Barry Sanders the 2nd best running back of all time?

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Barry Sanders

Here’s another one of those debates that rages on and on: Who’s the best NFL running back of all time? analyst Gil Brandt, who spent 28 years as the Cowboys’ vice president of player personnel, revisited that question after the retirement of LaDainian Tomlinson on Monday.

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And he’s got Lions legend Barry Sanders at No. 2, right behind Jim Brown.

“My favorite memory of Sanders came before he’d even taken a single NFL snap, at Oklahoma State’s pro day back in 1989,” Brandt writes. “Sanders was fresh off one of the most dominant seasons in college football history, rushing for 2,850 yards and scoring 39 touchdowns as the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner.

“Having just received another award, Sanders was late in returning to campus for the pro day. But he arrived at the field in a pair of cutoff jeans and, without warming up, blazed a 4.38 40-yard dash.”

Brandt’s argument for Brown at No. 1 is that he played in a “completely different era of football, with simple, run-oriented offenses and rules that prevented blockers from using their hands in any way.” Read more here…

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