August 28, 1991 |
The old man worked him hard. In the hot summers that swooped down on those endless Kansas plains, William Sanders would load his sons into a truck and use them as helpers on one of his jobs. The old man had a roofing business in Wichita and Barry Sanders remembers climbing those ladders, one slow step at a time, with hundreds of pounds of asphalt strapped to his back. Sweat poured off his face and aching arms and he remembered that he thought at the time: I better get an education. In looking back on those summers of hard labor, which also included pouring concrete and building additions to homes, Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders can see now that he got an education.
December 25, 2011 |
Two hundred eleven running backs have carried the ball for the Eagles in their 79-year history. LeSean McCoy is on pace to run for more yards in his first three seasons than any of them. He already has accounted for the most yards from scrimmage, running and receiving. And the Eagles' go-to back, is still just 23 years old. This has been a terribly disappointing season for Eagles fans, but McCoy hasn't disappointed. His effort has been consistent, his outlook positive, his focus on the team, even on days when the Eagles lost at least in part because they somehow neglected to give him the ball enough.
August 15, 1999 |
The prospect of more millions and becoming the NFL's rushing leader wasn't worth continuing his career, Barry Sanders said. Sanders announced on July 28 that he would not return to the Lions, and he spent Thursday and Friday repeating the message - to his father, a Lions representative and a reporter waiting in his driveway. "That is it. I am done," said Sanders, speaking outside his home in Rochester Hills, Mich. But the 10-year veteran told the Press of Pontiac, Mich.
September 13, 1996 |
Saddled with the weight of running an NFL team, Eagles coach Ray Rhodes seldom sleeps well. With the Lions' sharpest claw, running back Barry Sanders, pointed directly at perhaps the softest part of his team's underbelly, rest has become an even rarer commodity for Rhodes. When the Eagles face Detroit on Sunday in their home opener, their suspect run defense will once again be tested. So far, not so good: The Birds rank 29th in the league against the run. "I'm aware of that," Rhodes snapped.
October 20, 2001 |
The Detroit Lions have informed the agent for former star running back Barry Sanders that they will accommodate him if he wants to come out of retirement and play football for another team, according to reports. "If he wants to play football somewhere else, we will accommodate him," coach Marty Mornhinweg told ESPN.com. This is the first time the Lions have publicly or privately taken this position since Sanders retired after the 1998 season. Mornhinweg was responding to a report that said Sanders' agents were trying to use Michael Jordan's return to the NBA as a catalyst for him to return to the NFL, but that the Lions were adamant about his resuming his career in Detroit, if he so desired.
September 23, 1999 |
The father of Barry Sanders says his son should return to the Detroit Lions long enough to break Walter Payton's NFL rushing record. He plans to make the pitch this weekend. William Sanders also said yesterday he understands the Lions' reluctance to trade his son. "If I were the Lions, I wouldn't trade Barry Sanders, either," he said from his home in Wichita, Kan. The elder Sanders said his son is supposed to visit this weekend. "He's in for a father-and-son talk," William Sanders said.
January 1, 1995 |
Reggie White and his Green Bay Packers played suffocating defense yesterday in a 16-12 NFC playoff victory over the Detroit Lions, holding Barry Sanders - the league's rushing champion - from gaining so much as 1 yard rushing. The Packers held Sanders, the Lions' all-pro running back who had darted and dashed through the 16-game season for 1,833 total yards and a 5.7-yard average carry, to minus-1 yard rushing. When Sanders had finished his third Packers game of 1994 his statistic sheet looked like something left over from the Eagles' season: 13 carries, minus-1 yard rushing, zero touchdowns.
January 5, 2014 |
No , was LeSean McCoy's answer to the simple question. "There are tons of great backs that didn't win in the playoffs and Super Bowl," the NFL's rushing and yards from scrimmage leader said this week when asked if playoff success was required to define a running back's status as one of the all-time greats. McCoy, at the moment, is one of the great ones with a hole in his postseason resumé. At 25 and in his fifth season, the Eagles' most lethal offensive weapon has time and even more desire to change that fact.
November 1, 2011
WHEN IT started, it was once a game. LeSean McCoy would stop in full stride, shift his body a foot or 2, then resume full speed as if someone hit the play button on their Tivo. "Barry Sanders," an announcer would say, and the usual disclaimers would follow. Too young. Too soon. You're talking about one of the greatest running backs of all time, ranked first by NFL.com as the most elusive ever. But man, Shady McCoy sure does remind you of . . . Especially on a night like Sunday, when a big chunk of the 185 yards he gained against the Cowboys came off improvisation, off his very, very Barry-like ability to make the first man miss.
December 3, 2003 |
Barry Sanders, one of football's smoothest backs, acknowledges that the way he left the Detroit Lions was awkward. During his first news conference since his shocking retirement on the eve of training camp in 1999, Sanders said yesterday, "The way it was done may have been a little clumsy. " Sanders announced his retirement through a written statement released by his hometown newspaper, the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. "Even had I retired in a more graceful way, it still would have been taken the wrong way by a lot of people because I retired after 10 years," Sanders, 35, said.