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Lions | Calvin Johnson in rare company

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 13:55:00 -0800

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) returned to the lineup in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins after a lengthy absence, and he posted seven receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. The score was his 70th career touchdown (69 receiving, one rushing), joining Hall of Famer RB Barry Sanders as the only other player in franchise history to reach at least 70 touchdowns in a career.

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NFL | Sanders did not want to be a leader

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 09:02:25 -0700

The Detroit News reports former NFL head coach Bobby Ross said that former NFL RB Barry Sanders never wanted to be a leader when he played for the Detroit Lions. "I don't know if Barry really loved the game, but he worked hard at it," Ross said. "He did what he was supposed to do. I always wanted him to be a leader, but he didn't really want that role."

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Giants | Barber discusses retirement issue

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 11:07:42 -0700

Citing a discussion with former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders, New York Giants RB Tiki Barber explained why he has considered retiring from the NFL in recent years. "He (Sanders) said at some point, you just lose your passion for it," Barber said. "You get beat up enough times, you realize it's a young man's game and you want to do something else. I'm sure all of that plays in, but like I said, I have a lot of interests and I've never wanted to be solely defined as a football player. I wasn't that way in high school, I wasn't that way in college and I won't compromise my ideals to be that way in the National Football League. I do my job and I do it well, but I also know that there's other things that I can do well that I'll get to eventually."

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NFL | Alexander and Barber to set league record Week 3

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 22:53:28 -0700

Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander and New York Giants RB Tiki Barber will break an NFL record when they play against each other Week 3. With Alexander's 1,880 rushing yards and Barber's 1,860 rushing yards in 2005, they will set the record for most combined rushing yards from the previous season in one game. With 3,740 combined rushing yards, they beat out the record held by former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders and former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis. Sanders and Bettis played on the same field in a Thanksgiving game in 1998 with a combined 3,718 rushing yards.

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Jets | Martin enduring tough season; close to setting NFL Record

Thu, 08 Dec 2005 17:01:29 -0800

Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin (knee) has been suffering from a nagging knee injury throughout this season and stated that this year has been one of the most challenging of his career. "It's been very tough," Martin said. "This has been one of my more challenging years if not my most challenging year physically." This year, Martin is just 265 yards shy of setting the NFL record for most consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, breaking a tie with former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders. "I've never been a goal guy [but] this is one I think would be special," Martin said. "I have to understand that this would be special, not for myself but just for everyone who's a part of it."

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Jets | Fast Fact: Curtis Martin

Mon, 03 Jan 2005 12:38:13 -0800

NewYorkJets.com reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin moved into fourth on the all-time career rushing yards list after his 153-yard performance in Week 17. Martin surpassed RBs Eric Dickerson and Jerome Bettis for the distinction. He now trails RBs Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Barry Sanders for the record.

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Colts | James Rushing Toward Elite Company

Sat, 04 Dec 2004 10:06:37 -0800

Phil Richards, of the Indianapolis Star, reports Indianapolis Colts RB Edgerrin James has rushed for 7,358 yards in his career and is on pace to finish this season with a total 7,897 yards. If James reaches that mark, he will have accumulated more rushing yards in six seasons than all but RBs Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith. "As long as I'm out there, I'm striving to be the best," James said. "I'm trying to be one of the best players ever to play the game. That's the only reason I play the game, to put my mark on it."

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Jets | Fast Fact: Curtis Martin

Fri, 19 Nov 2004 09:23:49 -0800

Eric Allen, of NewYorkJets.com, reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin is just 16 yards shy of reaching the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the tenth consecutive year, which would tie Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders as the only two backs to accomplish the feat.

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Cardinals | Special Game-Planning for Falcons' Vick

Fri, 24 Sep 2004 09:57:47 -0700

AZCardinals.com reports Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green said his defense will pay extra attention to the opposing quarterback in the Week 3 match up against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Sept. 26. "You had Barry Sanders rules which meant certain things when you were going against Barry Sanders and now you have Michael Vick rules," Green said. "Those rules apply to only Michael Vick and if you don't, he'll put up big numbers on you." The Cardinals realize the tough task of limiting Vick. "When he pulls the ball down to run, we need to have everyone getting to him," said DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. "One of our weaknesses has been missed tackles and he'll make the first guy miss so we've all got to get to the ball."

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Lions | Sanders Speaks on Hall Call

Sat, 31 Jan 2004 13:01:24 -0800

The AP's Barry Wilner reports former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders spoke about his induction into the Hall of Fame. "When I think about the Hall of Fame, it seems like that's something that happens to someone else," Sanders said. "You think (Chicago Bears LB) Dick Butkus, (Bears RB) Walter Payton, names of that light. To be here, I truly feel, in some ways a little out of place."

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Lions | Sanders Inducted to Hall of Fame

Sat, 31 Jan 2004 12:59:21 -0800

The AP's Barry Wilner reports former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders was inducted to the Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 31, on his first attempt.

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NFL | Sanders Named HOF Finalist

Wed, 14 Jan 2004 12:32:32 -0800

The Associated Press reports former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Ravens | Lewis Reaches 2,000 Yards

Sun, 28 Dec 2003 20:59:41 -0800

Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis became the fifth running back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, according to David Ginsburg of the Associated Press. He finishes the year with 2,066 rushing yards, after gaining 107 yards against Pittsburgh in Week 17. The other members of the 2,000 yard club are Eric Dickerson (2,105 in 1984), Barry Sanders (2,053 in 1997), Terrell Davis (2,008 in 1998) and O.J. Simpson (2,003 in 1973).

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Steelers | Bettis Reaches Milestone

Mon, 24 Nov 2003 14:14:08 -0800

Teresa Varley, of Steelers.com, reports Pittsburgh Steelers RB Jerome Bettis became the fifth player in NFL history to surpass 3,000 career carries Sunday, Nov. 23, against the Cleveland Browns. The four other running backs to accomplish this feat are: Emmitt Smith (4,117), Walter Payton (3,838), Barry Sanders (3,062) and Marcus Allen (3,022). "Coach (Dick) Hoak came over and congratulated me," said Bettis. "That's big. I've been very blessed and fortunate to be able to play that long and take that many shots. With 3,000 carries, that's 3,000 hits. I may have run out of bounds 10 or 15 times, but other than that, I got about 2,950 hits."

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NFL | Sanders Retired Due to Frustration, Exhaustion

Sat, 15 Nov 2003 20:52:13 -0800

Former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders says he retired prematurely from the NFL because of the team's perceived lack of commitment to building a winning team. According to the Associated Press, Sanders has written a new book, "Barry Sanders: Now You See Him … His Story in His Own Words," in which he says a "communications gap" opened between him and the Lions' front office as the team unloaded quality players. Sanders retired following the 1998 season at the age of 31, and is currently the NFL's third all-time leading rusher.

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Lions | Porcher Criticizes Smith

Fri, 10 Oct 2003 08:12:29 -0700

Larry Lage, of the Associated Press, reports Detroit Lions DE Robert Porcher criticized Arizona Cardinals RB Emmitt Smith for not retiring after last year's record-breaking season. "I think he's overstayed his welcome," Porcher said. "It doesn't make me feel sad. That's the problem most players have. Most players, especially great players, have a hard time saying 'Goodbye.' Most of us have been doing this since we were little kids." Porcher, who gave praise to former Lions RB Barry Sanders for leaving when so close to breaking the record, admitted that he too is nearing the end of his career.

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Lions | Sanders Asked About Sudden Retirement

Tue, 01 Jul 2003 10:43:06 -0700

The Detroit Free Press reports former Detroit Lions star RB Barry Sanders was recently asked about his sudden retirement from football in an interview by Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle. Once again, Sanders said he is not ready to talk about it. However, he gave this statement regarding his silence: "I think that will change at some point. I don't know exactly when, really. The most important thing, really, is the 10 years I played. It's pretty well documented. And even if I never said anything else, I think if you really try hard enough it's not that hard to get a sense of who I am."

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Lions | Could Owe Former RB Sanders Money

Thu, 29 May 2003 08:06:05 -0700

The Detroit News reports the Detroit Lions and former Lions RB Barry Sanders are in the midst of an arbitration process to determine if the franchise owes him an option payment of $700,000 that was included in a clause in his last contract. In 1997, Sanders signed a six-year, $36 million contract with a signing bonus of $11 million. He retired after the 1998 season. The Lions' position is that Sanders never qualified for the $700,000 option payment because he retired long before it would have kicked in. It is not known what year the option payment was due, but it is believed to be for the fourth year.

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Lions | Sanders Says Thanks, But no Thanks

Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:21:47 -0800

Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports the Detroit Lions once again contacted former Lions RB Barry Sanders, attempting to lure back to the playing field. Once again, Barry declined. Detroit, who still retains Sanders contractual rights, has contacted him every year since he retired abruptly four seasons ago. "He might consider the Lions but only as one of 32 teams, not the only team for which he could come back," said a source close to Sanders. "He wants options and, at this point, it doesn't look like he is going to get any other choices."

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Jets | Martin Passes Mark

Mon, 23 Dec 2002 10:04:25 -0800

The Bergen Record reports New York Jets RB Curtis Martin surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark Sunday. He is now only the second player in NFL history to accomplish the feat in his first eight NFL seasons; former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders is the only other.

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Bengals | Dillon Looking For A Milestone

Mon, 15 Apr 2002 16:52:11 -0700

Geoff Hobson reports for Bengals.com RB Corey Dillon will try to become the fourth RB in NFL history to begin their NFL careers with six straight 1,000-yard seasons. Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders and Curtis Martin were the others. Dillon said he has no plans to change his running style. Dillonís left knee gave him some nagging problems this past year when it swelled frequently with fluid. He decided to have arthroscopic surgery to clean it out back in the first week in March and he's already back working out. Sparling said strength (along with a knee sleeve) is the major reason why Dillon's left kneecap hasnít slid out of place for the last two seasons.

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Cowboys | Emmitt Gets His Record

Sun, 06 Jan 2002 12:12:22 -0800

Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith has gone over 1,000 yards rushing in a season for an NFL record 11th time. He breaks Barry Sanders' record of 10.

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Titans | Fast Fact

Sun, 06 Jan 2002 08:17:00 -0800

Tennessee Titans RB Eddie George needs 111 yards rushing today against Cincinnati to post his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, joining Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson and Curtis Martin as the only players to do so from the start of a career.

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Titans | Ed Nears Milestone

Tue, 01 Jan 2002 16:46:51 -0800

Tennessee Titans RB Eddie George needs 111 yards rushing Sunday to become the fourth player in NFL history to have 1,000 rushing yards in each of first six NFL seasons. The other three RBs are Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson and Curtis Martin.

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Cowboys | Smith 56 Away

Sun, 30 Dec 2001 16:51:56 -0800

The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith is only 56 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. He's trying to become the first player to do it 11 times; he shares the record with Barry Sanders and will try breaking it Sunday in Detroit.

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Dolphins | Quiet on the Trade Front

Tue, 23 Oct 2001 11:04:11 -0700

The Miami Herald reports the Miami Dolphins do not expect to make any trades before today's trading deadline. Regarding the continued rumors of a Barry Sanders return to the NFL, Dolphins vice president of player personnel, Rick Spielman, said he hasn't heard a word from the Lions or Sanders' agents.

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Lions | Barry Note

Fri, 19 Oct 2001 17:45:34 -0700

Curt Sylvester reports for the Free Press former Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders recently told his agent, Peter Schaffer, "I want to play . . . golf." He had been asked by the team if he was willing to come back to the Lions. Coach Marty Mornhinweg recently told Schaffer that the team would be willing to trade Sanders if he wanted to make a comeback with another team. The story of the Lions willing to trade Sanders spread quickly on Friday. In the past, the Lions had said they would welcome Sanders back but never said they would accommodate him if he wanted to play for another team. Although he doesn't expect Sanders will change his mind, Schaffer said he never would try to guess his intentions.

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Cowboys | Emmitt No. 2 Now

Sun, 23 Sep 2001 22:38:10 -0700

The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith rushed for 85 yards and moved past Barry Sanders to become the second-leading rusher in NFL history with 15,291 yards.

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Cowboys | Smith Getting Closer

Sat, 22 Sep 2001 16:53:22 -0700

Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith is 64 yards away from surpassing RB Barry Sanders, formerly of the Detroit Lions, in career rushing yards. By rushing for 64 yards this weekend, Smith would move into second on the all-time list.

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Cowboys | Smith Continues His Move To No. 1

Wed, 05 Sep 2001 09:26:21 -0700

Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith will embark on his journey to become the NFL's all-time leading rusher, when he takes on a tough Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense this weekend. Smith ranks third all-time with 15,166 rushing yards and needs just 104 to pass Barry Sanders (15,269) for second place in history. He trails the all-time leader, Walter Payton, by 1,561 yards.

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Lions | Millen Wants Sanders

Sat, 27 Jan 2001 13:00:11 -0800

The Detroit Free Press reports Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen still wants to talk with retired RB Barry Sanders even though media reports have stated he does not want to play football again. Millen stated he still wants Sanders part of the Lions even if he doesn't want to play.

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Lions | Barry Wants To Be Back - Not As A Player

Sun, 21 Jan 2001 22:32:46 -0800

The Detroit News reports former Lions RB Barry Sanders is interested in rejoining the Lions organization, but not as a player. "I am too old to play; I'm going to be 33 this summer," Sanders said at Metro Airport on Sunday night. He said he want to talk to the team about being a part of the organization. With all of his previous signing bonus paid back, Sanders said he believes it opens the door for him to once again be a part of the Lions. Sanders also confirmed he did get a call from Lions CEO Matt Millen.

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Lions | Sanders Pays Off Debt to Team

Thu, 11 Jan 2001 13:27:25 -0800

DetroitLions.com reports former Lions RB Barry Sanders has repaid the team the remainder of his pro-rated signing bonus, which was a total of $3.666 million. Sanders was only scheduled to pay the team $1.833 million this season and the same amount next year. The Lions believe Sanders made the payment because of tax reasons.

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Lions | Attitude Needed

Tue, 09 Jan 2001 18:57:24 -0800

During an interview with ESPN, Detroit Lions new GM Matt Millen stated the one thing he sees that needs the most change in Detroit is the attitude of the team. Millen once again spoke on former Lions RB Barry Sanders and remains hopeful he may be able to convince Sanders to return to the field.

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Lions | Coach To Stay | More

Tue, 09 Jan 2001 15:39:33 -0800

The Associated Press reports after being named the team's new president and chief executive officer, the Detroit Lions Matt Millen announced his plans are to keep Gary Moeller as his head coach. Millen also acknowledged speaking with retired RB Barry Sanders. "I had a great conversation with him, and we're gonna talk again. ... If Barry Sanders would like to play, you would want to explore that." Millen said.

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Lions | Sanders Monitoring Situation

Tue, 09 Jan 2001 13:27:18 -0800

The Oakland Press reports a league source who knows retired Lions RB Barry Sanders has confirmed that Sanders is monitoring the Matt Millen situation carefully. Sanders may consider returning to the playing field in a Lions uniform if he feels the right people are hired. Of course, it's totally speculation right now.

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Lions | Would Millen Want Sanders?

Sun, 07 Jan 2001 10:55:58 -0800

The Detroit News reports when Matt Millen takes over the Detroit Lions football operation, he probably will call retired RB Barry Sanders to see if has any desire to play football again. Although Millen is not an official member of the Lions front office yet, he said, "any football guy in the country would be crazy if he didn't (contact Sanders)." Sanders has been away from the game for two years, but either way, Millen will want to hear from Sanders if he has any desire to play.

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Lions | Stewart Worth the Investment?

Tue, 26 Dec 2000 17:49:26 -0800

The Detroit Free Press reports Detroit Lions RB James Stewart was one of the bright spots for the Lions this year. Stewart never showed the game-breaking talents former Lions RB Barry Sanders had, but Stewart was a workhorse for the team and didn't lose yardage often like Sanders did. Stewart was also a goal line threat for the team this year as he found his way into the end zone 10 times.

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Lions | Sanders Arbitration Hearing Set

Thu, 30 Dec 1999 17:30:18 -0800

CBS Sportsline is reporting that the Detroit Lions and RB Barry Sanders will meet on January 11th with arbitrator Sam Kagel. Sanders' agent, David Ware, plans to make one more pitch to resolve the dispute in a manner that might permit Sanders to return to the field in 2000, although not with the Lions. Lions officials have said Sanders will play for them or not at all.

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NFC Players Of The Week

Thu, 30 Dec 1999 08:23:37 -0800

The NFL has named St. Louis Rams RB Marshall Faulk, New Orleans Saints CB Fred Weary, and Minnesota Vikings KR Moe Williams as the NFC's Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 16th week of the 1999 season. Faulk had an NFC season-high 258 yards from scrimmage, including 204 yards receiving on 12 receptions and a 48 yard TD in the Rams' 34-12 win over the Chicago Bears. His receiving yards were the most by a RB since Curtis McClinton had 213 for the Chiefs on December 19, 1965. Faulk also had 10 rushes for 54 yards. During the game, Faulk joined Roger Craig (1985) as the only players in NFL history with 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same year. He has 1,302 rushing yards and 1,021 receiving on 84 catches. Faulk leads the league with 2,323 scrimmage yards and needs 36 to break the NFL record set by Barry Sanders (2,358) in 1997. This is Faulk's fourth Player of the Week award and his second this season. Weary had a 22-yard interception return that set up a score and a 58-yard fumble return for the game-winning touchdown in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys. This is Weary's first Player of the Week award. Williams had one kickoff return for an 85-yard touchdown and added two special teams tackles in the Vikings' 34-17 win over the New York Giants. This is Williams' first Player of the Week Award.

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Redskins | Seeking Sanders?

Wed, 14 Jul 1999 21:45:00 -0700

Mark Maske reports in the Washington Post that their sources have told them that the Redskins are considering putting together a trade offer for Lions RB Barry Sanders. A deal like that would be very difficult because of the two team's cap situations. With three first-round picks in next year's college draft, the Redskins have the resources to pull off a major trade. There have been no talks yet, but new owner Daniel Snyder has made it clear he will not be afraid to make big moves. Snyder would not comment on the Sanders speculation. Also, Post sources say that team officials have basically decided against signing RB Lawrence Phillips.

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Lions | Barry Blurb

Tue, 13 Jul 1999 07:15:00 -0700

The Detroit News reports that the assumption by the Lions that RB Barry Sanders will be at training camp may be a bad one. "It's not going to be simple," Lamont Smith, Sanders' agent, said Monday. "That's the only thing I can tell you." Sanders has issued a gag order not to discuss his situation, Smith said. "I've got strict instructions from my client," Smith said. "He has asked me not to comment on it. But it's not going to be simple. He just doesn't want to debate it publicly." Where that leaves the two sides is unknown at this point because salary cap issues make a trade next to impossible and if Sanders were to retire he would owe the team over $7 million.

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Lions | Another Sanders Update

Fri, 18 Jun 1999 20:05:00 -0700

Detroit's WDIV-TV sports anchor Fred McLeod said he talked to a "source close to the situation" today who told him that Lions RB Barry Sanders isn't going to retire and that he will report to camp in July. The Lions said they are still waiting to hear from Barry himself before making any comment.

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Dolphins | Not Looking at Irvin

Tue, 01 Jun 1999 22:10:00 -0700

The Miami Herald reports that Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson says he has no intentions of trading for Cowboys WR Michael Irvin, if he goes on the trading block. He said that Irvin was on the downside of his career and too expensive. He also balked at the idea that the Dolphins would be willing to trade for any of the veterans mentioned as possibly available such as Carl Pickens, Barry Sanders or Deion Sanders. "We've got no interest in making a trade for any player at this stage," Johnson said. "If they're available on the waiver wire, we'll take a look at them. . . . But you don't need to be calling me at home about a player being available in a trade."

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Lions | Sanders Update

Tue, 18 May 1999 08:05:00 -0700

Curt Sylvester, of the Detroit Free Press, reports RB Barry Sanders' agent David Ware told the Lions that his client will meet with them soon, possibly even before the June 1st deadline the Lions stated Sanders had to get in touch with them. Ware spent last weekend with both Sanders and his father, William, but said they did not discuss his plans for the future. "In terms of specific things, I'd have to leave that up to Barry and the coach (Bobby Ross), but I'm sure -- I mean, I hope -- they'll talk," Ware stated.

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Lions | More Fuel On The Fire

Thu, 13 May 1999 07:45:00 -0700

Although he has yet to speak for himself, Curt Sylvester now quotes a source close to RB Barry Sanders in the Detroit Free Press, as saying Barry is seriously considering the retirement option right now. "I don't think he's so much tired of the game as just tired," said the source, who declined to be identified. "Ten years and a lot of losing." Contrary to comments by Barry's dad, this source says if he retires it will have nothing to do with coach Bobby Ross' plans for the offense nor will it be based on Barry's chance to become the NFL's leading all-time rusher. "The only record he cares about is, are we going to play in Atlanta (in the Super Bowl) next year? That's his deal. Everything else ...it doesn't motivate him." The article said to look for a decision in July.

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Lions | Barry Sanders Update

Sat, 08 May 1999 01:20:00 -0700

William Sanders, the father of Detroit Lion RB Barry Sanders, told a Detroit radio station on Thursday that he hasn't even spoken with his son since Easter. This just adds a little interesting twist to William Sanders' open discussion recently stating his son was unhappy and thinking of retiring.

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Lions | Sanders Not Happy

Thu, 06 May 1999 08:30:00 -0700

ESPN reports Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders, according to his father, is not a happy camper.

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Vikings | Smith to Play in Pro Bowl

Thu, 04 Feb 1999 02:34:00 -0800

Minnesota RB Robert Smith has been named as the replacement for Detroit RB Barry Sanders (ribs) in this weekend's Pro Bowl.

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Vikings | Smith to Play in Pro Bowl

Thu, 04 Feb 1999 02:34:00 -0800

Minnesota RB Robert Smith has been named as the replacement for Detroit RB Barry Sanders (ribs) in this weekend's Pro Bowl.

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