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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 Running Back entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and his number was retired the same year.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Running Back
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 3rd Overall in the NFL Draft 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
    1 Pass Completion
    4 Pass Attempts
    11 Passing Yards
    1 Interception
    150 Approximate Value
  • 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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