In this edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we remember the career of a former Pro Bowl defensive end who is the franchises’ all-time sack leader.
41. Robert Porcher
Defensive End / Defensive Tackle. 1991-2004 Detroit
Quiet, Steady, Productive . . . all three words fittingly describe the Lions’ all-time career leader in quarterback sacks. Robert joined the Lions in 1992 as their first-round selection out of South Carolina State. He began his career at defensive tackle and became a starter late in his second season, finishing the year with 47 tackles and a team leading 8.5 sacks. He remained at tackle through the end of the 1995 season, recording only a disappointing 17.5 sacks to that point in his career. Then in 1996, head coach Wayne Fontes moved Porcher outside to left defensive end, and second-year player Luther Ellis from left end to tackle. It turned out to be a great move for both players, as both Porcher and Ellis quickly emerged as Pro Bowl caliber performers at their new positions.
The 6-foot-3, 266 pound Porcher combined quickness, strength, and flawless technique, making himself one of the most feared defensive ends of his era. Porcher’s most dominating stretch came from 1996-1999 when he collected 49 sacks and 298 tackles. Robert has been selected to three Pro Bowls (1998, 2000, 2002), and has been voted by his teammates as the Lem Barney Defensive MVP three-times (1997, 1999, and 2001). In 2001 he became the Lions’ all-time leader in quarterback sacks, surpassing Al “Bubba” Baker. Porcher hold the Lions record for career sacks (95.5). In addition, his 691 career tackles rank him in the top-ten all-time in franchise history.