When talking about the greatest running back in the history of football, it would be foolish to not include former Detroit Lions great Barry Sanders in the conversation. In just 10 seasons with the Lions, Sanders ran for 15,269 yards and 99 rushing touchdowns.
One thing is for certain, Sanders knows what it takes to be a great running back and on Wednesday night, at the Lions annual “Taste of the Lions” event at Ford Field, he shared some of his thoughts on the Lions rushing attack heading into the 2017 season.
“I think it depends on the team,” Sanders said Wednesday night in an appearance at the annual Taste of the Lions event at Ford Field. “Each team is different. There are a lot of teams that would love to have one back. There are teams that would love to have that guy.
“And it just depends on circumstances. You’ve got a guy like Matthew Stafford, with the weapons he has, then it may not be as necessary to have one back. Each situation is different.
“Again, they’d love to have that one guy. One of those guys may separate himself from the pack. I don’t think it’s necessarily what they’re looking for. They seem to have done OK without it.”
With former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount signing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, it looks like the Lions will be rolling with a running back stable that features Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, and Zach Zenner.
Abdullah will be looking to bounce back after missing nearly all of the 2016 season with an injury. The former Nebraska Cornhusker is confident in his abilities to be “the man” in Detroit, but in order to do so, remaining healthy will be crucial.