Barry Sanders Returns To Stillwater

DETROIT - DECEMBER 23:  Barry Sanders #20 former Detroit Lions running back looks on from the tunnel prior to being honored at half time during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 23, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Steve StevensonContributor IMarch 31, 2009

Retired NFL running back Barry Sanders has returned to Stillwater, home of the Oklahoma State University football program. 

The undersized Sanders, who stood just 5-foot-8, chose Oklahoma State out of the few scholarships offered to him.

I was fortunate enough to see Barry at his new car dealership, Barry Sanders Super Center, as he was out front of his office picking up paper that was blowing around his lot. 

Yup, Barry Sanders, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL, is now a car salesman. While at Oklahoma State, Barry was a back-up behind future NFL great Thurman Thomas.

Sanders became the new starting running back once Thomas left for the NFL, a job he held for one season. That single season saw Barry become the national rushing leader in college football, and is considered one of the greatest seasons in college football history.

Barry Sanders left Oklahoma State before starting his senior year and entered the NFL draft. The rest, shall we say, is history.

I wonder if Barry remembers all the car-damaging hail and wind we get here in Stillwater?


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