On This Day In 1988: Lions Great Barry Sanders Won The Heisman

The greatest running back of all time won the Heisman trophy on this date in 1998. As many Lions fans know Barry had one hell of an NFL career before retiring early. His college career may have even been better. Sanders stats were insane in the 1988 season, even though the NCAA doesn’t count his bowl game stats on the official record book. They didn’t start counting bowl game stats until 2002. Including the bowl game, Barry had 44 total touchdowns, 42 of those rushing. 2,850 yards on 373 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per carry, and averaged 237.5 yards rushing per game. Breaking damn near every record.

After that season, Barry was drafted by the Lions. He only played ten seasons for Detroit, but he tore it up. Rushing for over 15,000 yards and 99 touchdowns in that span. Plus, helped the Lions get their only playoff win in the Super Bowl era in the 1991 season. He ranks fourth all-time in NFL rushing. No one could juke people like Barry did. The greatest of all time.

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