Running Head: BARRY SANDERS
Brandon M. Ferris
Blue Hill Community Schools
Barry Sanders is known as one of the best running backs to have ever graced the National Football League. He followed the trail of other great professional football players such as: Jim Brown, Tony Dorsett, and Walter Payton; Dorsett being his favorite. ( Gutman, 1993).
Barry Sanders was born on July 16, of 1968, in Wichita, Kansas. ( Gutman, 1993). He had 8 sisters and 2 brothers. Barry’s father was a carpenter and his mother was a stay at home mom, so his family didn’t have much money, but they did what they could with what they had. ( Stewart, 1996). As a kid, he was the star of the neighborhood pickup football games. Due to his short stature, and slow growth rate Barry never had much of a chance in sports. ( Gutman, 1993).
During high school Barry played both football and basketball. Basketball was his favorite, but he enjoyed running the football quite a bit. Throughout his high school career Sanders thought the only way he would be able to play would be as a Defensive Back ( corner, or safety), mostly because his brother, Byron, was the starting running back for the varsity football team. The Defensive Back coach for the team said, “Barry always had great speed. If a receiver broke loose Barry would run him down and tackle him.” ( Gutman, 1993).
As a sophomore in high school, Sanders played mostly junior varsity, but had some varsity time here and there. During his varsity time he played at safety on defense. During the games, Barry’s dad would sit in the stands and yell, “Play him! Let him run!” ( Gutman, 1993).
Barry loved to run the football, but the coaches didn’t play him much because of small size. Even though he wanted to play running back, everyone said he would be crushed by large linebackers and defensive ends. William Sanders, his dad, still saw him as a running back. ( Gutman, 1993).
In his senior year at Oklahoma...