In tonight’s edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we honor a Motor City native, who became one of the great defensive ends in franchise history and was a member of the Lions’ last NFL championship team way back in 1957.
68. Darris McCord
Defensive End / Defensive Tackle / Offensive Tackle. 1955-67 Detroit
A native of Detroit, McCord was a solid performer for 13 years for his hometown Lions. He joined the team out of the University of Tennessee in 1955, right in the middle of the halcyon days of the fifties. He alternated between defensive tackle and end through 1958. In 1959 he moved to the left defensive end spot, remaining there for the rest of his Lion career.
McCord was one of the most durable Lions of all-time, missing only two regular-season games during his career. As a member of the NFL’s original “Fearsome Foursome,” he teamed with fellow end Sam Williams, and tackles Alex Karras and Roger Brown to form one of the most dominant defensive lines of the early sixties. The Foursome spearheaded a defense that holds two of the top four sack totals in Lion history, with 50 in 1964, and 49 in 1965. McCord would earn the lone Pro Bowl trip of his career at defensive tackle on Detroit’s 1957 championship squad.