Barry is here!
What pose would you want to take on the cover if you win the bracket?
Maybe like a kung fu pose. Legs crossed.
Is the Heisman pose taken? Can you do that?
How gratifying is it for you to know you've made it this far in the MAdden bracket due to fan voting? Obviously fans still support you well after your playing days.
You know what, it's pretty impressive. I thought last week that Ray Lewis would take me down. He's riding pretty high right now. I was pretty surprised. Joe Montana is a tough one as well. It's pretty neat.
Who is the best Running Back that you have seen Currently Playing in the NFL?
You must be asking about other than Adrian Peterson! Adrian has been that for a while. Last year he was a man on a mission. He's had at times pieces around him and other times not. He's clearly the best running back and one of the top 5 players in all of the NFL.
Wanted to say you were my favorite player growing up...how did you build up your massive quads? Lot of squats? How much?
I'm sure I can thank my mom for that. But definitely lots of squats. Lots of power cleans. Just working out in general. Trying to gain weight. I always had a chip on my shoulder, always being short of stature. I had to compete hard on the field and off the field in the weight room.
What do your kids think about you being in this Madden bracket?
My boys are big Madden fans, so they love it. They're not sure of my chances of actually being able to win. They have some players that are their favorites or who they think will win.
Barry, Do you see your son Barry Jr getting some carries this season at Stanford? I cant wait to watch him play!
Excited about seeing him. It's a great program. It's really thrilling for me to see him in that environment, in a place he really wanted to be. Pursuing his dreams athletically and academically.
Do you play Madden? And if so, what is your favorite team to play with?
I have to play some, because my sons play. I probably mostly play with the Lions. I don't know if strategically that's always the best move, but I feel like an obligation.
What is your favorite memory from your career?
Oh, man....I don't know if I have a favorite. My first run sticks with me, because the plan going into that game was to sit it out. And then playing in some playoff games and winning one against Dallas in 1991 and rushing for 2000 yards.
Who was the one player that you told yourself "Man I can not let this guy get a clean hit on me"?
There were certainly guys that you knew were hitters. In the NFL during my era, I was certainly very aware. We played Tampa, I knew that John Lynch is going to come up with reckless abandon. The Bears had Mark Carrier and Mike Singletary. There were certain guys you were aware of. Once the game gets going, you block it out and you just play your game. My game was to try and slip past everyone.
How crazy is it that Jason Hanson just now retired? He was already a veteran player when you retired yourself.
It just speaks to how terrific of a player he was at his position. Jason was one of those guys where whenever he was going to retire you were going to miss him. He had a great approach to going about his business. Even today he was a fantastic player who could continue if he wanted to.
Barry, how cool would it be for you to be on the cover of Madden, considering you retired nearly 15 years ago?
It would be incredible. It's really terrific to see these former players being able to be involved in this and participate in it. To still recieve this much attention. It would be incredible and a real honor.
What's the thing fans ask you about the most when they see you?
I really couldn't say one thing. It varies. Why did I retire? Or it's playing against their favorite team. It really does vary.
Where do you keep all of the awards you won while in the NFL?
Most of them are displayed at my mom's house. I started just keeping them there. My dad would pretty much just take them home. So, that's where they still are.
Do you get to go to many Lions games very often?
I caught one last year. Maybe a couple the year before. I don't get out much to the games, because a lot of times I might be traveling. Or with the age of my kids, it might be easier to watch at home. I definitely have a house full of Lions fans, that's for sure.
Barry! You're the greatest! With Jason Hanson's retirement, and being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame your self, what is your position on kickers being properly recognized for their achievements and being admitted to the Hall of Fame?I also want to add, thanks for the great memories. I could watch your highlights every day and never get bored. GO LIONS!
It's something that I'm not familiar with, as far as the numbers of kickers. Who's in and who is close. It seems like they are becoming a more valued part of the game. I think Jason definitely has a shot with the numbers that he put up.
What's your one biggest regret from your time in the NFL?
I don't really have any regrets. I think that giving all of the circumstances, I really wouldn't change anything. It would have been great to win a Super Bowl, but when I look at the teams that won during my era, the Redskins, the Cowboys, the 49ers. There were some great, great teams. Looking back, I don't think we were better than any of them, to be honest. No regrets.
What skills/attributes do you think set you apart from everyone and made you so great? Heart, vision, intelligence?
I don't know. I know that I came to the NFL with a great and long love for the game and the position. When I was a kid, I would closely watch every RB, especially the popular ones. I had great natural ability. I worked out hard. All of those things. Every RB is different and I just think I tried to perfect my own style. I know I had to do it on quickness and speed and some strength here and there.
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