NFL players that retired in their prime

NFL players that retired in their prime

Photo: Getty Images

Sanders called it a career after 10 seasons in Detroit, where he accumulated over 15,000 yards rushing and was the most electrifying running back in the NFL during the 1990s. The argument was always Barry or Emmitt Smith. Who’s better? As a kid during that era, I would never have admitted this since I grew up a Cowboys fan, but Sanders was the best running back in the league from the first snap of his rookie year in ‘89.

Barry started 13 games in his first season and rushed for 1,470 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was named All-Pro, Rookie of the Year, and selected to the Pro Bowl. During his 10-year career, Sanders never rushed for less than 1,100 yards.

It sounds like he had a long-storied career which he did, but I was clear after another near 1,500-yard rushing season in ‘98 that Barry had a lot left in the tank. Instead of continuing to play for the woeful Lions, Barry opted for retirement. Sanders retired less than 1,500 yards shy of Walter Payton’s all-time mark at the time.

Had it leaked publicly even during his final season that retirement was looming, that would’ve been the biggest story of that NFL season. Today, Barry would surely receive a retirement tour or something honoring his contributions on the field. Although, that’s not something Barry would’ve endorsed.

Original source here

#NFL #players #retired #prime

About the Author

Anthony Barnett
Anthony is the author of the Science & Technology section of ANH.