Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders (20), breaks for yardage against the New York Jets at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997. Sanders went into Sunday’s final regular season game needing 131 yards to join Eric Dickerson and O.J. Simpson as the only players to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Sanders ended the day with 184. (AP Photo/Tom Pidgeon)