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Barry Sanders

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Position: Running back
College: Oklahoma State
NFL draft: 1989, 1st round,
3rd overall,
Detroit Lions
Pro career: 10 seasons
Hall of Fame: Pro Football
Michigan Sports

Barry David Sanders (born July 16, 1968) was a running back in the National Football League who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. He was the seventh of eleven children born to William and Shirley Ann Sanders in Wichita, Kansas.

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Biography

Sanders first attempt at running back didn't come until the fourth game of his senior year (1985) at Wichita North High School. In the final seven games of the season, he rushed for 1,322 yards. Standing at just 5 feet 8 inches, most college coaches thought he was too small. Sanders spent his first two years at Oklahoma State University as a backup for All-American Thurman Thomas. He called it a "great experience". "I could study the great approach to the game that [Thomas] had." In his junior year, Sanders went on to rush for 2,628 yards and 39 touchdowns and win the 1988 Heisman Trophy.

The Detroit Lions selected Sanders with their 1st-round pick in the 1989 draft. His smaller size and quickness made him an effective running back. He was notorious for sometimes running the full width of the field to gain only a yard on a play then, on the next, suddenly breaking through a hole for a 60 yard gain.

Sanders' most productive year came in 1997. Rushing for 2,053 yards, he became only the third player to reach 2,000 yards in a single season. He was the first running back to rush for 1,500 yards in five seasons and the only one to do it four consecutive years. He also set an NFL record by rushing for at least 100 yards in 14 consecutive games. He was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

On July 28, 1999, at the age of 31, Sanders announced his retirement from pro football. He left football having gained 15,269 yards and 109 touchdowns, the former statistic placing him behind only Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.

Sanders's retirement was a matter of some controversy. Two years beforehand, Sanders had renewed his contract with the Lions for $35.4 million over 6 years with an $11 million signing bonus. When he retired with several years left on his contract, the Lions demanded that he return $7.3 million of the bonus.[1] (http://www.sportslawnews.com/archive/articles%201999/Sandersbonus.htm) Sanders refused, and the Lions sued and eventually won a judgment against him. On February 15, 2000, arbitrator Sam Kagel ruled that Sanders was in default of his bonus agreement and owed $5.5 million plus interest over the next three years.[2] (http://www.detnews.com/2000/lions/0002/25/02160198.htm)

On August 8, 2004, Sanders became the third youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only Gale Sayers (34) and Jim Brown (35) were younger.

As of 2005, Sanders lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Lauren Campbell, a former weekend news anchor in Detroit, and three children. He is a majority stock holder of a bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and regularly attends card shows, charities, and the golf course.

Career highlights

Career statistics

Regular season

¹Led league ²Second place ³Third place Tied
Year Rushing Receiving Total
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Yds TD
1989 280 1,470² 5.3 142† 24 282 11.8 0 1,752³ 14
1990 255 1,304¹ 5.1 13³ 36 480 13.3 3 1,784² 16¹
1991 342² 1,548² 4.5 16¹ 41 307 7.5 1 1,855² 17¹
1992 3123† 1,352 4.3 9 29 225 7.8 1 1,577 10
1993 243 1,115 4.6 3 36 205 5.7 0 1,320 3
1994 331 1,883¹ 5.7 7 44 283 6.4 1 2,166¹ 8
1995 314 1,500² 4.8 11 48 398 8.3 1 1,898² 12
1996 307 1,553¹ 5.1 11 24 147 6.1 0 1,700³ 11
1997 335 2,053¹ 6.1 113† 33 305 9.2 3 2,358¹ 14³
1998 343 1,491 4.3 4 37 289 7.8 0 1,780 4
Total
(all-time)
3,062
(4th)
15,269
(3rd)
5.0 99
(6th)
352 2,921 8.3 10 18,190
(4th)
109
(10th)

Playoffs

Year Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
1992 23 113 4.9 1 9 45 5.0 0
1994 40 168 4.2 0 5 4 0.8 0
1995 10 40 4.0 0 2 19 9.5 0
1997 18 65 3.6 0 5 43 8.6 0
Total 91 386 4.2 1 21 111 5.3 0

Reference

  • Gil Brandt, "Hall recall: Barry Sanders", NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com), July 22, 2004.[3] (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/7517114)
  • Craig Ellenport, "Sanders was born to run", NFL.com (http://www.NFL.com), August 8, 2004.[4] (http://nfl.com/news/story/7560286)
  • Mark McCormick and Barry Sanders, Barry Sanders: Now you See Him: His Story in His Own Words (Emmis Books, 2003). ISBN 1578601398
  • Sam Mellinger, "A Hard Man to Catch", The Kansas City Star, August 8, 2004, pp. C1, C8.

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