- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
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He was the best cornerback the Detroit Lions have had in a decade and now Dre Bly is headed to the Hall of Fame.
The College Football Hall of Fame.
Bly, who played cornerback for the Lions from 2003-06 as part of 11 seasons in the NFL, was one of the players elected Thursday. Bly intercepted 19 passes in his four seasons with the Lions and also had 201 tackles in those four seasons. He also made the Pro Bowl in 2003 and 2004.
Originally drafted by St. Louis, he signed with the Lions in free agency in 2003. He was a staple at cornerback for Detroit until he was traded by the Lions in 2007 for running back Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a fifth-round pick that became linebacker Johnny Baldwin.
He made the Hall of Fame, though, for his time at North Carolina, where he was a three-time All-American.