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Running Wild

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01/01/2005

Born in Wichita, Kansas, he starred as a football player in high school and college before being selected in the first round of the National Football League draft.  After finishing second in yards gained on the ground during his first year and being named the rookie-of-the-year, he won the NFL's rushing crown in his second season.  More success followed as he became one of the most exciting runners in NFL history.  For his exploits on the football field, he earned election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame well before the age of 40.

Gale Sayers?  Barry Sanders? How about both?

Sanders' name, when it was added to the alphabetical roster of Hall of Famers, fittingly fell in place directly next to Sayers.  On August 8, 2004, Sanders officially joined the ranks of the greatest ever to play pro football – an honor bestowed upon Sayers in 1977.  The two runners exemplify the greatest that the Pro Football Hall of Fame represents. 

Sanders was the 24th running back elected to the Hall of Fame.  Like Sayers before him, the Detroit Lions runner captivated fans nationwide with a spectacular running style that often times left opponent tacklers grasping for air.

"I don't know who to compare him to," once commented Hall of Famer Howie Long about Sanders.  "I never played against Gale Sayers, but I saw him on film, and Sanders does the same things he used to do.  He puts a move on a defender, and you see the guy's knees buckle."

Sanders Streak

In 1997, Sanders recorded a career best 2,053 yards rushing and was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player. He closed out the season by rushing for 100 yards in an NFL record 14 straight games. The following is a list of that amazing streak:

Date Opponent
No.
Yds.
Long
TD
Sept. 14 at Chicago
19
161
28
0
Sept. 21 at New Orleans
18
113
19
0
Sept. 28 Green Bay
28
139
46
0
Oct. 5 at Buffalo
25
107
40
0
Oct. 12 at Tampa Bay
24
215
82t
2
Oct. 19 New York Giants
24
105
37
1
Nov. 2 at Green Bay
23
105
18
0
Nov. 9 at Washington
15
105
51t
1
Nov. 16 Minnesota
19
108
21
0
Nov. 23 Indianapolis
24
216
80t
2
Nov. 27 Chicago
19
167
40t
3
Dec. 7 at Miami
30
137
19
1
Dec. 14 at Minnesota
19
138
60
0
Dec. 21 New York Jets
23
184
53
1

His streak was stopped when he was held to 70 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the 1998 season opener.

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