REMINDER: Barry Sanders Was Awesome

08.24.12 48 Comments

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I was watching the Eagles-Patriots preseason game this week because I am an addict and I have a problem, and as the Monday Night crew was discussing the members of the Eagles offense, Jon Gruden compared running back LeSean McCoy to Barry Sanders. OK, no.

Let me first point out that I am an Eagles fan and that I love LeSean McCoy. For the 70-80% of every game when Michael Vick is in the locker room getting X-rayed or waiting for X-rays or getting stitches or getting taped or fitted with a brace of some kind, McCoy is pretty much the team’s entire offense. He’s a great, shifty runner, and an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and he would be just about perfect if he would TUCK THE BALL INTO HIS RIBS WHEN HE RUNS JESUS BALL SECURITY, SON. But as good as he is, he is not Barry Sanders. Not yet at least.

Here are some fun Barry Sanders stats:

  • In his junior year at Oklahoma State, Barry Sanders ran for 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns. In twelve games. He averaged 237 yards and 3.5 touchdowns PER GAME.
  • He once ran for 100 yards in 14 consecutive NFL games.
  • He ran for over 2,000 yards at age 29, a point in most running backs’ careers when they are on the downslope.
  • He accumulated over  15,000 rushing yards in  10 seasons, retiring at age 30, within about 1,500 yards of Walter Payton’s all-time record (later broken by Emmitt Smith).
  • He rushed for almost 1,500 yards in his final season.

Also, he did stuff like this ALL THE TIME.

Please stop comparing people to Barry Sanders.

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