This Day in Football: December 21

Detroit Lions, Inside the NFL, Tales from the Vault, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

On this day in 1997, Barry Sanders became just the third player in NFL history to break the 2,000 yard rushing mark in a single season, finishing with 2,053 yards.

Sanders ran for 184 yards and a touchdown against the Jets to pass O.J. Simpson for second on the all-time list, and falling just 52 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season record. Jamal Lewis later passed Sanders’ mark by 13 yards in 2003, setting Sanders back to third on the list.

Let’s take a look back at the highlight of Barry’s historic day as originally presented on “Inside the NFL”:

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