Barry Sanders (born July 16, 1968 in Wichita, Kansas) was a running back in the National Football League who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions.
He was notorious for sometimes running the full width of the field to gain only a yard on a play then, on the next, suddenly breaking through a hole for a 60 yard gain.
Barry Sanders retired from football, having gained 15,269 yards and 109 touchdowns, the former statistic placing him behind only Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.
Sanders's retirement from playing in 1999 was a matter of some controversy. Two years beforehand, Sanders had renewed his contract with the Lions and received a $38 million signing bonus. When he retired with several years left on his contract, the Lions demanded that he return $7 million of the bonus. Sanders refused, and the Lions sued and eventually won a judgment against him.
In 2004, Barry Sanders was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 1988, Sanders won the Heisman Trophy while attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.