If you ask Detroit Lions fans who the best running back in NFL history is, the answer will be unanimous. And frankly, it’s hard to argue with their answer.
Barry Sanders only played 10 NFL seasons, making the Pro Bowl and topping 1,300 yards from scrimmage in every single year.
In typical Sanders fashion, he also had a very humble reaction when that absurd feat was brought up on Monday.
Sanders absolutely knows how great he is, but he was quick to turn the attention away from his on-field performance.
Instead, he focused on how reliable he was, and how much of an honor it was to be counted on for a decade by Lions fans.
Of course, this is also a bit of a humble brag. Being good enough that a fanbase can count on you for 10 years isn’t exactly an easy feat.
Overall, Sanders racked up 18,190 yards from scrimmage — averaging an absurd 1,819 per season. Only six players have more career yards from scrimmage, and all six played at least 17 more games than Sanders’ 153.
With the NFL getting increasingly pass-heavy by the year, it really seems as if we’re never going to see anyone like Sanders again.