This Day in Football: Barry Sanders retires

Detroit Lions, TCIPF Staff, This Day in NFL History

On this date in football – July 28, 1999 – newspapers announced the retirement of Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, who left the game at age 31 – just 1,457 yards shy of Walter Payton’s then all-time rushing record.

Emmitt Smith would eventually pass Sanders and Payton to become the NFL’s all-time rushing king.  Still, no one could surpass Sanders on the NFL Network’s Top 10 list of the most elusive runners.  Here’s a look back at Barry, making them miss like nobody else could.

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