In the history of the NFL, there maybe no team with as many quality defensive backs as the Detroit Lions. In fact, five Lion DBs are in enshrined in Canton. Today in our 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions countdown, a defensive back nicknamed “Big Play” is honored.
95. Ray Crockett
Cornerback. 1989-93 Detroit; 1994-2000 Denver Broncos; 2001-02 Kansas City Chiefs
Crockett played college football at Baylor University, and was Detroit’s fourth-round selection in the 1989 draft. The 5-foot-10, 185 pound cornerback was the classic gambler at his position. Throughout his Lion career, he possessed the knack for making the key defensive play to thwart the opposition.
Ray collected one interception as a rookie reserve in ‘89. Then he added three more, while starting six games, in 1990. In addition to his picks that year, he returned a fumble for a touchdown and added a sack. Crockett had a breakout year in 1991, leading the NFC with 6 interceptions, returning them for 141 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a spectacular 96-yard return during the Lions’ 34-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on October 27.
Ray would add six-more interceptions over the next two years before exiting Detroit to sign with the Denver Broncos as a free-agent in 1994. He would earn two Super Bowl rings with the Broncos in 1997 and ‘98 as their starting cornerback. Crockett would go on to play another two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, ending his NFL career in 2002 with 36 career-interceptions.