Barry Sanders Celebrity LifeBorn on the 16th of July 1968, Barry Sanders is an American gridiron professional football player, who is known for being one of the best running backs that the sport has ever seen. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, United States.
Sanders represented the Detroit Lions for 10 seasons from the years 1989-98, has been the leader of the National Football League, shortly known as the NFL, in the field of rushing as many as four times and got selected for the Pro Bowl every single year without fail.
As of the year 2004, Barry Sanders is part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sanders was quite short when he was in high school. His height was at a meager 1.73 meters or 5feet and 8 inches. His short height was one of the major reasons that discouraged coaches from ever playing him in the role of a running back.
It was not until his senior year’s last five games that he got to play in the position that he had excelled in throughout his career.
However, in these very few matches, Sanders managed to gain an astonishing 1,417 yards that allowed him to shine out as a prodigious talent and secure a scholarship to the Oklahoma State University.
In the year 1988, Sanders was given the role of starting halfback and held a rushing stat of 2,628 yards, which became a record of being the best rushing performance by a single person throughout the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s history.
This feat helped Sanders win the Heisman Trophy, signifying him to be the best college-level football player in the nation for that year. The next year OSU faced probation, which forced Sanders to declare that he was eligible to be picked in the professional draft.
The Detroit Lions, for whom he went on to play for the next 10 seasons, selected him as their third overall draft pick.
Sanders is considered to be a legendary running back in the history of the sport owing to the fact that he has set multiple records throughout his playing career.
The most notable amongst these are for setting the record of being the athlete to rush more than 1,000 yards consecutively in 10 seasons, for being an athlete to rush 1,500 or greater yards in five different seasons, and being the first athlete to achieve such a feat in four seasons consecutively.
He also holds the record for being the athlete to rush more than 100 yards in back-to-back 14 games. The highlighting season in his career has got to be the 1997 season when Sanders set the record of being only the third running back to rush farther than 2000 yards.
His record of rushing for 2,053 yards and pass receptions of 305 yards, which makes a combined total of 2,358 yards, is a standing record for running backs completed within a single season.
Sanders took a very strange decision of retiring at a time when he was in his athletic peak. Much like Jim Brown, he left the game when he was performing his very best. Sanders held a career-rushing statistic of 15,269 yards and as many as 99 rushing touchdowns.
His statistics were so good that had he continued playing football he might have even eclipsed the all-time records set by the legendary football player Walter Payton. However, this was not to be as Sanders retired from professional football during the 1998 season.
He was only 1,457 yards away from breaking the all-time rushing record in the NFL at the time of his retirement. Sanders also had to pay back a sum larger than $5 million to the Detroit Lions, which he had received from them as a signing bonus, after announcing his retirement from professional football.
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