Detroit Lions Player (1992 – 2004)
Robert Porcher was born in Wando, South Carolina and attended South Carolina State University. After an outstanding college career, he was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. Porcher’s career continued for 13 seasons during which he was selected to three Pro Bowls and named All-Pro three times. During his Lions career, Porcher played in 187 games which at the time of his retirement was the third highest total in Lions history as well as recording 673 career tackles, seventh highest in team history. He was one of the NFL’s most productive and feared defensive ends recording 95.5 quarterback sacks and leading the team for eight seasons. After his retirement from the Lions, Porcher became actively involved in the community raising thousands of dollars for cancer research. The Detroit Lions annual Man of the Year award is named after Robert Porcher in honor of his contributions to the community. Robert Porcher was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.