The Best of the Detroit Lions: Barry Sanders

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barry barry, photo by daveraoul.

Yahoo has a feature on the five greatest Detroit Lions players. Though them might have missed the tackle on kick-returner Mel Gray (Charlie Sanders anyone?), they definitely nailed the rest with defensive back Dick “Night Train” Lane, linebacker Joe Schmidt, quarterback Bobby Layne and their unquestioned #1, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.

The Barry Sanders entry at the Pro Football Hall of Fame begins:

One of the game’s most electrifying runners, Barry Sanders rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions (1989-1998). He was the first running back ever to do so. The 1988 Heisman Trophy winner was also just the third person to gain more than 2,000 yards in a season, a feat he accomplished in 1997.

Sanders, after forgoing his senior season at Oklahoma State, made his pro debut just three days after signing with the Lions, who had made him their first-round pick and the third overall pick in the 1989 draft. He absolutely dazzled a Pontiac Silverdome crowd when he dashed for an 18-yard gain on his first carry as an NFL running back. But that was just the beginning. His 1,470 yards rushing that season, a-then Lions record, fell just 10 yards short of the league’s best for the year.

Read the rest and if you want to put a little jingle in Barry’s probably already jingling pockets, head over to If you need a little Barry to wash the Lions dismal decade out of your thoughts, head over to YouTube for the Barry Sanders highlight reel.

Dave writes that he misses this guy. Check the photo out bigger and in his slideshow.

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