Legendary former Detroit running back Barry Sanders shared his good feelings about what he’s seen from his old team with the new regime

DETROIT – A slight chant of “Barry, Barry, Barry“burst into the Detroit Golf Club when participants in Rocket Mortgage Classic’s AREA 313 Celebrity Scramble were introduced to viewers on Tuesday.

It was not enough to overshadow the chants that cheered for the now member of the Hall of Fame, Barry Sanders, during his days as a player of the Detroit Lions from inside the Pontiac Silverdome, but more than two decades after his abrupt retirement, he is still considered sports royalty in Detroit.

“Hey look, I last played twenty-something years ago,” said a smiling Sanders 52-year-old, the all-time leading running back of the Lions who said goodbye to the game in 1998. “So I’m very lucky to be able to enjoy things like that.”

The legacy of Sanders is solidified. So much so that a bid for his autographed away game jersey from a 1990 game was auctioned last Saturday for $ 55,152 by Gray Flannel Auctions.

But now, Sanders you want to see a new era in franchise history, with long-term success.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we hope that [el nuevo head coach de los Lions, Dan] Campbell be the one, “he said Sanders a ESPN. “He definitely came in and made a great impression, a great entrance, so yeah, I think we’re excited for him.”

Hiring Campbell, and the executive vice president and general manager Brad Holmes, plus all the new faces at Motown, they make Sanders – still the biggest star for the Lions– you “feel different” about this group, and that things could take a good turn soon.

After playing so many difficult seasons, Sanders you can certainly understand the changes, and you know the size of the challenge ahead Campbell Y Holmes.

“Well, it’s a great opportunity for the new regime. So many great sporting moments have happened here in Detroit. There have been hockey championships, baseball championships, basketball championships, but Detroit it’s definitely a football city, “he said. Sanders. “There is a thirst and a hunger to win, and I hope the boys can do it. I know the city is excited and we know there is a lot of work ahead, but if it were easy, everyone would be able to do it. So, I hope they are. those indicated “.

The Lions are still trying to establish an identity, particularly in the old position of Sanders, and they’re betting big on the sophomore runner D’Andre Swift.

The running game of Detroit shone with Sanders, who rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of their 10 seasons, including 2,053 yards in 1997. Since 1998, they have been probably the worst rushing team in the league. The Lions haven’t had a 1,000-yard rushing back since Reggie Bush in 2013, the longest active streak in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Sanders He said the running back position is in good hands with talent throughout the league.

“I think there is a lot going back and forth with it. I think there has certainly been a change over the last few years,” he said. Sanders. “A change to get away, perhaps, from certain runners, but at the same time, you look at other guys who definitely continue to show how valuable runners are, like Derrick Henry for example, “he said Sanders. “I think there will be more guys. Zeke [Elliott] he was held back a bit last year, but has been dominant since he’s been in the league. Obviously, there are more young runners.

“Do you look at either a [Nick] Chubb or a [Alvin] Chamber. There are enough guys out there to make people go ‘Oh no. We need to be able to run the ball. ‘ So yeah, I still think it’s in good hands. Really, what I’m trying to say is that there has been a certain resurgence of guys who can run the ball and really show that they are valuable and that they are needed. “