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BARRY NOT BITTER
Feb-06

BARRY NOT BITTER

Barry Sanders shows up at the Super Bowl week regularly the last several years as a paid spokesman.

The former Detroit Lions running back makes his way through radio row, hits all the NFL shows and still uses the word “we” when discussing the Lions.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer is a class act, a good spokesman and missing just one thing on his resume.

Sanders, who ran for a franchise record 15,269 yards, never made it to the Super Bowl as a player.

Emmitt Smith, his contemporary, owns three Super Bowl rings.

Sanders didn’t come close and it wasn’t for lack of hard work. No one gave it more effort.

Yet, he does not seem bitter.

“You know it’s something I certainly think about, I assumed as a player I would l play in a Super Bowl, because you play against those guys who have won them,’’ Sanders said on HuffPost Live on Friday. “I always just assumed we’d have our chance. You understand it’s not a guarantee. A lot of things have to happen, take place and fall in place in order for you to play in the Super Bowl, that’s why it’s such a fantastic game because there are no guarantees.

“No matter how good of a player you are, they’re not handing out Lombardi Trophies. There’s certainly not a guarantee you’re going to play in the Super Bowl,’’ he added.

Sanders, who was a Pro Bowler in each of his 10 seasons, said he holds no anger toward the Lions for not giving him a better supporting cast.Continued...

“For me I enjoyed my time as a player. I understood when I arrived in Detroit in 1989 that I wasn’t inheriting a winning team and that’s something we were going to have to establish,’’ he said on HuffPost Live. “I thought we took steps in doing that we didn’t take it all the way, but we tried our best.

“I have a lot of great relationships and a lot of great memories because of it, again, like I said before we played against a lot of those teams that won Super Bowls in my era,’’ he added.

He lined up against greats including coach Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Troy Airman, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, John Elway and Brett Favre.

“When I look at it that way not one of those years were we probably the best team in the NFL,’’ Sanders said.

In 1995, the Lions had the NFL’s best offense. It just wasn’t enough. It’s likely one of the reasons he left the game early.

He was just 31 when he up and retired just before training camp, shocking everyone including Lions’ management. Sanders has called it burnout.

A visionary on the field, he could no doubt see his future in Detroit was not going to lead to the Promised Land on any given Super Bowl Sunday.

Such a shame.

To see Barry Sanders on Super Bowl Sunday would have been worth the high price of admission. No doubt about it.

Barry Sanders shows up at the Super Bowl week regularly the last several years as a paid spokesman.

The former Detroit Lions running back makes his way through radio row, hits all the NFL shows and still uses the word “we” when discussing the Lions.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer is a class act, a good spokesman and missing just one thing on his resume.

Sanders, who ran for a franchise record 15,269 yards, never made it to the Super Bowl as a player.

Emmitt Smith, his contemporary, owns three Super Bowl rings.

Sanders didn’t come close and it wasn’t for lack of hard work. No one gave it more effort.

Yet, he does not seem bitter.

“You know it’s something I certainly think about, I assumed as a player I would l play in a Super Bowl, because you play against those guys who have won them,’’ Sanders said on HuffPost Live on Friday. “I always just assumed we’d have our chance. You understand it’s not a guarantee. A lot of things have to happen, take place and fall in place in order for you to play in the Super Bowl, that’s why it’s such a fantastic game because there are no guarantees.

“No matter how good of a player you are, they’re not handing out Lombardi Trophies. There’s certainly not a guarantee you’re going to play in the Super Bowl,’’ he added.

Sanders, who was a Pro Bowler in each of his 10 seasons, said he holds no anger toward the Lions for not giving him a better supporting cast.

“For me I enjoyed my time as a player. I understood when I arrived in Detroit in 1989 that I wasn’t inheriting a winning team and that’s something we were going to have to establish,’’ he said on HuffPost Live. “I thought we took steps in doing that we didn’t take it all the way, but we tried our best.

“I have a lot of great relationships and a lot of great memories because of it, again, like I said before we played against a lot of those teams that won Super Bowls in my era,’’ he added.

He lined up against greats including coach Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Troy Airman, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, John Elway and Brett Favre.

“When I look at it that way not one of those years were we probably the best team in the NFL,’’ Sanders said.

In 1995, the Lions had the NFL’s best offense. It just wasn’t enough. It’s likely one of the reasons he left the game early.

He was just 31 when he up and retired just before training camp, shocking everyone including Lions’ management. Sanders has called it burnout.

A visionary on the field, he could no doubt see his future in Detroit was not going to lead to the Promised Land on any given Super Bowl Sunday.

Such a shame.

To see Barry Sanders on Super Bowl Sunday would have been worth the high price of admission. No doubt about it.


Barry Sanders shows up at the Super Bowl week regularly the last several years as a paid spokesman.

The former Detroit Lions running back makes his way through radio row, hits all the NFL shows and still uses the word “we” when discussing the Lions.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer is a class act, a good spokesman and missing just one thing on his resume.

Sanders, who ran for a franchise record 15,269 yards, never made it to the Super Bowl as a player.

Emmitt Smith, his contemporary, owns three Super Bowl rings.

Sanders didn’t come close and it wasn’t for lack of hard work. No one gave it more effort.

Yet, he does not seem bitter.

“You know it’s something I certainly think about, I assumed as a player I would l play in a Super Bowl, because you play against those guys who have won them,’’ Sanders said on HuffPost Live on Friday. “I always just assumed we’d have our chance. You understand it’s not a guarantee. A lot of things have to happen, take place and fall in place in order for you to play in the Super Bowl, that’s why it’s such a fantastic game because there are no guarantees.

“No matter how good of a player you are, they’re not handing out Lombardi Trophies. There’s certainly not a guarantee you’re going to play in the Super Bowl,’’ he added.

Sanders, who was a Pro Bowler in each of his 10 seasons, said he holds no anger toward the Lions for not giving him a better supporting cast.Continued...

“For me I enjoyed my time as a player. I understood when I arrived in Detroit in 1989 that I wasn’t inheriting a winning team and that’s something we were going to have to establish,’’ he said on HuffPost Live. “I thought we took steps in doing that we didn’t take it all the way, but we tried our best.

“I have a lot of great relationships and a lot of great memories because of it, again, like I said before we played against a lot of those teams that won Super Bowls in my era,’’ he added.

He lined up against greats including coach Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Troy Airman, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, John Elway and Brett Favre.

“When I look at it that way not one of those years were we probably the best team in the NFL,’’ Sanders said.

In 1995, the Lions had the NFL’s best offense. It just wasn’t enough. It’s likely one of the reasons he left the game early.

He was just 31 when he up and retired just before training camp, shocking everyone including Lions’ management. Sanders has called it burnout.

A visionary on the field, he could no doubt see his future in Detroit was not going to lead to the Promised Land on any given Super Bowl Sunday.

Such a shame.

To see Barry Sanders on Super Bowl Sunday would have been worth the high price of admission. No doubt about it.

Barry Sanders shows up at the Super Bowl week regularly the last several years as a paid spokesman.

The former Detroit Lions running back makes his way through radio row, hits all the NFL shows and still uses the word “we” when discussing the Lions.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer is a class act, a good spokesman and missing just one thing on his resume.

Sanders, who ran for a franchise record 15,269 yards, never made it to the Super Bowl as a player.

Emmitt Smith, his contemporary, owns three Super Bowl rings.

Sanders didn’t come close and it wasn’t for lack of hard work. No one gave it more effort.

Yet, he does not seem bitter.

“You know it’s something I certainly think about, I assumed as a player I would l play in a Super Bowl, because you play against those guys who have won them,’’ Sanders said on HuffPost Live on Friday. “I always just assumed we’d have our chance. You understand it’s not a guarantee. A lot of things have to happen, take place and fall in place in order for you to play in the Super Bowl, that’s why it’s such a fantastic game because there are no guarantees.

“No matter how good of a player you are, they’re not handing out Lombardi Trophies. There’s certainly not a guarantee you’re going to play in the Super Bowl,’’ he added.

Sanders, who was a Pro Bowler in each of his 10 seasons, said he holds no anger toward the Lions for not giving him a better supporting cast.

“For me I enjoyed my time as a player. I understood when I arrived in Detroit in 1989 that I wasn’t inheriting a winning team and that’s something we were going to have to establish,’’ he said on HuffPost Live. “I thought we took steps in doing that we didn’t take it all the way, but we tried our best.

“I have a lot of great relationships and a lot of great memories because of it, again, like I said before we played against a lot of those teams that won Super Bowls in my era,’’ he added.

He lined up against greats including coach Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Troy Airman, Emmitt Smith, Steve Young, John Elway and Brett Favre.

“When I look at it that way not one of those years were we probably the best team in the NFL,’’ Sanders said.

In 1995, the Lions had the NFL’s best offense. It just wasn’t enough. It’s likely one of the reasons he left the game early.

He was just 31 when he up and retired just before training camp, shocking everyone including Lions’ management. Sanders has called it burnout.

A visionary on the field, he could no doubt see his future in Detroit was not going to lead to the Promised Land on any given Super Bowl Sunday.

Such a shame.

To see Barry Sanders on Super Bowl Sunday would have been worth the high price of admission. No doubt about it.




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