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{{Infobox NFL season
 
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| team = Detroit Lions
 
| team = Detroit Lions
 
| year = 1963
 
| year = 1963
| record = 5-8-1
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| record = 5–8–1
 
| division_place = 4th [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
 
| division_place = 4th [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Western]]
| coach = [[George Wilson (football coach)]]
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| coach = [[George Wilson (football coach)|George Wilson]]
 
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
 
| stadium = [[Tiger Stadium (Detroit)|Tiger Stadium]]
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
 
| playoffs = ''did not qualify''
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The '''1963 [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 30th season in Detroit and their 34th season overall. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle indefinitely suspended Lions Defensive Tackle Alex Karras along with Packers Halfback Paul Hornung for placing bets on NFL teams. Five other Lions players were fined $2000 each for betting on games that they did not play in. The Lions franchise was fined $2000 each on two counts for failure to report information promptly and for lack of sideline supervision.<ref>NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.282</ref>
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The '''1963 [[Detroit Lions]] season''' was their 30th season in Detroit and their 34th season overall. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle indefinitely suspended Lions Defensive Tackle Alex Karras along with Packers Halfback Paul Hornung for placing bets on NFL teams. Five other Lions players were fined $2000 each for betting on games that they did not play in. The Lions franchise was fined $2000 each on two counts for failure to report information promptly and for lack of sideline supervision.<ref>NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, {{ISBN|0-7611-2480-2}}, p.282</ref> 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.
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==Offseason==
 
==Offseason==
 
===NFL Draft===
 
===NFL Draft===
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| 1 || 12 ||Daryl Sanders||Offensive Tackle||Ohio State
 
| 1 || 12 ||Daryl Sanders||Offensive Tackle||Ohio State
 
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|}<ref>NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 395</ref>
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|}<ref>NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, {{ISBN|0-7611-2480-2}}, p. 395</ref>
   
 
==Preseason==
 
==Preseason==
 
===Paper Lion===
 
===Paper Lion===
 
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'''''Paper Lion''''', published in [[1966]], is a non-fiction book by prominent [[United States|American]] writer [[George Plimpton]].
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'''''Paper Lion''''', published in 1966, is a non-fiction book by prominent [[United States|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 [[coach (sports)|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.
 
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 [[coach (sports)|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.
   
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| 1
 
| 1
 
| September 14, 1963
 
| September 14, 1963
| at [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| at [[Los Angeles Rams]]
| W 23-2
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| W 23–2
 
| <center>49,342</center>
 
| <center>49,342</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| September 22, 1963
 
| September 22, 1963
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| at [[Green Bay Packers]]
| L 31-10
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| L 31–10
 
| <center>45,912</center>
 
| <center>45,912</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| September 29, 1963
 
| September 29, 1963
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| [[Chicago Bears]]
| L 37-21
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| L 37–21
 
| <center>55,400</center>
 
| <center>55,400</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 6, 1963
 
| October 6, 1963
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| W 26-3
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| W 26–3
 
| <center>44,088</center>
 
| <center>44,088</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 13, 1963
 
| October 13, 1963
 
| at [[Dallas Cowboys]]
 
| at [[Dallas Cowboys]]
| L 17-14
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| L 17–14
 
| <center>27,264</center>
 
| <center>27,264</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| October 20, 1963
 
| October 20, 1963
 
| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
 
| [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| L 25-21
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| L 25–21
 
| <center>51,901</center>
 
| <center>51,901</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| October 27, 1963
 
| October 27, 1963
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| W 28-10
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| W 28–10
 
| <center>44,509</center>
 
| <center>44,509</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| November 3, 1963
 
| November 3, 1963
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| at [[San Francisco 49ers]]
| W 45-7
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| W 45–7
 
| <center>33,511</center>
 
| <center>33,511</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 10, 1963
 
| November 10, 1963
 
| at [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
 
| at [[History of the Indianapolis Colts|Baltimore Colts]]
| L 24-21
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| L 24–21
 
| <center>59,758</center>
 
| <center>59,758</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| 10
 
| 10
 
| November 17, 1963
 
| November 17, 1963
| [[St. Louis Rams|Los Angeles Rams]]
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| [[Los Angeles Rams]]
| L 28-21
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| L 28–21
 
| <center>44,951</center>
 
| <center>44,951</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| November 24, 1963
 
| November 24, 1963
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| at [[Minnesota Vikings]]
| L 34-31
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| L 34–31
 
| <center>28,763</center>
 
| <center>28,763</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
 
|-style="background: #ffeeaa;"
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| November 28, 1963
 
| November 28, 1963
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
 
| [[Green Bay Packers]]
| T 13-13
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| T 13–13
 
| <center>54,016</center>
 
| <center>54,016</center>
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
 
|-style="background: #ddffdd;"
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| December 8, 1963
 
| December 8, 1963
 
| [[Cleveland Browns]]
 
| [[Cleveland Browns]]
| W 38-10
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| W 38–10
 
| <center>51,382</center>
 
| <center>51,382</center>
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
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| December 15, 1963
 
| December 15, 1963
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
 
| at [[Chicago Bears]]
| L 24-14
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| L 24–14
 
| <center>45,317</center>
 
| <center>45,317</center>
 
|}
 
|}
   
===Standings===
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===Game summaries===
{| class="wikitable" style="font-size: 95%;"
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|-
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====Week 1====
! colspan="8" style="background-color: #FFCBCB;" align="center" valign="middle" | [[Eastern and Western Divisions (NFL) 1933-69|NFL Eastern]]
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|-
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{{AFB game box start
!
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|Title=
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|Visitor=Lions
! L
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|V1= 10|V2= 10|V3=0 |V4=3
! T
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|Host=Rams
! PCT
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|H1=0 |H2=0 |H3=2 |H4=0
! PF
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|Date=September 14
! PA
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|Location=[[Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum]]
! STK
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|StartTime=
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|TimeZone=
| [[1963 Chicago Bears season|Chicago Bears]]
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|ElapsedTime=
| align="center" | 11
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|Attendance=49,342
| align="center" | 1
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|Weather=70°F; wind 10
| align="center" | 2
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|Referee=
| align="center" | .917
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|TVAnnouncers=
| align="center" | 301
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|TVStation=
| align="center" | 144
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}}
| align="center" | W-2
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{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry=yes |Quarter=Q1 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Wayne Walker|Walker]] 46 yard field goal |Score=DET 3–0 |LastEntry=}}
|-
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{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry= |Quarter=Q1 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Dan Lewis (American football)|Lewis]] 2 yard run (Walker kick) |Score=DET 10–0 |LastEntry=}}
| [[1963 Green Bay Packers season|Green Bay Packers]]
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{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry= |Quarter=Q2 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=Walker 12 yard field goal |Score=DET 13–0 |LastEntry=}}
| align="center" | 11
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{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry= |Quarter=Q2 |Time= |Team=DET |Event=[[Dick LeBeau|LeBeau]] 70 yard interception return (Walker kick) |Score=DET 20–0 |LastEntry=}}
| align="center" | 2
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{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry= |Quarter=Q3 |Time= |Team=LA |Event=Safety, [[Larry Ferguson|Ferguson]] tackled in end zone by [[Lindon Crow|Crow]] |Score= DET 20–2|LastEntry=}}
| align="center" | 1
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{{AFB Game Box Scoring Entry |FirstEntry= |Quarter=Q4 |Time= |Team=DET |Event= Walker 34 yard field goal |Score=DET 23–2 |LastEntry=yes}}
| align="center" | .846
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{{AFB game box end}}
| align="center" | 369
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| align="center" | 206
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<ref>[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/196309140ram.htm Pro-Football-Reference.com]. Retrieved 2015-May-22.</ref>
| align="center" | W-2
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|-
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| [[1963 Baltimore Colts season|Baltimore Colts]]
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| align="center" | 8
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==Standings==
| align="center" | 6
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{{1963 NFL Western standings}}
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .571
 
| align="center" | 316
 
| align="center" | 285
 
| align="center" | W-3
 
|-style="background: #ffdddd;"
 
| '''Detroit Lions'''
 
| align="center" | 5
 
| align="center" | 8
 
| align="center" | 1
 
| align="center" | .385
 
| align="center" | 326
 
| align="center" | 265
 
| align="center" | L-1
 
|-
 
| [[1963 Minnesota Vikings season|Minnesota Vikings]]
 
| align="center" | 5
 
| align="center" | 8
 
| align="center" | 1
 
| align="center" | .385
 
| align="center" | 309
 
| align="center" | 390
 
| align="center" | W-1
 
|-
 
| [[1963 Los Angeles Rams season|Los Angeles Rams]]
 
| align="center" | 5
 
| align="center" | 9
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .357
 
| align="center" | 210
 
| align="center" | 350
 
| align="center" | L-2
 
|-
 
| [[1963 San Francisco 49ers season|San Francisco 49ers]]
 
| align="center" | 2
 
| align="center" | 12
 
| align="center" | 0
 
| align="center" | .143
 
| align="center" | 198
 
| align="center" | 391
 
| align="center" | L-5
 
|}
 
   
 
===Roster===
 
===Roster===
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
{| class="toccolours" style="text-align: left;"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;" | {{Tnavbar-header|'''Detroit Lions roster'''|Detroit Lions roster|plain=1|fontcolor=#C3C6CC}}
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! colspan="7" style="background-color:#006DB0;color:#C3C6CC;text-align:center;" | Detroit Lions roster
 
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|-
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
 
| style="font-size: 95%;" valign="top" | '''Quarterbacks'''
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==Awards and honors==
 
==Awards and honors==
 
{{Empty section|date=July 2010}}
 
{{Empty section|date=July 2010}}
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
*[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1963.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
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*[https://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/det/1963.htm?redir Detroit Lions on Pro Football Reference]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1963-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
*[http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1963-det Detroit Lions on jt-sw.com]
 
{{Detroit Lions}}
 
{{Detroit Lions}}
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[[Category:1963 National Football League season by team|Detroit]]
 
[[Category:1963 National Football League season by team|Detroit]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
 
[[Category:Detroit Lions seasons]]
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[[Category:1963 in sports in Michigan|Detroit Lions]]

Revision as of 14:29, April 13, 2019

1963 Detroit Lions season
Head Coach George Wilson
Home Field Tiger Stadium
Results
Record 5–8–1
Place 4th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1962 1964

The 1963 Detroit Lions season was their 30th season in Detroit and their 34th season overall. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle indefinitely suspended Lions Defensive Tackle Alex Karras along with Packers Halfback Paul Hornung for placing bets on NFL teams. Five other Lions players were fined $2000 each for betting on games that they did not play in. The Lions franchise was fined $2000 each on two counts for failure to report information promptly and for lack of sideline supervision.[1] 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.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School
1 12 Daryl SandersOffensive TackleOhio State
[2]

Preseason

Paper Lion

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.

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 14, 1963 at Los Angeles Rams W 23–2
49,342
2 September 22, 1963 at Green Bay Packers L 31–10
45,912
3 September 29, 1963 Chicago Bears L 37–21
55,400
4 October 6, 1963 San Francisco 49ers W 26–3
44,088
5 October 13, 1963 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–14
27,264
6 October 20, 1963 Baltimore Colts L 25–21
51,901
7 October 27, 1963 Minnesota Vikings W 28–10
44,509
8 November 3, 1963 at San Francisco 49ers W 45–7
33,511
9 November 10, 1963 at Baltimore Colts L 24–21
59,758
10 November 17, 1963 Los Angeles Rams L 28–21
44,951
11 November 24, 1963 at Minnesota Vikings L 34–31
28,763
12 November 28, 1963 Green Bay Packers T 13–13
54,016
13 December 8, 1963 Cleveland Browns W 38–10
51,382
14 December 15, 1963 at Chicago Bears L 24–14
45,317

Game summaries

Week 1

by Quarter1234 Total
• Lions 10 10 0 3 23
Rams 0 0 2 0 2

[3]


Standings

Template:1963 NFL Western standings

Roster

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Awards and honors

Notes and references

  1. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.282
  2. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 395
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-May-22.
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