PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
Hide your wife, kids, linebackers – everyone.
In my opinion, the best pure runner to play the collegiate game (that I've seen play). This coming from someone who was the biggest Herschel Walker fan as a kid.
+1 for that reference
"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.
And to you good sir for the pic.
Average 200+ yards per game, roughly 4 touchdowns rushing per game and 8 yards per carry. Not too shabby.
Looks like Oklahoma State's game vs Oklahoma that year would have been a fantastic one to watch.
edit: I tend to be a fan of watching games where running backs take over, opposed to 400 yard passing games. A game with 2 200+ yard rushers would have been an excellent display.
That's amazing. If I had to nitpick, the schedule is pretty weak but he still excelled vs OK and Neb. Also, they played a college football game in Tokyo?
Wayne Woodrow Hayes
As ridiculous as the stats may be, his actual highlights were more ridiculous. I doubt we'll see another like him.
Good lord. Can you say video game numbers?
Class of 2010.
Can you imagine being a thoroughly disheartened Tulsa defender, having given up 304 yards to him, only to be let off the hook not once, not twice, but three times by defenses that gave up more yards? Few are the RBs that have 300-yard games. He had four in one season. Almost five. And never showed up an opponent with a ridiculous touchdown celebration.
I wish I was born earlier in the 80's so I could have watched more of him ... stats are impressive but watch highlights of him from back then ... no one since or possibly ever will be like that again.
Greatest running back I ever saw. College, pro, whatever. He was flat out amazing. If he'd had any kind of line in Detroit he'd have every record possible.
When Barry Sanders was in Detroit, they had one of the best offensive lines in the league. Quarterback was the problem for Detroit in those years, not the line.
They were average at best. Barry made them look better than they were. They were no Dallad Cowboys line for sure.
Can't say that I'm an expert on the Lions' O lines of the era, but I do recall seeing a whole bunch of plays where Barry had to elude a guy (or guys) in his own backfield on the way to some spectacular run.
Agree 100%. Detroit's line was fair. In contrast, Emmitt Smith's offensive line was recognized as the arguably best OL during that time period.
It depends what years that you were talking about, I was referring to the early 90's lions teams. They had a top 5 line and it wasn't just that Barry made them look good, they were studs. The lions problem was Mitchell.
Barry Sanders is the best RB of all times... not just collegient...
To support this:
- He as second only to only Jim Brown in yards per game (can't go by season or overall because some guys didn't get as many games per year so it's the only good stat)
- Yet played 2 more games per season (running style was virtually injury free)
- He was at his prime at age 28-31, retiring at age 31 after rushing for ~1500 yards.
- He played on one of the worst teams over the past 20 years.
- His running style allowed him to stay very healthy in the start of an era where hits took a significant toll on a RB's body. His running style allowed him to avoid major hits and he "knew" how to mitigate the hits he did take. Watch him getting tackles shows why he was so healthy and was still running 1500 yards at age 31.
- He would have smashed the all time rushing record.
- It'll take a guy like Sanders to ever be a full time RB. The league is going to RBC because guys just can't stay healthy anymore. Peterson is the closest and he still had to come back from a huge injury. Unless a RB can avoid hits like Sanders we won't see numbers like this again. Sanders was not only great in his time, but he represents the potential future of RB's in the future.
When Barry was with the Lions for most of his career they weren't that bad.
They were not 0-16 bad, no, but they were not good either. I'm a life long Lions fan...
He was without a doubt the best RB ever. One thing I noticed (and something that holds pretty true in the Big 12 now, even) is the fact that the opposition rarely got blown out. I wonder, if ok state had a better defense, what Sanders' number would be (he probably wouldn't have played as many downs). This is not meant to take away from him at all, just something fun to think about.
By the time the Sooners left Stillwater in early November Sanders had already out-rushed the entire 1988 Buckeyes. He had the same amount of rushing touchdowns in the first 17 quarters of the season as the Bucks got all year as well.
Sanders was a big pile of Awesome.
With all do respect to those saying Barry was the best of all time, no one was a more dominant RB than Jim Brown.
It's a compelling argument for Jim Brown, that's for sure.
Ernie Davis and Archie should be in there. I agree Sanders was an eletric player
Growing up in Detroit and being a Buckeye fan it amazes me just how PATHETIC the football fans are up there. They fill the stadium week in and week out to see that useless organization as I like to call them the LYDOWNS. When people ask me now about the LYDOWNS I tell them growing up in Detroit we didn't have and NFL team. We had Barry Sanders but NOT and NFL team! The guy is the best running back I ever saw. I saw Archie play in college, Walter Play in Pros, Billy Simms just to think of a few but I never saw and we will NEVER see again a player like Barry. He was sick. I still remember the play where Rod Woodson blew out his knee on opening day when Barry put a lil juke on him and he tried to stay with him. Biiiiiiiiiiiiiig TIME Mistake!
Because they wouldn't let me go for 3!
Woody Hayes 1913-1987
I recently read that Barry Sanders was known to smoke two packs a day. Chew on that.
“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” - Woody
Barry Sanders had over 3200 total yards. Larry Coker was his oc.
I watched Sanders play the Vikings twice a year when we first moved to MN. The Lions have always had a terrible organization, and Sanders carried their team the entire time he played for them. He was the best pro running back I have ever seen, although I am hoping A. Peterson can give him a run for the money.
Also, grew up a Browns fan before the move but never saw Brown. My dad, who never had much positive to say about any athlete, was in awe of Jim Brown, which to me speaks volumes.
If Brown had not retired in his prime nobody would break his records.
Lifetime Browns fan and huge fan of Jim Brown, but you could say the same for Barry Sanders
Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite
Barry Sanders is the best running back to ever play the game. For an absolute great watch; go check out A Football Life with Barry Sanders on YouTube. Absolute amazing player.
Best I've ever seen at RB.
We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!
In my opinion he is hands down the best running back of all time. Fortunately for us, I think Braxton is the college player who is closest to having Barry like moves running the football.
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