Allen Park, Mich.— Detroit Lions T Jeff Backus, who holds the Lions all-time franchise record with 187 consecutive starts, announced today his retirement from the National Football League after 12 seasons.
Backus has served as the Lions’ starting left tackle since he was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of the University of Michigan. He ranks third all-time in team history with 191 career games.
Backus’ stretch of service for the Lions included a 2011 playoff game at New Orleans as his franchise record of 187 consecutive starts ended last season when he was officially designated inactive on Thanksgiving Day vs. Houston (11/22).
On December 4, 2011, Backus set the team’s all-time franchise record by starting his 172nd consecutive game when the Lions traveled to New Orleans. He broke the previous record of 171 set by Hall of Fame CB Dick LeBeau.
Since the 1970 merger, Backus is also the first offensive lineman to begin his career and start his first 160 career games. At San Francisco (9/16) last season, he set a franchise record for the most games played by an offensive lineman in team history, breaking the previous mark of 177 games by C Kevin Glover.
Nice guy and, unlike many other players, always took questions after bad losses. Hope he has a good time hunting and fishing in Georgia.
And, in happier news, Louis Delmas (aka Bob Sanders ... the Bob Sanders that never could stay healthy) is gone.
My hand to God, she's gonna be at Carnegie Hall. But you - I'll let you have her now at the old price, OK? Which is, which is anything you wanna give me. Anything at all.