5 Football Players who Played for Browns and Lions

There is a good chance that if you’ve found this page then you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.

That also means that today’s grid has asked for players that have played for both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions.

And, it also means that you’re probably stuck on this particular box and you’re looking for a little help. Sound about right so far?

Well, good news, you’re in the right place.

I’ve done some research and have found players who played for both the Browns and the Lions.

Jamie Collins

Jamie Collins, a linebacker in the NFL, has carved out a noteworthy career since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

A product of Southern Mississippi, Collins made an immediate impact on the Patriots’ defense, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and contributing to a Super Bowl win in the 2014 season.

To date, Collins has accumulated 26.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 19 forced fumbles and has 2 defensive touchdowns.

*Collins has previously been the most popular pick for this square (Grid 2)

Ty Detmer

Ty Detmer was drafted in the ninth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Detmer went on to play for several teams throughout his career, including the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, and the Detroit Lions.

In terms of individual accolades, Detmer won the Heisman Trophy in 1990 while playing for Brigham Young University. Despite his success in college, he was primarily a backup in the NFL, starting only 25 games over his 14-season career.

Detmer had some bright spots during his time with the Eagles, where he started some games and threw for almost 3,000 yards in the 1996 season. However, he was unable to maintain a starting role for an extended period due to injuries and competition.

Lomas Brown

Lomas Brown was known as one of the NFL’s top offensive tackles during his career. Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round, 6th overall, in the 1985 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida, Brown played 11 seasons for the Lions, during which he earned Pro Bowl honors seven times and 1st Team All-Pro once.

In addition to the Lions, Brown also had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a part of the 2002 Buccaneers team that won the Super Bowl.

Over his 18-year career, Brown was recognized not only for his athleticism but also for his leadership and intelligence on the field. His excellent footwork, combined with his size and strength, made him an effective and durable player, appearing in 263 games in total.

Jeff Garcia

Jeff Garcia carved out a notable career in the NFL (and also excelled in the Canadian Football League (CFL)). Starting his professional career in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, he won the Grey Cup in 1998.

Garcia then moved to the NFL, spending the most significant part of his career with the San Francisco 49ers (1999–2003), where he earned Pro Bowl honors three times.

Known for his scrambling ability and toughness, Garcia passed for 25,537 yards and 161 touchdowns in the NFL. Despite stints with four other NFL teams, he’s most remembered for his time with the 49ers.

Garcia Key Stats

  • Pro Bowl (49ers, Buccaneers)
  • 3000+ Yard Passing Season (49ers)

Josh McCown

Josh McCown, known for his resilience and adaptability, carved out a noteworthy 17-year career in the NFL – mostly as a reliable backup quarterback.

From his entry into the league with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, he played for 9 different teams, a few times as the starting QB, but also stepping in and performing effectively whenever called upon when he wasn’t.

He threw for over 17,000 yards and 98 touchdowns, holding a career passer rating of around 80. Particularly impressive stints came with the Chicago Bears in 2013 and the New York Jets in 2017.

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