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Barry Sanders

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16, 1968
Wichita, KS
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16, 1968 (age 54)
Wichita, KS


Legendary NFL running back who is widely considered the most talented rusher to ever play the game. He was the 1997 NFL MVP, a 10-time pro bowl selection and a 4-time rushing champion during his 10-year career, spent entirely with the Detroit Lions.

Before Fame

He won the 1988 Heisman Trophy while playing at Oklahoma State University.


He became the first player to rush for over 1,500 yards in five separate seasons. In 1997, he rushed for 2,053 yards, becoming the third running back in NFL history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.

Family Life

His son Barry J. Sanders began his collegiate career as a running back with Stanford in 2012. He also has three other sons named Noah, Nicholas and Nigel.

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At the time of his retirement, he trailed only the great Walter Payton in career rushing yards.