One of the most respected defensive backs in NFL History. A 2nd-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions out of Jackson State Lem Barney played 11 seasons (1967-1977) for the Detroit Lions. After being chosen as the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1967 he went on to play in 7 Pro Bowls.
Some of the other honors and Awards he received are:
Detroit Lions Hall of Fame (1980)
Jackson State Sports Hall of Fame (1983)
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1985)
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1986)
Pro Football Hall of Fame (1992)
The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players (1999)
In 2004, the Lions retired his jersey, #20.
Also played special teams as a kick returner and even punted on occasion. Retired after the 1977 season.
Image Gallery of Lem Barney, Cornerback/Kick Returner, Detroit Lions 1967-1977