Barry Sanders

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Barry Sanders was fun to watch. No one ever ran as consistently fast as Sanders. No one has equaled his amazing twists, turns, and jukes-moves that left defenders gasping. Adding to the delicious quality of his athleticism was his unself-conscious manner of carrying it all out. Throughout the 1990s, he was Detroit Lions football. He played hard for a team that was up one year, down the next, occasionally close to greatness, but never quite there. The same could not be said for Sanders. His greatness was constant,...
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Overview

Barry Sanders was fun to watch. No one ever ran as consistently fast as Sanders. No one has equaled his amazing twists, turns, and jukes-moves that left defenders gasping. Adding to the delicious quality of his athleticism was his unself-conscious manner of carrying it all out. Throughout the 1990s, he was Detroit Lions football. He played hard for a team that was up one year, down the next, occasionally close to greatness, but never quite there. The same could not be said for Sanders. His greatness was constant, season after season. Then, at the height of his career as a running back, he left the game. Sanders went out on top, and there he remains in the minds of his many fans.
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Children's Literature - Margaret Orto
Barry Sanders's humility was evident from the beginning of his football career, as were his amazing athletic prowess and speed. As this book in the "Football Superstars" series reveals, Sanders is arguably the fastest running back ever to play in the National Football League and certainly the NFL's best runner of the 1990s. Sanders's rise to football greatness, as well as his modesty, was apparent when he won the Heisman Trophy for Best College Player in 1988, where he downplayed its importance, and remembered to thank his teammates who helped him rack up his amazing statistics. While clearly loving the sport of football, Sanders always felt it was second in importance to being a good person. This biography reveals the personal as well as professional life of Sanders, from his childhood through his surprising retirement at the height of his career, and attempts to sort out Sanders legacy to the game of football. Sanders played for ten years with the Detroit Lions and consistently gave his all to a team that was inconsistent from season to season. Clearly, Sanders's upbringing shaped who he was as a person; he grew up with ten siblings, a gentle and hardworking mother, and a formidable father who demanded that each of his children bend to his will. Sanders's difficult relationship with his father is traced from his early childhood through his days as a professional athlete. In addition to the compelling narrative, statistics, a chronology, full-color photographs, a timeline, sidebars, a glossary, a "for further reading" section, and an index are all included here, making this a high interest book for those looking for an absorbing account of one of the greats of football history.Reviewer: Margaret Orto
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096673
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: Football Superstars Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 835,380
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Cowboys' Battle 7
2 Dreams of Greatness 16
3 Rookie Rusher 29
4 Solid Gold 39
5 Thumbs Up 50
6 Nineties Football 61
7 Ho-Hum 69
8 Magic Year 77
9 A New Life 90 Statistics 105 Chronology and Timeline 106 Glossary 109 Bibliography 112 Further Reading 114 Picture Credits 115 Index 116 About the Author 120
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