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Notes: Barry Sanders would still dominate in today’s league

One writer argues Sanders could hold his own in the NFL today.

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Age ain’t nothing but a number baby, and Barry Sanders is no exception.

SB Nation’s Charles McDonald listed the 50-year-old Lions legend among six Hall of Famers who would still kick butt (sorry, language) in today’s NFL. Calling him possibly the greatest running back of all time, McDonald argues that Sanders could be dropped into a game today without missing a beat. For reference:

McDonald writes that in 1990, Sanders averaged 13.3 yards per reception, which would have ranked 41st among current qualifying players last season. Just imagine him back in Honolulu blue. Hey Sanders, bet you won’t do it. Bet you’re too scared to try. Ch-chi-chicken, buh-gooock. (Do you think this is working? Was that a decent chicken noise?)

Of note, this article popped up just as The Athletic’s Matt Brown highlighted* Sanders’ achievement—the greatest individual season in college football history. In 1988 at Oklahoma State, he ran 344 times for 2,628 yards and 37 touchdowns in 11 regular-season games. Then, another 222 yards and five touchdowns in the Holiday Bowl. He rushed for at least 154 yards every game.

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Likely knowing very little about his physical abilities now, how do you think Sanders would do in today’s league?

Onto your notes.

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