1963 Detroit Lions season
|1963 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||George Wilson|
|Home field||Tiger Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFL Western|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1963 Detroit Lions season was their thirtieth in Detroit and 34th overall. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle indefinitely suspended Lions defensive tackle Alex Karras and Packers' halfback Paul Hornung for placing bets on NFL teams. Five other Lions players were fined $2,000 each for betting on games that they did not play in. The Lions franchise was fined $2,000 each on two counts for failure to report information promptly and for lack of sideline supervision. The gambling controversy proved to be a big distraction on the field as well, as the Lions could not build on the success of the previous season, finishing 5–8–1.
On Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, the Lions met the Packers for the thirteenth consecutive season. The game ended in a tie, the first for the Packers in five years, and it was the end of the holiday series for Green Bay. Their visit to Tiger Stadium the following year was on a Monday night in late September, and the visiting opponent for Thanksgiving was rotated, starting with the Chicago Bears.
|1||12||Daryl Sanders||Offensive Tackle||Ohio State|
Paper Lion, published in 1966, is a non-fiction book by prominent American writer George Plimpton. Plimpton pitched to a lineup of baseball stars in an All-Star exhibition, presumably to answer the question, "How would the average man off of the street fare in an attempt to compete with the stars of professional sports?" He chronicled this experience in his book, Out of My League. In Paper Lion, Plimpton joins the training camp of the 1963 Detroit Lions on the premise of trying out to be the team's third-string quarterback. (The coaches were aware of the deception; the players were not until it became apparent that Plimpton did not really know how to receive the snap from center.) Plimpton, then thirty-six, showed how unlikely it would be for an "average" person to succeed as a professional athlete. When finally inserted at quarterback for a series in a scrimmage conducted in Pontiac, Michigan, Plimpton managed to lose yardage on each play, convincing many in the crowd that he was a professional sports clown inserted for amusement purposes, not someone who was genuinely giving his best effort.
|1||September 14||at Los Angeles Rams||W 23–2||1–0|
|2||September 22||at Green Bay Packers||L 10–31||1–1|
|3||September 29||Chicago Bears||L 21–37||1–2|
|4||October 6||San Francisco 49ers||W 26–3||2–2|
|5||October 13||at Dallas Cowboys||L 14–17||2–3|
|6||October 20||Baltimore Colts||L 21–25||2–4|
|7||October 27||Minnesota Vikings||W 28–10||3–4|
|8||November 3||at San Francisco 49ers||W 45–7||4–4|
|9||November 10||at Baltimore Colts||L 21–24||4–5|
|10||November 17||Los Angeles Rams||L 21–28||4–6|
|11||November 24||at Minnesota Vikings||L 31–34||4–7|
|12||November 28||Green Bay Packers||T 13–13||4–7–1|
|13||December 8||Cleveland Browns||W 38–10||5–7–1|
|14||December 15||at Chicago Bears||L 14–24||5–8–1|
|NFL Western Conference|
|Green Bay Packers||11||2||1||.846||9–2–1||369||206||W2|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||9||0||.357||5–7||210||350||L2|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||12||0||.143||1–11||198||391||L5|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Detroit Lions roster|
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
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Notes and references
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.282
- Johnson, Chuck (November 29, 1963). "Lions tie Packers, 13 to 13". Milwaukee Journal. p. 22, part 2.
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 395
- "Lions flatten Rams, 23-2". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 15, 1963. p. 1B.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-22.