In this edition of 100 Days, 100 Detroit Lions, we pay tribute to the receiver who, along with Herman Moore, became the first receiver duo in NFL history to amass 100 catches each in the regular season.
52. Brett Perriman
Wide Receiver. 1991-96 Detroit; 1988-90 New Orleans Saints; 1997 Kansas City Chiefs; 1997 Miami Dolphins
Brett Perriman joined the Lions on August 22, 1991, coming by trade from the New Orleans Saints for the sum of a fifth-round draft choice. Six years later the move was a certifiable steal as Perriman had become, at the time, the Lions’ most prolific pass catcher in franchise history this side of Herman Moore and Calvin Johnson.
Upon arriving in Motown in 1991, Perriman would lead the Lions in catches in his first two years with the club. In 1991 he would grab 52 passes, helping the Leos to a franchise best 12-4 record and a trip to the NFC Championship Game. In 1992, he would snare another 69 throws for 810 yards, and 4 scores. However, it would be in the year 1995 when Brett would team with Moore, and Lion quarterback Scott Mitchell, to record the greatest season for a receiving duo in NFL history. Perriman would catch 108 passes, for 1,488 yards and 9 touchdowns. Moore would grab a then-NFL record 123 passes, for 1,686 yards and 14 touchdowns. Their reception and yardage numbers remain one, and two, respectively, on the Lions’ all-time list for a single-season.
Perriman and Moore, along with third receiver Johnnie Morton, were also likely the best trio of blocking receivers in the entire NFL during their three seasons together (1994-96). Many times, during one of Barry Sanders’ breath-taking runs, you would see any or all of the trio making key downfield blocks for their star running back. Perriman currently holds the number four spot, behind Moore, Johnson and Morton, for career receptions (428), and yardage (5,244), on the Lions’ all-time list. Interestingly, not once in his entire career was Brett ever named to a Pro Bowl squad.