Gotta See This: Barry Sanders Dropped His High School Highlight Reel

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While the new generation of NFL running backs physically prepare themselves to resemble world-class weightlifters, reliant on superhuman athleticism to carry the ball, the old school era of elusive speed and quick cuts that could paralyze a defense found no better vessel than Barry Sanders. The 5’8″ speedster was a menace on offense, using powerful evasion and quick acceleration to get past defenders.

As a tribute to the former RB, whose career created a spectacle in running ability throughout the 90s, DetroitSportsNation brought out a throwback video to honor the OSU and Detroit Lions great after turning 53 on Friday.

In the discussion of all-time great running backs, and unquestionably the best Lions player in franchise history, Sanders’ swaying on the field made him harder to tackle than Franco Harris, with the speed of Adrian Peterson to take off for the end zone.

Fourth on the list of all-time rushing yards in the NFL (15,269), Sanders’ reputation as a natural born talent was further solidified by the Wichita North highlights, achieving feats in the NFL that may be impossible in the new generation of pass-heavy offenses.

Sanders tied Walter Payton with the most seasons totaling 1,100, or more, rushing yards per season. The Detroit Lions legend also rushed for more than 1,500 yards five times in his career, an NFL record.

Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.


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  1. All respect to Emmitt, but I always wondered what kind of numbers Sanders would have put up running behind the Cowboys’ o line. Emmitt was tough but nowhere near the explosive runner Sanders was. Sanders had absolutely nothing around him and still terrified defenses.

  2. My favorite Barry highlight was watching him just subtly hand the ball to the ref after every touchdown.

    I don’t even think Emmitt makes a top 10 RB list, even up to he and Barry’s era. HoF O-Line, possibly the best blocking FB in front of him… ES just hung around for 5-6 years padding his stats.

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