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    Barry Sanders is ready to explain why he retired.

    Barry Sanders is ready to explain why he retired.


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    Barry Sanders has just piped a 3 wood maybe 220 yards, splitting the fairway of the 10th hole at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, nestled in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles. It’s about as good a first shot as you can hope for. That much is clear to me, at least, and to Sanders’ agent, and to the husband-and-wife member couple hosting us this morning, and quite possibly to the birds chirping and the rabbits hopping and the coyotes lurking around the golf course. It’s not at all clear, though, to Sanders, who is convinced he’s lost his ball in the scrub running down the righthand side of the hole, and who is quietly criticizing his tee shot.

    It’s a charming display of modesty from perhaps the greatest running back in NFL history. How many other Hall of Famers would assume that their sorta perfect tee shot had sliced out of bounds? But that was always the thing about Sanders: the way this almost defiantly quiet character was the same guy capable of turning defenders into smoke on the field. Pure sizzle married to lunchpail humility. He was famous for separating would-be tacklers from their jockstraps, and then quietly flipping the ball to the ref after scoring a touchdown. Act like you’ve been there before, the logic went. My dad told me to follow his example when I was a kid, and I’m certain he wasn’t the only ‘90s father to impart that knowledge to his son.


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    The film gives Sanders a venue to provide the answer to what Amazon marketing bills as “the greatest mystery in sports history.” But when I ask why he thinks his story has resonated with fans all these years, Sanders is typically self-effacing. “I think maybe just because of how I played the game and bursting onto the scene in college,” he says. “I mean, just maybe being a professional athlete and not seeking attention. Maybe because I played for the lovable loser type team, the Lions. I don't know. Just being the guy like that, being one of the top players from that era. I mean, I think there's a lot of reasons why people will gravitate towards my story.”


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    Now, if we can just get Bernie Sanders to retire, also!

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    Barry Sanders is ready to explain why he retired.

    I figured he retired because he could no longer tolerate sacrificing his body in a continual losing effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DGUtley View Post
    Barry Sanders is ready to explain why he retired.


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    Barry Sanders has just piped a 3 wood maybe 220 yards, splitting the fairway of the 10th hole at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, nestled in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles. It’s about as good a first shot as you can hope for. That much is clear to me, at least, and to Sanders’ agent, and to the husband-and-wife member couple hosting us this morning, and quite possibly to the birds chirping and the rabbits hopping and the coyotes lurking around the golf course. It’s not at all clear, though, to Sanders, who is convinced he’s lost his ball in the scrub running down the righthand side of the hole, and who is quietly criticizing his tee shot.

    It’s a charming display of modesty from perhaps the greatest running back in NFL history. How many other Hall of Famers would assume that their sorta perfect tee shot had sliced out of bounds? But that was always the thing about Sanders: the way this almost defiantly quiet character was the same guy capable of turning defenders into smoke on the field. Pure sizzle married to lunchpail humility. He was famous for separating would-be tacklers from their jockstraps, and then quietly flipping the ball to the ref after scoring a touchdown. Act like you’ve been there before, the logic went. My dad told me to follow his example when I was a kid, and I’m certain he wasn’t the only ‘90s father to impart that knowledge to his son.


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    The film gives Sanders a venue to provide the answer to what Amazon marketing bills as “the greatest mystery in sports history.” But when I ask why he thinks his story has resonated with fans all these years, Sanders is typically self-effacing. “I think maybe just because of how I played the game and bursting onto the scene in college,” he says. “I mean, just maybe being a professional athlete and not seeking attention. Maybe because I played for the lovable loser type team, the Lions. I don't know. Just being the guy like that, being one of the top players from that era. I mean, I think there's a lot of reasons why people will gravitate towards my story.”


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    For some reason I didn’t like Barry Sanders early during his career. I thought he was a bit arrogant and a primadonna.


    Then I watched an interview with him. He looked to me like one of the most humble and level headed sports superstar’s I had ever seen. I completely changed my opinion of him.

    I still think that there were a couple of running backs which should be rated higher than him, but he’s certainly in the top five of all time.
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