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Barry Sanders

Category: Hall of Famers, Heisman Winners, NFL
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Biography:

Former Detroit Lion Barry Sanders is one of the greatest running backs American football has ever seen. Ranked by the NFL as the most elusive runner in history and the greatest player of the 1990’s, Sports Speaker Barry averaged over 1,500 rushing yards per season in the NFL, and his college career was just as noteworthy. While playing at Oklahoma State, Barry earned the Heisman Trophy in 1988 for what many consider the greatest individual season in college football history after piling up records left and right—he set 34 NCAA records, to be exact.

His professional career for the Detroit Lions was just as successful; after earning the Rookie of the Year Award in his NFL debut season, shortly after Barry became a member of the single season 2,000 rushing yards club in 1997. He continued to rack up record and honors, from the NFL record for most consecutive 100-yard games and the NFL Alumni Running Back of the Year in 1997. That same year, he and Brett Favre shared the Associated Press’s NFL Most Valuable Player Award. Barry carried the team on his back until his retirement in 1999, walking off the field 15,029 rushing yards total in his career, third to only Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith. After his retirement, the Detroit Lions retired his #20 jersey. In 2004, Barry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Famer documented his prolific career in his autobiography Barry Sanders: Now You See Him, and beat out other football legends like Adrian Peterson, Jerry Rice, and Ray Lewis to cover the 2014 EA Sports Madden NFL 25 game. He has appeared in numerous advertisements for Pepsi and Nissan, and hosts a golf tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. His son Barry J. Sanders continues to carry on his football legacy as a top notch running back.