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Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 12:11 pm  |  66 responses

Just Cuz: Barry Sanders

While reading over the comments from the MJ FOTS the other day, I saw a bunch of Barry Sanders references. Don’t remember exactly why he came up but man do I LOVE me some Barry Sanders. If there was the equivalent of an ankle breaking crossover in the NFL, it would be a Barry Sanders cutback. Sanders was lightning quick, short, had tree trunks for legs, and the most amazing ability to get close to the ground without actually touching it. It’s a shame that his career ended when it did but what a privilege it was was to watch him torch defenses for all of those years. I think Detroit will get back on track this year with Stafford, CJ and rookie Jahvid Best leading the way but will we ever see another Barry Sanders? I think not. I love hoops and I definitely love Barry Sanders highlights, so I decided to post this…just cuz.

-Schneezy

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  • JTaylor21

    Watching this dude run was like playing Madden in easy as HELL mode. Shout outs to Rod Woodson’s ankle.

  • http://slamonline. The Black Rick Kamla

    …if Derrick Rose played football, nah nobody in the world had the cut back ability of Barry Sanders. Dude could go full speed and on a dime go the opposite direction, crazy!!!! If only he had a good team around him…He’s like the Allen Iverson of football.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    “That boy ran like he stole something”. For real. The two runs against the Bucs late in the video are ridiculous, cause their defense was so strong at that time. He made watching the Lions on Thanksgiving exciting. The Beast nickname gets thrown around alot today, but this dude was just that….A BEAST!

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    @jtaylor hahahahaha. “shout out to rod woodson’s ankle” . MOST SKILLED RB OF ALL TIME. NO QUESTION. LET THE DEBATE BEGIN. even though there is none.

  • Fat Lever

    Best RB ever. Better than Emmitt. Shouldn’t even be a debate. Shout outs to Scott Mitchell, Herman Moore, Brett Perriman, and Lomas Brown.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    No debate….Jim Brown was a beast, but I’m not sure if he was as explosive as Barry. Emmitt was overrated and played in a system that made life easy for him. He lived getting easy yards behind one of the greatest offensive lines of all-time. Who else really can be mentioned? Barry left at the top of his game….that’s what made it so crazy….what could he have done with a great squad or at least an offense that could have made defenses play even.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Barry Sanders and Peter Warrick used to have the NASTIEST juke moves. Barry’s worked in he league, Peter’s, not so much. But, comparing them to crossovers is the perfect analogy. (Did you see what Barry did to John Lynch in the hole? How many times did that dude make defenders miss on easy tackles?)

  • http://slamonline. The Black Rick Kamla

    yall should do a Bo Jackson ‘just cuz’….BEST ATHLETE EVER!!!!!!!!!! You’re talking about a guy who was 230lb of muscle and could run with Olympic level sprinters….if only, if only…..heard he’s a chef now

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Interesting debate, while Sanders may very well be the most skilled RB every. Hard to be the greatest (at any sport) with no rings. But, no there will never be another Barry Sanders.

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    @ the black rick kamla. i see you on Bo Knows. Next week, my dude.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    MANHE KILLED THE VIKING AT 1:42. THEY WERE RIGHT THERE AND HE RAN PAST DUDE LIKE HE WAS STANDING STILL. BARRY HAD RUBBER BANDS FOR ANKLES. LOL

    BUT WE NEED ANOTHER SONG FOR THIS VIDEO. CUZ ROY JONES SHOULD NOT BE ON ANYONES MIX

  • JTaylor21

    @Eboy, I’m sorry but give me Jim Brown any day over those guys. Dude was a straight up ANIMAL and would pulverize today’s defenders the same way All Day does.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Emmitt wasn’t overated. He was correctly rated. He was shifty, he was a power back and he once played in a defining game with a separated shoulder. Ain’t nothing overrated about playing running back in the NFL with a separated shoulder.
    But, Barry was still better. His ability to turn nothing runs into amazing plays is incredible. How many times on that video did you see him have to deal with a defensive lineman getting unacceptable penetration? Most running backs can’t handle that, but Barry was able to turn crap into gold way too many times.

  • http://aol.com Run’N'Gun219

    ^^^ sorry for the caps…

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @Eboy, most people include Walter Payton when discussing greatest RBs. I wouldn’t take him over Barry and hell no over Brown. But, he’s in the discussion.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Jtaylor, you do realize that defenses today consist of guys that dwarf a guy the size of Jim Brown in his prime and are just as fast and strong as he was. Barry played in the modern game and was basically unstoppable without being a run=them-over type of back. You’re dealing from under the table with only jokers in your hand.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    jumpman…I forgot Walter. I loved him too…that’s a travesty on my part. I’d take him over Jim Brown and Emmitt. Not sure if he’d start over Barry, though.

  • dsleepy21

    @The Black Rick Kamla: haha he is a chef. dude made my pumpkin pie last thanksgiving

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    @Eboy: no worries. Sweetness was legit and certainly the best of his era.

  • JTaylor21

    @Eboy, JBrown was a big dude even for today’s running back standards, trust me on that. He was 6-2, 232 pounds in a time when weight training was in it’s infant stage and wasn’t very popular among guys in the NFL. Just imagine dude with today’s equipments and training staff, it would be downright MURDER on the field, they would have to call in CSI after every game. There’s a reason why still to this day some of his records are still standing and people refer to him as one of the GREATEST players in history.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I know how big Jim was jtaylor. I know how good he was too. I also know he was playing against a league of guys that was NOWHERE equal to the overall athletes in the game now. And sure, I get he would be better conditioned too, but he wouldn’t be head and shoulders bigger and stronger than guys like he was 45 years ago. That’s a huge gap in the evolution of the modern athlete.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    Name one bad thing about Barry Sanders…. His QB

  • logues

    def best running back of all time, thanks for posting this! hopefully one day my boy adrian peterson can be as good as him

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He’s the reason I’m still a proud fan of the Detroit Lions. Despite thier terriblness over the last decade+, I can look back at when Barry played. I think they have a shot to turn things around this year. They’ve got 5-6 wins in them. They’re moving in the right direction though.

  • JTaylor21

    @I understand where you’re going but are you saying that he wouldn’t put up the same numbers today that he did 45 years ago? I beg to differ because just think of Brandon Jacobs with better running skills and toughness that would be Jim Brown today. I think that he puts up even BETTER numbers today than he did in the 50s.

  • The D Train

    Sweetness was better all-around than Barry, but as to who is the greatest at running the ball, it’s Barry. I grew up watching those Lions teams, and they had nothing. He was a one-man show, but what a show it was. I bristle at the thought that anyone who watched him and Emmitt could say that Smith was a better RB. If you watched them, took into account how the opps were prepping for them (Aikman and Irvin were pretty important, too), I just don’t see how you can say that Barry wasn’t the best. I can’t speak on Big Bad Jim Brown, the Baddest Man in the Whole Damn Town, cuz I wasn’t around to see him. But in my short 33 years, Barry is the cream of the crop.

  • logues

    i remember playing nfl 95 on sega and being able to break about 20 tackles basically every run with him

  • The D Train

    RE: Jim Brown. I will say that if he ran with the anger he radiates even today, he must have been a f’ing monster. All the highlights I have seen seem to back that theory. I really wish I could have seen that man in his prime.

  • hammer

    Man I was just as just as stunned like every1 when barry retired @ the top of his game. Emmit may hold the most rushing yards record,but sanders would have eclipsed it b4 emmit no doubt n my mind. Emmit had a 15 yr career while barry only had 10. And still finished @ 15,000. The GREATEST and most exiting running back ever:barry sanders!

  • Martey

    I was just watching a sports century on ESPN classic with him.must see tv. My favorite football player ever. Sometimes players achieve more individually on mediocre teams. There’s a seesaw effect between individual achievement and team chemistry/success. the Boston Celtics of recent years is an example.

  • http://counterkicks.com Q-Tip

    I think its sick how he never celebrated after any of his scores saying why celebrate something that you are used to

  • Robb

    Of course he was better than Emmit I mean, it’s not even debatable. He’s the best ever and one of the 10 greatest players ever. He was the Lions. No one here is gonna disagree about him being the greatest RB.

  • EC

    This made my day… Barry is the baddest MFer to take on whole defenses and make em look like Popwarner bi***es… but Jim is right there with him… they’re easily #1&2 of all-time and its not close

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com CHICAGO SAID IT YUP

    dont get barry being the most exicitng ever with being the greatest rb ever. 2 diff things

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    barry sanders did all the things me and my cousins used to do in ps1′s nfl gameday ’98. only he did it in real life

  • Robb

    @CHICAGO SAID IT YUP I don’t know if he is the greatest but he certainly is THE best and the most exciting too.

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    Barry was bad. BO KNOWS!!! Theres another guy who also made many huge plays, dante hall. This guy would burn whole teams for long yards. Some truly incrdible ish.

  • abaci

    Man they don’t make them like that anymore

  • Hussman25

    Barry was the greatest. AJumpman3224 I’m so sick of people diminishing an individuals greatness because of not winning a chip. Bball and football are team sports. You could be the greatest and still not win with an inferior team! Gayle Sayers?

  • http://yahoo.com Kevin Armenta

    Barry Sanders is hands down the best RB of all-time!who so dumb that they would even put walter and emmitt in the same sentence as Barry.Come on! he retired not even in his prime.Thats like Mike retiring for the first time,Still @ the top of his game.He would of killed every record there is.

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    Losing killed his spirit

  • Cool Dude

    If you gave Sanders a halfway decent DB + WR, the dude would have won at least 1 ring already, so that isn’t even an argument. Pair him with Farve, Aikman, or Montana, and the pair would have 5 rings.

  • http://slamonline. The Black Rick Kamla

    @dsleepy21 hahaha!!!!! thats the coolest thing ever fam!!! how did it taste?? lol

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Barry is clearly one of the best RBs of all-time. Jim Brown and Walter Payton have to be considered too and you can debate it (era means a lot). Emmitt IMO is the next tier down, but with his combo of toughness, speed, cutting ability and rushing record puts him in the discussion. Gayle is in that elite second tier too. However, anytime there is a debate for GOAT, it’s enough said to say he should be considered. Too many variable to ‘prove’

  • hammer

    @chicago yup! Barry was/is the GREATEST rb ever AND the most EXCITING rb ever. He CAN b 2 diff things. I’m not getting it twisted by ANY means

  • WolfNast

    O-state!

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Gail Sayers.
    Shout out to Orenthal Simpson.
    Shout out to Tony Dorsett.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out @Schneezy.
    Not to tip my own cap, (y’all know I’m going to, my ego is too big) but I called it with Barry Sanders.
    And, another brilliant video.

  • The Philosopher

    Another thing about Barry Sanders is his respect for the game.
    Always classy.
    How many times have we seen Sanders even spike a ball?
    He always personally returned the ball to the referee.
    He is The G.O.A.T.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I started the football talk yesterday proclaiming Jerry Rice the GOAT of the NFL, I want my royalties and yesterday I pointed out Barry is better than Emmitt. Barry played for scrub team his whole career with no O LIne and still put up great numbers. Emmitt had the greatest O LIne in NFL history. Also shout out to Terrell Davis who had one of the greatest three years of any running back winning two titles with Elway in NFL History. In 1998, Davis rushed for 2,008 yards, then the third highest rushing total in history. This performance earned him league MVP honors, his third straight AFC rushing title, his first NFL rushing title, and his second time being named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ^^^Terrell Davis had in 1996 1,538 yards, in 1997 1,750 yards and 1998 had 2,008 yards. Also the way Chris Johnson is running from my college school ECU, he will be one of the greatest running backs ever in NFL History.

  • The Philosopher

    You’re right, The Seed.
    You lit the fire under the conversation.
    But, I’m on the money with B. Sanders.
    You still get the royalties, though.
    Lol.

  • JTaylor21

    @Philo, right on with the Juice, people tend to forget about dude due to him being FALSELY accused and prosecuted. @The Seed, you’re right about CJ and TD and Sanders being better than ESmith but what do you think about Barry vs JBrown. I’ll go with JBrown over any running back in history.

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    I love NFL but watch rugby union and league over here in Australia or NZ and they’ll teach you a thing or two about steps.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    JTaylor21
    Barry vs. JBrown is hard to be honest. I love the way Barry could make the most out of less, but most people forget Barry is the all time leader I think in lost yardarge because he was always trying to make something out of nothing and plus he never had a decent O Line. But when Barry got pass the first line of defense he was like no other. I have watched documentaries of JBrown and he was a beast, most comparable today to APeterson, but I feel Jim Brown was better ran harder and wouldn’t fumble balls in big games. If I had to take a player for one game maybe Sanders, but for a full season I want Brown. This is the best way I can put it. Brown also played in an era that had less athletic players, but he did his thing and I think running the ball can translate from then to now and Brown would have the slight edge because he never lost yardage like Sanders, but in the open field Brown would run you over, but Barry would juke you then spin, then look at you try to catch him. They both are 1 or 2 in my book, its the way you look at it.

  • Eric

    One of the reasons I liked Barry is that he wasn’t showy, or arrogant, or flashy. When he scored, he just calmly handed the ball to the ref, no spiking or silly dances. Heckofa player.

  • JTaylor21

    @The Seed, GREAT points all around. 1 and 2 in my book is JBrown and OJ Juice Simpson. The juice doesn’t get the credit he SO RIGHTLY deserves because of his “alleged” off the field transgressions, but dude ran like a bronco on the field (no pun intended).

  • Noel

    Noel Devine is Barryesque. He has potential

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Noel Devine is one of my favs since his freshman year, definitely has some Barry in his game. He’s not as thickly built as Barry everybody says he’s the strongest guy you’ll ever see. He’ll be a great NFL back

  • hammer

    Shout out 2 the mile high salute!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    JTaylor21
    I agree with OJ, he does not get any credit, but I will make a bold statement, that if Bo Jackson doesn’t get hurt he is one of the greatest ever, because he had the power of Jim Brown and the speed of Barry Sanders. Bo Jackson was a living video game player who could do it all. HECK, he played baseball and football, how many athletes can do that and be productive in both. Also if not for the freak accident against the Bengals he is one of the best ever. But OJ was great and I hate when off the field events hurt someones glory they had in their particular sport. This applies to Zeke and Kobe in the NBA. That’s why I try to stay on basketball and forget what happen off the field but most people can’t distinguish between the two. Because everybody has made mistakes, I have but everyone does not know about it like sports stars.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Bo Jackson I meant to say The GREATEST EVER if not have gotten hurt!! BOOK IT!!!

  • Killian

    great video.

    but what do you mean “back on track”? they were never on track, sanders retired partly because he was so sick of losing.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Shout out to Marshall Faulk.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Another great post, Schneez!

  • http://Www.dimemag.com B-More Mike

    Barry Sanders ain’t even better than Chris Warren. You guys are crazy, Barry couldn’t carry Jerome Bettis jockstrap.

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