Barry Sanders's Career Highlights

 

 

All-Pro: 1989 (AP, PFWA, SN, PW), 1990 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1991 (AP, PFWA, NEA, SN, PW), 1993 (SN), 1994 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1995 (AP, PFWA, SN), 1996 (PFWA, SN), 1997 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 1989 (NEA), 1992 (AP, NEA), 1993 (AP), 1996 (AP), 1998 (AP)

All-NFC: 1989 (UPI, PW), 1990 (UPI, PW), 1991 (UPI, PW), 1992 (UPI, PW), 1994 (UPI, PW), 1995 (UPI, PW), 1996 (UPI, PW), 1997 (PW)

(10) - 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994*, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999*

* Did not play

At time of his retirement following the 1998 season

[1st] Most Consecutive Seasons 1,000 or More Yards Rushing - 10
[1st] Most Games 100 or More Rushing Yards, Season - 14 (1997)
[1st] Most Consecutive Games 100 or More Rushing Yards, Season - 14 (1997)
[Tied for 1st] Most Seasons 1,000 or More Yards Rushing - 10
[2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Career - 3,062
[2nd] Most Rushing Yards, Career - 15,269
[2nd] Most Rushing Yards, Season - 2,053 (1997)
[2nd] Most Game 100 or More Rushing Yards, Career - 76
[2nd] Most Combined Net Yards, Career - 18,308
[Tied for 2nd] Most Seasons Leading League in Rushing - 4 (1990, 1994, 1996, 1997)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Games 200 or More Rushing Yards, Career - 4
[3rd] Most Combined Net Yards Attempts, Career - 3,432
[Tied for 3rd] Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League in Rushing - 2 (1996-1997)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Games 200 or More Rushing Yards, Season - 2 (1997)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Rookie Season - 14 (1989)

Team Records
Lions' records held by Sanders at the time of his retirement following the 1998 season

[1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career - 15,269
[1st] Most Yards Rushing, Season - 2,053 (1997)
[1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game - 237 (vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 13, 1994)
[1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career - 3,062
[1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Season - 343 (1998)
[1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game - 40 (at Dallas, Sept. 19, 1994)
[1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career - 99
[1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season - 16 (1991)
[1st] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game - 4 (at Minnesota, Nov. 24, 1991)
[1st] Most Total Touchdowns, Career - 109
[1st] Most Total Touchdowns, Season - 17 (1991)
[Tied for 1st] Most Points, Game - 24 (at Minnesota, Nov. 24, 1991)
[Tied for 1st] Most Total Touchdowns, Game - 4 (at Minnesota, Nov. 24, 1991)
[2nd] Most Yards Rushing, Season - 1,883 (1994)
[2nd] Most Yards Rushing, Game - 220 (at Minnesota, Nov. 24, 1991)
[2nd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season - 342 (1991)
[2nd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season - 14 (1989)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Game - 3 (at Atlanta, Dec. 24, 1989; vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 29, 1991; vs. Cleveland, Oct. 8, 1995; vs. Chicago, Nov. 27, 1997; vs. Cincinnati, Sept. 12, 1998)
[Tied for 2nd] Most Total Touchdowns, Season - 16 (1990)
[Tied for 2nd] Longest Rushing Play - 85 (at Tampa Bay, Oct. 2, 1994)
[3rd] Most Yards Rushing, Season - 1,553 (1996)
[3rd] Most Yards Rushing, Game - 216 (vs. Indianapolis, Nov. 23, 1997)
[3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Season - 335 (1997)
[3rd] Longest Rushing Play - 84 (vs. Chicago Oct. 23, 1994)
[3rd] Most Receptions, Career - 352
[3rd] Most Points, Career - 654
[Tied for 3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game - 32 (vs. Miami, Sept. 15, 1991; at New England, Sept. 12, 1993)
[Tied for 3rd] Most Rushing Touchdowns, Season - 13 (1990)

Team Post-Season Records

[1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Career - 91
[1st] Most Yards Rushing, Career - 386
[1st] Most Rushing Attempts, Game - 27 (vs. Green Bay, Jan. 8, 1994)
[1st] Most Yards Rushing, Game - 169 (vs. Green Bay, Jan. 8, 1994)
[3rd] Most Rushing Attempts, Game - 18 (vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 28, 1997)
[3rd] Most Receptions, Career - 21

NFL Statistical Championships

Rushing Leader: 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997

Touchdown Leader: 1990, 1991

NFC Statistical Championships

Rushing Leader: 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997

Touchdown Leader: 1990, 1991, 1997

Team Statistical Championships

Rushing Leader: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Scoring Leader: 1990, 1991

1989 Rookie of the Year (PFWA, NEA, SN)
1989 Offensive Rookie of the Year (AP, PW)
1991 MVP/Player of the Year (MX)
1994 Offensive MVP/Player of the Year (AP)
1997 MVP/Player of the Year (AP, PFWA, SN)
1997 Offensive MVP/Player of the Year (AP)
1990s All-Decade Team

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1989 Detroit Lions 7 9 0 (3rd)
1990 Detroit Lions 6 10 0 (3rd)
1991 Detroit Lions 12 4 0 (1st)
1992 Detroit Lions 5 11 0 (5th)
1993 Detroit Lions 10 6 0 (1st)
1994 Detroit Lions 9 7 0 (3rd)
1995 Detroit Lions 10 6 0 (2nd)
1996 Detroit Lions 5 11 0 (5th)
1997 Detroit Lions 9 7 0 (3rd)
1998 Detroit Lions 5 11 0 (4st)

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