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Barry Sanders Biography - Born In Wichita, Kansas, Chronology, Football's Demands Hamper Studies, Career Statistics

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1968-

American football player

One of football's greatest running backs of all time, Barry Sanders is a bundle of contradictions. His sudden departure from professional football in the summer of 1999 still has observers scratching their heads. He left the game less than 1,500 yards short of eclipsing the career rushing yardage of the late Walter Payton. (As of late October 2002, Sanders, with a total of 15,269 yards, fell to third leading all-time rusher when Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith surpassed Payton's 16,726 career yards by piling up 16,743 yards.) Although Sanders was clearly one of pro foot-ball's biggest stars, he never acted the part, preferring to take a low profile. He lived in a simple home and showed little interest in either flashy clothes or high-powered cars. A man of great wealth, he nevertheless displayed a frugality more suited to a pensioner on a limited budget, taking his dirty clothes to a coin laundry rather than entrusting them to his vacation hotel's high-price dry cleaning service.

During the decade he played for the Detroit Lions, the media almost always found him willing to talk about his team, but he never seemed particularly comfortable

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discussing his own accomplishments. In a way, Sanders always seemed to get a certain degree of satisfaction from being a bit of a mystery. That enigmatic quality mirrored in many ways his magic on the gridiron—the ability to confound the opposing team with his very unpredictability. Even Sanders found it difficult—if not impossible—to describe his running style, but he was clear enough about what it was that kept him fired up on the football field. "I love competing," he told Paul Attner of Sports Illustrated late in his career. "If I wasn't playing, I'd be going to a gym somewhere and getting up a game of five-on-five. That's one of the simple things I enjoy doing…. The biggest joy is that I am stillplaying the game I have been playing since I was a kidand enjoying it more than I ever have."

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about 9 years ago

Barry Sanders is a very good football player. I've learned alot about him.

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about 5 years ago

I{ love barry sanders he is my idal

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over 8 years ago

Barry has to be THE best back in football HISTORY.... I mean i would have hated to be on the other team against this dude. I love watchin his old games to just study the way he moves. I have dreams on becoming like him one day and just being the best. (Watch out Barry) Haa.

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over 8 years ago

i like football :)

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over 8 years ago

Barry Sanders was definitly the best running back in NFL history. Every time he was running, nobody could ever catch him or tackle him. For the Lions, there will never be another Barry Sanders in their history. To bad.

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almost 8 years ago

Fabulous talent, but his style could never win a championship. He also holds the record for most carries for negative yards. You can't sustain a drive when every third or fourth carry is negative. And because the offensive line was small to help him on wide runs, he and they couldn't punch in touchdowns from the 3 yd line. But I have to admit, I loved watching him run. Maybe the most exciting ever -- but not the best. Give that honor to Jim Brown or O.J.

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over 8 years ago

BARRY SANDERS IS THE STUFF ...........I DID MORE YARDS THEN HIM NOW WHY IM IN HIGH SKOOL.....

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