It was fifty years ago today- July 16, 1968- the second greatest running back in NFL history- Barry Sanders was born. Sanders played ten years for the Detroit Lions- from 1989-98- retiring at the peak of his career. Sanders rushed for 15,269 yards- for a 5.0 average per -carry during his career. He averaged 99.8 yards a game. If he had kept playing there is little doubt he would have broken the rushing record. I rank Sanders as the second greatest running back ever- who do I have at #1? Jim Brown. Even Barry Sanders father said that Jim Brown was the GOAT!