Chat with Barry Sanders
Sanders was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders stops by to chat about the start of the 2013 NFL season, as well as the release of Madden NFL 25.
Despite retiring at age 30, after just 10 seasons in the league, Sanders, @BarrySanders, rushed for 15,269 yards, which still ranks third all-time. His 99.8 rushing yards per game is second all-time behind Jim Brown.
This season, Sanders was voted as the EA Sports' Madden NFL 25 cover athlete as the game celebrates its 25th anniversary. The game hit stores Tuesday.
Send your questions now and join Sanders Thursday at 2 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:05 PM)
Barry is running a little late, but he'll be here shortly to answer your questions. Keep em coming!
Buzzmaster (2:09 PM)
We have Barry!
Who do you consider the best running back of all time?
Barry Sanders (2:10 PM)
I would say Jim Brown. He dominated the game during his era more than any RB has. He was much more highly skilled and was the best player on the field. Then I guess the rest of us are fighting for second place.
I've always wondered, what made you so elusive on the field?
Barry Sanders (2:12 PM)
I've always been the smallest guy on the field and as a kid I wanted to be like Tony Dorsett. I understood early on that that was my strength, even though it annoyed some coaches.
Who are your top five running backs in the league today?
Barry Sanders (2:13 PM)
Wow! Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Stephen Jackson (even though the Rams hadn't had a lot of success while he was there, he did have a good couple of seasons) and Marshawn Lynch. You can slide Maurice Jones-Drew into the mix.
do you regret retiring earlier than many people expected you to missing out on the rushing title?
Barry Sanders (2:14 PM)
I don't regret it. It was the right time. I know I was within striking distance of the record but it was the right time for me to leave the game. I had many great years and that's what sticks with me.
Do you ever see yourself coaching in the NFL?
Barry Sanders (2:16 PM)
I don't think so. I like being able to go to my kids games and coaching is a time consuming business, especially in the NFL. If I do get into coaching, it would be on the local level.
You had the best TD celebration I've ever seen. Who taught you to "act like you've been there beore".
Barry Sanders (2:17 PM)
I learned that most from my dad. He was a big football fan and he had a big influence on me. He pushed me to play the game the right way so all the credit goes to him.
Jordan (Newark, DE)
Did you ever play Madden before this year?
Barry Sanders (2:17 PM)
Yes, I've played before. I have some very avid Madden players in my home. They are excited that I'm on the cover.
Do you believe in the Madden Curse?
Barry Sanders (2:18 PM)
I don't. I don't believe in it. I think Calvin Johnson may have put that to rest after having a record-breaking season a year after being on the Madden cover.
Lisha (Miami, FL)
What does it mean to you to be on the Madden NFL 25 cover?
Barry Sanders (2:20 PM)
It's a real honor because the game means so much to so many people. With the list of current and former players that have been on the cover, it's such a big honor to join them. The game features the running game more than ever and that's a great thing. It's been a huge thrill to be apart of the Madden team.
What's the coolest thing you've done since you won the cover vote earlier this year?
Barry Sanders (2:22 PM)
Going to Orlando to give kids the chance to win a Madden game by running a certain time in the 40 yard dash. A lot of high school players came out, along with other folks from around the area. We gave out a lot of games and had a good time. Shooting a commercial for Pepsi Max showing you how you can unlock a legend.
What is your greatest memory of your career?
Barry Sanders (2:23 PM)
My greatest memory starts with winning the Heisman as a junior and coming basically out of nowhere to do so. Next would be my ninth season in the NFL when I ran for over 2,000 yards and joined an elite group of NFL RBs who accomplished such a feat.
Barry, now that you're a cover athlete for Madden, do fans stop you to talk to you more about being on the cover or about your playing career?
Barry Sanders (2:24 PM)
I've certainly had my share of fans that have stopped be because of the Madden cover and there's been a lot more of that recently. But overall they like to talk about my playing career.
Really enjoyed your game--You may be the only player who is better in real life than on Madden!
Barry Sanders (2:25 PM)
Thanks! The designers at Madden were always very generous to me. I think I may be a little bit better on Madden because the game gave me a bit more power than I had during my playing days.
Will the Lions ever win another game at Lambeau Field?
Barry Sanders (2:26 PM)
LOl! That hurts! I think it could happen this year with Calvin, Matt and Reggie. But if not this year, it's bound to happen soon.
Barry Sanders (2:27 PM)
Great talking to you all Follow me on Twitter @BarrySanders and go buy Madden 25.