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battleknight24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 03:15 PM
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Football Question: Why did Barry Sanders retire early?
He had many good years ahead of him... and he was within easy reach of Walter Payton's all time rushing record. If he was tired of losing in the Detroit Lions, why didn't he go to another team?




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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 03:18 PM
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1. I think he may have been locked into a long contract with Detroit.
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michreject Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 03:36 PM
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2. After 40+ years of futility
And seeing that no improvments were being made, compounded with a shitty offensive line, he left.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 03:46 PM
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3. Because Matt Millon touches himself at night
:D
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Strawman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 03:56 PM
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4. He tried. The Lions wouldn't release him
Edited on Sat Feb-17-07 04:00 PM by Strawman
He got sick of putting himself through the rigors of an NFL season for a crappy organization like the Lions. He was sick of losing. I don't blame him.

The kicker is that Matt Millen thought he could talk Barry out of retirement after he was hired as President of the Lions. He and then coach Marty Mornhinweg dropped by Barry's house to try and get him to come back. Matt Millen's hiring was supposed to signal that the Lions were finally serious about winning.

:rofl:

Barry must have closed the door on that clown and had a gut busting laugh as he watched Millen ride away on his Harley. If Barry ever had any doubts about his decision or the Lions chances, that visit had to clear those up for him.
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Awsi Dooger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 04:07 PM
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5. Plenty of guesswork
Edited on Sat Feb-17-07 04:08 PM by Awsi Dooger
The Lions sucked his last season in '98, going 5-11. They had a rookie QB in Charlie Batch, who was hardly a touted prospect. Sanders may have felt there wasn't much of a future if Batch was the QB. The offensive line was makeshift. Bobby Ross was considered an improvement at coach over Wayne Fontes but I'm not sure Sanders felt that way. He thanked Fontes sincerely in his Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

Also, and this is seldom mentioned, but I think Sanders had a sense he was declining. He wasn't exactly young for a running back at 31, and 10 seasons in the NFL. In '98 his yards per carry dramatically fell off, from 6.1 in '97 to 4.3 in '98. That was the second lowest of his career and well below his career average. Very possibly, if he had played even one more year his career average would have dropped below 5 yards per carry. He actually had more carries in '98 than he did in his 2000+ yard season of '97, yet finished with more than 500 yards fewer.
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jcrew2001 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 05:07 PM
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6. he
he was going to play but he said he was "tired" on his cell phone, and bobby ross thought he said "retired". Then he wouldn't return phone calls and everyone assumed he was retired and then they wouldn't release him.

He then went to congress to lobby for better cell phone reception. Cuz he blames the cell phone for his retirement.

Ummm....he's an idiot, and sadly this wasn't a joke.
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