By David Bonaney
Detroit has had many elite superstars over the past decade, but the Lions have been on and off every other year.
Can that be the reason why these superstars from the past decade have ended their career in the middle of their prime? One of the NFL’s Greatest running back of all time retired in his prime.
Barry Sanders could’ve, should’ve and would’ve broken many more records if he stayed in the NFL, he would’ve changed the whole Rushing yards list. Barry had 1,470 rushing yards in 1989, in his rookie season.
Barry averaged an easy 1,000 yards every year he was in the league. Just in his second season, he rushed for another 1,000 yards with 1,304 yards. Quite an impressive feat given that the second year is known as “the sophomore slump season” - a less than average performance following an excellent year.
Towards the end of Barry’s career, the second to last season, Sanders had 2,053 yards his next season. Barry Sanders was hands down the best running back in his time talent wise.
He was a player that didn't have an elite offensive linemen ever and somehow he squeezed his way through the big guys like Dick Brutus, Deion Sanders, Lawrence Taylor, and Etc. Also he also became the rushing champ in 1990 over guys like Thurman Thomas, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson and many more.
Barry Sanders has 3,062 carries in 10 years for the Detroit Lions, with 15,269 yards and 99 touchdowns. Although, Barry ended his career earlier than he should.
I personally think there’s a serious problem with the Lions organization because they’re letting down great future Hall Of Famers such as Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson. The Lions front office need to get their minds together and make these players feel at home.
In 2012, Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s yards in a single season record of 1,964. In the game that helped Johnson become the only player in NFL history to get 100 yards receiving in eight straight games he also became the first with 10 receptions in four games in a row.
That game was against the Atlanta Falcons, he had 11 receptions for 225 yards, which boosted him to a season record with 1,892 with a game left to rewrite history. Rice had 1,848 for San Francisco in 1995 and he’s known to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history.
Imagine if Barry Sanders stayed until his body said stop…. He’d make some crazy damages and he’d also rewrite history. I feel like Adrian Peterson would’ve been chasing Barry Sanders record instead of Eric Dickerson. Same goes for Calvin Johnson, I feel that if Calvin took it a little more serious his stats will go crazy.
We don’t want to see another superstar leaving the league before their prime or in their prime because that's just no fun. We want exciting players like Calvin Johnson destroying ESPN’s Top 10.