One of the greatest Detroit Lions players of all-time to be immortalized in bronze at a stadium he actually never played at.

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Barry Sanders

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Former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders is arguably one of the greatest players in the postion of alltime. Sanders led the NFL in rushing yards during four seasons and scored the most touchdowns in one season. He unexpepectedly retired from football just short of breaking the all-time rushing record held by Walter Payton.

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In all my years of watching the Detroit Lions, the era of Barry Sanders has been the most exciting games to watch. Sanders had great vision and ability to make players think they got him when infact they are nowhere close to catching him. Sanders made a lot of elite defencemen look like rookies often leaving players shaking their heads at his elusive moves and speed.

Bronze Statue of Barry Sanders to be Erected at Ford Field

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Barry Sanders was the ultimate team player and fans still talk about him to this day. Sanders memory will live on for many more years as a bronze statue will be built in his honor for generations to remeber his Detroit Lions legacy when visiting Ford Field.

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According to FOX 17 the bronze Barry Sanders statue will be 8 feet tall.  Sanders being only 5 foot 8 inches tall said "jokes have already started with my teammates about the height of the statue.

 

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The bronze Sanders statue will be unveiled prior to the 2023 season. This is not Sanders first time being honored with a bronze statue.

Barry Sanders First Bonze Statue

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Before the Detroit Lions, Sanders played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys where he had one of the most historic seasons as a college player rushing for 2,628 years and 37 touchdowns in 11 games which earned him the Heisman Trophy.

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A larger-than-life statue was unveiled at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 13, 2021 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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