Barry Sanders is one of the most elusive running backs in NFL history. He got selected 10 times to go to the pro bowl and he could of became the NFL's all-time leading rusher in yards but retired only after playing 10 short years.
Barry Sanders was born July 16, 1968 in Witchita Kansas. Growing up Barry had a passion foor playing football. He attended Witchita Northern High school. There he did not play running back until his forth game of his senior year. In his final seven games he rushed for 1,322 yards which gave him all-state honors. Out of the few scolarship offers he got he decided to attend oklahoma state university.
In his first two years at oklahoma he played back up to Thurman Thomas. After Thomas went to the NFL that gave Sanders time to shine. Barry had four 300 yard games which led him to having the NCAA rushing record with 2,628 yards. That season he led the nation by averaging 200 yards per game and he averaged 7.6 yards per rush. He also set the NCAA record by scoring 39 touchdowns, 37 was on the ground. Also that year he was awarded the heisman trophy.
Even though Barry had one more year of elgibility left he decided to enter the 1989 NFL draft. He was selected third overall by the Detroit Lions . While playing for the Detroit lions Barry Sanders broke records and amazed fans with his elusiveness and speed. In his first NFL season he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and was second in touchdowns and yards gained. Which earned Barry Sanders rookie of the year.
In 1997 Barry Sanders joined O.J. Simpson and Eric Dickerson in being the only players to surpass the 2,000 yard mark in an NFL season. Also in that same year Barry Sanders and Brett Farve were both named the NFL's most valuble player. Every time Barry played you were guaranteed to to be dazzaled by the prolific back. But after the 1998 season Barry decided to call it quits after 10 great seasons. He felt as though he lost the love for the game so he felt like it was time to leave. Barry Sanders is just not a huge icon in the black community, but people of all races recognize Barry for his great NFL career and all the things that he accomplished.