The Detroit Lions are an American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are currently members of the National Football Conference's North (NFC North) Division in the National Football League (NFL).
Originally based in Portsmouth, Ohio and called the Portsmouth Spartans, the team began play in 1929 as an independent professional team, one of many such teams in the Ohio and Scioto River valleys. For the 1930 season, the Spartans formally joined the NFL as the other area independents folded because of the Great Depression. Despite success within the NFL, they could not survive in Portsmouth; the team was purchased and moved to Detroit for the 1934 season.
The Lions have won four NFL Championships, the last in 1957, and have yet to qualify for the Super Bowl.
Detroit Fans have reason to believe 2007 will be the year they go deep into the playoffs. Matt Millen recently announced via televised press conference that he has convinced former Michigan native, Jim Abbott to join the team. He will be competing for the starting running back position, currently held by Kevin Jones. Millen was elated, claiming, "Jim has the best stiff-arm I have seen in all of my days being around this game."