Historical Barry Sanders Milestones
One of the most prolific athletes in the history of the National Football League, Barry Sanders will always be remembered as one of the greatest players in the game. Noted at 5'8" and sometimes knocked for his short stature, Sanders' size and ability to keep a low center of gravity made him a dominant running back starting all the way back in high school. Despite winning all-state honors during his senior year, Sanders received only a handful of college scholarships and eventually went to Oklahoma State University. In his first two seasons of collegiate football, Sanders backed-up star runner, Thurman Thomas, who left before the start of Sanders' third season. As a starter his junior year, Barry Sanders put together what is considered the greatest offensive season in college football history. Amassing an incredible 2,628 yards rushing, 3,249 total yards, 234 points scored, and 39 touchdowns, Sanders guided OSU to a victory at the Holiday Bowl before taking home the prestigious Heisman Trophy in 1988. After his junior year, Barry Sanders opted for the NFL Draft and was selected third overall by the Detroit Lions, a franchise he would remain with for the duration of his professional football career. His explosiveness and unmatched elusiveness made him the league's second leading rusher during just his rookie year and earned the 1989 Rookie of the Year honors. Despite winning the 1994 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award, Sanders recorded his best season in 1997 when he ran for 2,053 yards to become the third player in NFL history to rush for 2,000+ yards in a single season. Rushing for 100 yards in 14 consecutive games for a league record, Sanders also co-won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1997. A Pro-Bowler for all ten of his seasons in the NFL, Barry Sanders shocked the world by announcing his retirement in 1999 in a fax to the Wichita Eagle, his hometown newspaper. Surprising many who had assumed Sanders would soon eclipse the great Walter Payton as the NFL's career leading rusher; Sanders eventually revealed that he simply did not have it in him to continue playing for an unsuccessful franchise. In 2004, Sanders was inducted in the Football Hall of Fame for his astounding impact on the NFL and became the second former player to be enshrined while in his 30's.
A man no football fan will ever forget, Barry Sanders put the world on his shoulders and ran with it for each of his ten NFL seasons. At the time of his retirement he was second only to Walter Payton in career rushing yardage and was only one behind Payton in career 100-yard games. Noted by many as one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL, Barry Sanders memorabilia is an absolute must-have for NFL fans and collectors. No serious football collection is complete without one of the game's all-time most electrifying players making collectibles signed by the one and only Barry Sanders a vital addition.
Collecting Barry Sanders Memorabilia