Sanders: I Borrowed A Lot Of Skills From Other Guys

Barry Sanders had a unique running style. Or did he?

The DA Show
November 15, 2018 - 11:16 am

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Barry Sanders is considered by many the best running back of all time – and for good reason. He won a Heisman Trophy, was NFL Rookie of the Year, NFL MVP, a six-time All-Pro, and a 10-time Pro Bowler. The Pro Football Hall of Famer ran with a style that had never been seen before and hasn't been seen since.

Or did he?

“Honestly, I feel like I borrowed a lot of stuff from different guys,” Sanders said on The DA Show. “I feel like I did. One of the first guys that I remember really watching was a guy named Terry Metcalf, a little squirrelly running back for the St. Louis Rams back in the early ’70s. Probably my all-time favorite would be Tony Dorsett. His years at the University in Pittsburgh in the late-’70s, I remember that as a kid. I remember going out trying to emulate what he did. A year or two after that, I remember Marcus Allen. I remember watching Charles White before Marcus Allen.”

Whatever Sanders did, it worked. He led the NFL in rushing four times.

“It’s a long list of running backs I feel like I tried to emulate,” Sanders said. “I’m glad that the young guys think that I originated some of this stuff, but honestly, I feel like I borrowed a lot of stuff from some of those guys I just mentioned.”