Barry Sanders tells ESPN he would play for the 49ers or Seahawks



What kind of NFL career would Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders have had he not retired abruptly? That is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure, Sanders was arguably the greatest running back to ever play the game. A 10-time Pro Bowl player in 10 NFL seasons, it’s no wonder Sanders is considered one of the best. From his elusiveness to cut-back ability across the grain, Sanders was a joy to watch as he made would-be tacklers look foolish.

Sanders was recently interviewed by ESPN on which team he would play for in today’s NFL, and Sanders did not hesitate as he said, “The Niners. They have a great set of mixture of running and passing. A great balance, I think on their offense. And being in the Super Bowl and close to it the last couple years. Even the Seahawks who put the ball on the ground and depend on that.”

If you remember Sanders was heavily rumored to be traded to the 49ers in 1999 after the gruesome injury to RB Garrison Hearst. However, that never came to fruition as the 49ers opted to go with RB Charlie Garner. The Dolphins were also aggressively pursuing Sanders at the time but ultimately Sanders was never traded and thus retired.

In 10 season in the NFL, Sanders racked up 2,062 carries for 15,269 rushing yards and 99 touchdowns. In addition, Sanders was a six-time first-team All-Pro, four-time NFL rushing champion, two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and one-time MVP.


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