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Barry Sanders football career had an inconspicuous beginning. In high school, Sanders didn't even start at running back his senior year until the fourth game, but managed to go off for 1,417 in the last seven. Even still, he only received three offers to play college football, settling on Oklahoma State.
At OSU, he had to wait his turn behind future Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas for his first two years, before finally getting to start his Junior season. That season he only set the NCAA records for rushing yards in a season, with 2,628, and touchdowns, with 37. After that he left for the NFL where he was taken third by the draft by the Detroit Lions.
He played for the Lions, his only team, for 10 years before retiring unexpectedly, still very much considered an elite back. But in his short time in the NFL, he left a lasting impression.