Gilbert Lee Mains (December 17, 1929 – January 10, 2009)

Team:  Detroit Lions NFL Football Team
Position: DE/DT/T
Height: 6' 2''  Weight: 243
Born: 12/17/1929, in Mount Carmel, IL, USA
High School: Mount Carmel (IL)
College: Murray State University

Mains played for the Lions from 1953-1961, and was part of the team the last time it won a championship title, in 1957. 

Mains was also a member of the Lions’ 1953 championship winning team, and was known in the NFL as “Wild Hoss,” because he would jump feet first into the opponent’s wedge on kickoff returns.

Mains was inducted into the Wayne State University Hall of Fame, at the school where he created and initiated the Tartar Gridiron Club. He was also inducted into Murray State University’s Hall of Fame, at the school he attended. 

In addition to his football career, Mains also served in the Korean War in the U.S. Army. He also performed as a professional wrestler in the Detroit area during the offseason, in order to stay in shape.

This page was last updated on: April 30, 2016
Gil's TOPPS Football Card