Happy Birthday to The Greatest RB of All Time?

Barry Sanders was born on July 16, 1968 in Wichita Kansas.  After a stellar career at Wichita North High School Barry chose to atend Oklahoma State.   He spent his first two years there backing up Thurman Thomas.  When Thomas left in 1988 the team became Barry's.  As a junior he won the Heisman Trophy and opted to leave the Cowboys to join the NFL.

Drafted third overall by the Lions in the 1989 draft, Barry's professional career began with a bang when he rushed for 18 yards on his first ever professional carry.  He was voted NFL Rookie of the Year in 1989. From then on the stats started piling up.  He is the first NFL player to rush for 1000 yards in his first ten seasons.  A 10 time Pro Bowler, he led the league in rushing four times.  His most impressive season was 1997 when he was voted league MVP. He rushed for 2,053 total yards that season and for 14 straight games he averaged 100+ yards.  Easy to see why he was voted MVP isn't it?

After the 1998 season Barry shocked the NFL by announcing his retirement.  He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2004.

The greatest running back to ever play the game?  Maybe.  Your thoughts?

 

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7/17/2009 1:58:01 AM

Jim Brown was a beast...and Emmitt did his thing...but Barry is most definitely the most ELUSIVE back of all time.  And if he had played longer - probably would be considered the GOAT of RBs.

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