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2. Barry Sanders
Nowadays football players are retiring early, but the retirement of Barry Sanders caught everyone completely off-guard as he retired while still an elite player and less than 1,500 Yards from breaking the rushing record, which he had he continued to play would have likely set a mark that would have been unattainable.
Still, there was no question that the greatest Detroit Lion of all-time has to be Barry Sanders.

In the ten seasons that he played, Sanders was named to the Pro Bowl in every single one of them.  He is a member of the 2,000 Yards Rushing (in a season) club, a four time rushing champion, six time First Team All Pro and a former MVP.  

He is the answer to the question of who is the best player to never play in a Super Bowl, but can you imagine how they would have done if he wasn’t a Lion?  They probably would have made the playoffs at all!

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 3rd Overall 4/23/89.
  • Departed: Retired 6/27/98.
  • Games Played: 153
  • Notable Statistics: 151 Games Started
    3,062 Rushing Attempts
    15,269 Rushing Yards
    99 Rushing Touchdowns
    352 Receptions
    2,921 Receiving Yards
    10 Receiving Touchdowns
    5 Kick Returns
    118 Kick Return Yards
  • Major Accolades and Awards: AP MVP (1997)
    Bert Bell Award (1991 & 1997)
    AP Offensive Player of the Year (1994 & 1997)
    Offensive Rookie of the Year (1989)
    First Team All Pro (1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995 & 1997)
    Second Team All Pro (1992, 1993, 1996 & 1998)
    Pro Bowl Selection (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998)
    Most Rushing Yards (1990, 1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Most Rushing Touchdowns (1991)
    Most Rushing Yards/Attempt (1994)
    Most Rushing Yards/Game (1991, 1994, 1996 & 1997)
    Most Touchdowns (1990 & 1991)
    Most Yards from Scrimmage (1994 & 1997)
    Most All Purpose Yards (1997)
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