Meltdown

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: Barry Sanders during the Pro Football Hall of Fame half time show during the Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions game at Ford Field on October 18, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There’s been lots of pro athletes who’ve come and gone through Detroit. There’s been championship teams, and not….looking at you, Lions. Here’s some of the greatest athletes to play here, and never win a championship, based on your responses to this question on my Facebook and Twitter earlier this week.

  • Dino Ciccarelli

    It took him many years to get into the hockey Hall of Fame, but he finally got there in 2010. As far as his championship hopes, they faded after he left Detroit in 1995 and went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, never to play another playoff game.

  • Calvin Johnson

    This one is easy. “Megatron” never reached the promised land with the Lions, nor has anyone else. In his All Star career, he only got the chance to play in two post season games, with losses in both.

  • Ty Cobb

    I’ll admit, he’s a little before my time. Although he got close, “no soup” for Ty.

  • Pat LaFontaine

    Although he never played for any Detroit teams, he’s from here. Another guy with All Star years, and zero titles.

  • Grant Hill

    In his All Star career he went championship-less.

  • Bob Probert

    With a team that had a lot of tough guys, he was the toughest. Plus, he could play the game. They only championship he won was that of heavyweight champ! In 81 playoff games, he had 16 goals, 32 assists and 274 penalty minutes! Oh, and he’s the only player whose video came with a warning.

  • Barry Sanders

    I mean, come on. A total no-brainer. This guy was the best! In years and on teams that were just not good, he was always worth the price of admission.

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