Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders will be getting a statue at Ford Field. It’s a lLong overdue honor for many years.
The shock came after the 1999-2000 season when Sanders officially declared his departure from the NFL. We all were left wondering for years what the hell is going on. Then it hit me- it’s the Lions. I know there is a curse on the team. Just that we don’t know how to reverse or cancel the dark cloud that surrounds this team.
Barry was such a delight to watch. A 10-year career as the greatest running back in Lions history and one of the best the NFL has ever seen. I’m so happy I still have Barry’s rookie card. It’s a good thing we have hours of video footage of his amazing work.
Sanders NFL MVP (1997), NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1994, 1997), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1989), First-team All-Pro (1989–1991, 1994, 1995, 1997), nominated to the Pro Bowl in each of his 10 NFL seasons (1989–1998) and led the League in rushing yards four times (1990, 1994, 1996, 1997). I hope this bronze statue lives up to the man himself. Please don’t screw this up next year.