Won 1988 Heisman Trophy as junior at Oklahoma St.; all-time NCAA single season leader in rushing (2,628 yards), scoring (234 points) and TDs (39); 4-time NFL rushing leader with Detroit Lions (1990,94,96,97); NFC Rookie of Year (1988); 2-time NFL Player of Year (1991,97); NFC MVP (1994); rushed for…more
During Sanders career with the Lions, they made the playoffs 5 times.
In the video game Knockout Kings 2002, Sanders is an unlockable boxer.
Sanders appears in the video game NFL Street as an unlockable legend.
Sanders has 111 career playoff recieving yards.
Sanders has 386 career playoff rushing yards.
Sanders has 99 career rushing touchdowns.
Sanders has a 5.0 rushing average for his career.
Sanders has 3,062 career rushing attempts.
Sanders has 2,921 career recieving yards.
Sanders has 10 career recieving touchdowns.
Sanders has 352 career receptions.
During his career, Sanders never once spiked the ball after a touchdown.
When Sanders left Oklahoma State, he was the teams all time leading scorer with 330 points (55 touchdowns).
In 1997 Sanders shared the Associated Press's NFL Most Valuable Player Award with Brett Favre.
In 1997, Sanders had an NFL record 14 consecutive 100 yard games.
Sanders rushed for over 1,500 yards in a season five times, an NFL record.
Sanders set 34 NCAA records during his Heisman season.
Sanders holds the NFL record for most yards gained on a Thanksgiving Day game.
Sanders led the NFL in rushing four times during his career:1990, 1994, 1996 and 1997.
Sanders holds the NCAA Division 1-A records for rushing yards in a year with 2,628 and for touchdowns in a year with 39.
Sanders spent his first two years at Oklahoma State as the backup running back, behind Thurman Thomas.
Oklahoma State initially recruited Sanders as a kick returner.
Sanders NFL career lasted from 1989 to 1998.
Sanders was a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
Sanders was the 3rd pick in the 1st Round of 1989 NFL Draft.
His jersey is one of six to be retired by the Lions as of 2007.
He left with several years left on his contract and was sued because he refused to give up his bonus.
He holds the NFL record for negative yardage.
He has three children.
He scored 109 touchdowns during his career.
He had 15,269 rushing yards during his career.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2004.
He went to 10 Pro Bowls.
He went to Oklahoma State.
He wears number 20.
One of the best running back ever to play.
He played 10 years in the NFL.
Won Heisman Trophy as junior in college in 1988.
Barry was 1988 NFC Rookie of the year.
Barry Sanders played for Oklahoma State for college.
Barry Sanders played for the Lions.
Barry Sanders is a Running back.
Barry Sanders: It's a reality of the game. Coming into the NFL, my assumption was that this is the NFL and, naturally, I'll get to the Super Bowl because all you have to do is win three games in the playoffs. That was a mistake I made, because I later found out how tough it was.
Barry Sanders: I was always conscious of the fact that I didn't make it to a Super Bowl, but it hits me even more now because the game is in Detroit. You feel the impact more.
Barry Sanders: Christianity affects your whole life. I feel I'm more competitive, a better player, but off the field is where there is always a battle.
Barry Sanders: Let's just win it and go home.
Barry Sanders: I had the fortune to be drafted to a wonderful city. I fit in there perfectly... because... when you're drafted, you never know where you're going to end up-but there was no better place for me than Detroit.
Barry Sanders: I have enjoyed playing for two great head coaches, Wayne Fontes and Bobby Ross, who are good coaches and leaders. I am not involved in a salary dispute of any kind. If I had played this season, I would have earned a more than satisfactory salary.
Barry Sanders: It was a wonderful experience to play in the NFL, and I have no regrets. I truly will miss playing for the Lions. I consider the Lions' players, coaches, staff, management and fans my family. I leave on good terms with everyone in the organization.
Barry Sanders: I wish my teammates, coaches and the entire Lions organization all the best.
Barry Sanders: Shortly after the end of last season, I felt that I probably would not return for the 1999-2000 season. I also felt that I should take as much time as possible to sort through my feelings and make sure that my feelings were backed with conviction.
Barry Sanders: I want to thank all of the fans and media who made playing in the NFL such a wonderful experience. I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them.
Barry Sanders: I quit because I didn't feel like the Detroit Lions had a chance to win. It just killed my enjoyment of the game.
Barry Sanders: My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it. I have searched my heart through and through and feel comfortable with this decision.