The Detroit Lions were founded in 1930 in Portsmouth, Ohio and for the first four seasons of their existence were known as the Portsmouth Spartans. The Spartans played their home games at University Stadium, now Spartan Municipal Stadium. In 1934 the franchise moved to Detroit after they were bought by George Richards, the owner of WJR-Detroit, one of the most prominent and well known radio stations at the time in the country. Richards purchased the Lions for a measly $7,952.08 and the move was official. The Portsmouth Spartans were now the Detroit Lions. The Lions originally played at the University of Detroit Stadium from 1934-1937 and again in 1940. In 1938 the Lions moved their home games to Tiger Stadium and remained there until 1974. From 1975-2001 they played at Pontiac Stadium and in 2002 they moved into their current home, Ford Field.
Lions Playoff History
Throughout their history the Lions have made the playoffs 17 times, just twice however since 1999, in 2011, and again in 2014. The Lions have won their division just four times- 1935, 1983, 1991, and 1993. They have also won their conference four times, the last coming in 1957. They have also won the league four times, the last coming in 1957.
Future Plans for Detroit Lions in 2016
Right now nobody quite knows what direction the Lions are going to go, or what they are even doing for that matter. They have been trying with this current format since the turn of the decade and outside of a couple of wild card appearances, it hasn't produced very much. The Lions have been a "one trick pony" on offense for a long time now, and one-half of their only offensive weapons is calling it a career. Nothing is official yet, but reports are that All-Pro wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson has informed the Lions he intends to retire this offseason. The other half of that one trick pony, quarterback Matthew Stafford, is frustrating a lot of people because he appears to be regressing. Some have even suggested that if Johnson does in fact retire, the Lions should trade Matthew Stafford this offseason and use that as an official starting point of a rebuild. Guess it is just wait and see at the moment.