Legend to Legend: Lions cornerback Lem Barney

12/16/2015

Lem-Barney-HOFFew professional football players have a resume quite like Lem Barney’s.

The Mississippi native spent 11 seasons with the Detroit Lions, intercepting 56 passes and earning seven Pro Bowl selections. His time in Detroit from 1967-1977 also led him to one of the oddest credits you’ll ever see – backup vocals on Marvin Gaye’s seminal hit, “What’s Going On.”

On the field, the Hall of Famer made an impact from his very first play, when he intercepted a pass and took it back for a touchdown.

(Listen to James Lofton’s interview with fellow Hall of Famer Lem Barney)

 

For more on the history of the game, visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, or online at ProFootballHOF.com.

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