When Barry Sanders played in the NFL, making people look silly on a weekly basis as they tried to track him down, he was star of the show. All eyes were on him. Off the field was a completely different story altogether. When the game was over, Sanders was quiet and liked to keep to himself, often avoiding the media if at all possible.
Nowadays, the 46-year old Hall of Fame running back is making media appearances right and left. In fact, Sanders even seems to enjoy talking to reporters now. This year, Sanders has made his presence particularly known during Super Bowl week, partaking in numerous interviews with reporters and television personalities as he makes his rounds at radio row.
On Thursday, Sanders appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show,” claiming that given the right offensive line, he could still rush for 75 yards in an NFL game. Don’t get excited, he was not referring to the offensive line of the Detroit Lions, but to that of the Dallas Cowboys.
“I’ll take that absolutely,” said the former Lions running back. “Maybe I can give you, I don’t know, 75 yards. 60, 75 yards.”
Here is the full interview with Dan Patrick. It’s worth the watch.
Realistically speaking, there is no chance whatsoever that Sanders would ever attempt a comeback to the NFL, but he seems to be serious about still being able to put together a solid performance in today’s league.
“I hope so,” Sanders said. “You gotta believe I still have something left.”
Like most former players going around doing interviews at radio row, Sanders is there to promote something. Specifically, he is making the rounds as a spokesman for tacklepba.org, to promote awareness of the PseudoBulbar Affect. PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA) is the uncontrollable outbursts of crying or laughing. Nearly 2 million Americans with certain neurologic conditions suffer from these outbursts.
“PBA is a possible consequence of brain injury. However, many people with PBA symptoms have never heard of this condition,” says Sanders.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) January 29, 2015
Sanders retired prematurely from football in 1998 at the age of 31, leaving Lions fans wanting more and even talking about a possible comeback. He played in 10 seasons and racked up 15,269 yards, while wowing both his opponents and his fans along the way.
Obviously, we will never really know if Sanders could pull off the feat of running for 75 yards at the age of 46, but as a Lions fan who watched every play he ever made, it sure is fun to dream about. To be honest, I think he’s being modest as usual; he would go for 85 yards easily.