Where were you when Barry Sanders rushed for 2,000 yards?

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on June 2, 2011 – 10:59 am

Detroit Lions against the New York Jets at the Pontiac Silverdome, December 21, 1997. Barry Sanders needed 131 yards to reach 2,000.

It is one of the most memorable Detroit Lions’ games in recent history according to fans.

Where were you? What moment do you remember most?

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182 Responses to “Where were you when Barry Sanders rushed for 2,000 yards?”

  1. By Darcey Fitrakis on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    i was sitting in the living room with my mom, dad and hubby!

  2. By Smitty on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    At the game!!!!!! Best game ever! I remember it was so doggone loud, the refs warned the Silverdome crowd to be quiet or they were gonna penalize the Lions…Yeah like THAT REALLY WORKED!!!!!!!

  3. By F on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching the game in Delray Beach, Fl. First year with satalite at the house. Calling my friend in Detroit, telling hin to send every news paper he could.

  4. By David on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Two most vivid memories were not even of Barrys game. Reggie Brown got his spinal cord injury and was down on the field for a long time. Also the refs warned the crowd that if they didnt quite down the home team would be charged a time-out. Neil O’Donnell was the NYJ QB and when he went to complain the refs about the noise the ref threw a flag. The crowd was booing until the ref called delay of game on NY and the crowd went nuts

  5. By Bryan Elizalde on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game. My dad and a bunch of his work buddies decided to get tickets and it was my first Detroit Lions game. I was 9 at the time and never been to Detroit. So when we got there I couldnt believe my eyes, this place was fricking huge. The only thing I didnt like was the fact our seats were way up in the Silverdome and I do not like heights and going up and going down every time was a fright. But I remember him breaking the record cause our seats were by one of the videoboards at the Stadium.

  6. By Jordan on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at my dad’s in farmington hills watching it on the big screen tv.

  7. By Jeremy on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home watching the game. I remember right before that happened Reggie Brown suffered his career-ending neck injury. After that Barry Sanders and Lions just took their play and game to the next level. Barry broke down the right sideline and broke the 2,000 yd marker. Epic moment in Detroit Lions history.

  8. By grant on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    at home

  9. By MRadlick on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was a 9 year old, at the game. The Silverdome ERUPTED. It was literally like being in the middle of a thunderstorm for about ten minutes. I just remember thinking how special it was to see people react that way…Thanks Barry!

  10. By Kyle on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was actually at that game. Neil O’Donnell was whining like a little girl because the crowd noise was absolutely deafening. With Reggie Brown’s short career also ending in this game, it was bittersweet watching Barry break 2,000 yards, but still a moment that I’ll never forget.

  11. By Nicole Westrick on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Row 14
    So loud, you could not even hear yourself think!

  12. By Scott Abraham on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    at the dome the place went wild. that silverdome just oozed football. I also remember that game as the game Reggie Brown got injured.

  13. By Judge Smails on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game, but I ate a bad hotdog, so I was literally on the toilet at the Dome when I heard the crowd go crazy…

    At least I was there.

  14. By Sank on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the Silverdome with my sister. It was one of the best games I have ever seen. The stadium was so loud!! I think we got hit with a 15 yard penalty due to the crowd noise haha. Barry Sanders 2000 yard run + Playoff Berth= Mayhem. I hope we can witness something like this at Forld Field in the near future. GO LIONS!

  15. By Jeff Chase on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Standing with my son John telling him we were a part of NFL history. He was 7 years old. He’s 20 now and we still talk about that day.

  16. By Joel on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game. The only Lions game I have been to. I remember Herman Moore running off the field to get help when Reggie Brown went down. Also I remember being hoarse for several days afterward.

  17. By Phillip on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Yes I do remember….I believe i watched it on T.V….I think it was a Night Game ?…..Any way….was that the Night that Wayne Font es, lit up his Cigar..and talked about making it to the Play -offs ?..After the Game ?…Barry was so Great to Watch…Many found memories…went to many many Home Games at the Silverdome… i also remember The Big home Win in the Play offs against the Dallas Coyboys……..The Lions are going to have a Great Team..in 2011…Play offs here we come !!!!

    Lions Fan forever !!!!

  18. By steven on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was working at the Hickory Farms kiosk at the local mall. A friend of mine at the music store and I walked down to Radio Shack where they had the game on one of the TVs. We high-fived when he made it and then went back to work. Proud to be a Lions fan on that day.

  19. By Ronald Landon on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was in the crowd at the Silverdome

  20. By Micky Frank on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Was at the game when Barry went over 2000 yards for the season and remember that you could feel the dome shaking because the crowd was going that crazy. What a great game and a great piece of Lions history. Have my ticket stub from the game professionally framed with the cover of the following days Detroit News!

  21. By Jesse on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    11 years old in Millgrove, Ontario, Canada watching on TV in our living room with my dad.

  22. By Jokeray on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was on leave from the Air Force, had just finished up my tour at Hill AFB, Utah, before heading to Osan Air Base, Korea, and was on leave, headed to Michigan. Stopped by an old friends house(Bears fan), and watched the game at his house. Was happy that Barry 2K, but was also scared for Reggie Browns life as he lie motionless on the field. Definitely a day of mixed emotions.


  23. By Dennis Collins on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was on the thirty yard line. The loudest game I ever attended. NY got two delay of game penalties because of the noise. But it was a scary day because we almost lot Reggie Brown right there on the turf.

  24. By Juan Jimenez on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    i was at da game watchin from the stands! some jets fans even got kicked out i remember. that was a great day cuz my family and i were able to witness history bein made by the all time great lions rb barry sanders!

  25. By James Bucholtz on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was visiting my girlfriend’s family out in San Francisco for the holidays. No one in her family watches TV, except for her grandfather, who I had never met, but I knew he was a football fan, so we went to his house.

    I remember Barry being held in check for most of the game, then he broke one free that put him over the 2k mark. I was jumping up and down all over this poor man’s house, screaming and running around like a complete idiot.

    We became great friends after that.

  26. By Larry on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at that rockin’ Silverdome! I’d never heard it louder than it was that day. And it was eerily quiet when Reggie Brown went down…

  27. By ANDY TABOR on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    HELL YEAH i was there actually was working in one of the vendor booths for my soccer team. and barely made it out to see but one hell of a game.

  28. By David Grimwood on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was in the last week of boot camp in Great Lakes, IL.

  29. By Gary Gardner on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Watched every play that year because Berry was always one play away from going all the way from anyplace on the field. The thrill watching him was something I’m hoping for again soon. The 2011 team ( if the seasons played is the most exciting we have had to look froward to is years… GO LIONS!!!

  30. By Jezza on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was there! The greatest game I have ever been to.

  31. By Ben on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    i was 11 years old and going nuts in my living room! i remember it like it was yesterday! the most prolific back to ever step foot on thew field! there is not a moment in Lions history that tops this!

  32. By Eric on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home in Little Rock, AR wishing that I was at the game.

  33. By jim on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at my home in IN. had just bought the new small satellite dish for $1200 so I could watch the game on NFL Sunday ticket. Even though now you get them for free for subscribing it was still worth it. Watching him finally break the one that broke the record was typical Barry! I was actually on call for work and didn’t respond when they called or paged.

  34. By Ed on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Best sporting event I’ve ever attended – bar none! So loud. Great time with a great group of friends. I remember watching local news following the game. I think it was Robert Porcher who was interviewed and said he could feel the astro turf actually vibrating on his cleats due to crowd noise. Game had everything – horrible injury to Reggie Brown, Barry’s 2,000 yards and the Lions clinched a playoff spot. What a wild ride of emotions. Great atmosphere. Great memory.

  35. By Nick Villarreal on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was 7 years old watching the game with my dad. I was a Barry nut even at that age, I remember when he hit 2,000 yards, then busted that 53 yard run on the next play, we were going nuts! Haha.

  36. By Nick on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was there, lower bowl behind the jets sideline. That game was so loud and so intense. Lions made the playoffs and Barry got his 2000 yards. Sadly Ford field has never been that loud or intense since.

  37. By Hamadybrother on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Row 36 Section 130 Seat 22 … Barry was electric.

  38. By Mike Stewart on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Glued to my TV in Kingston, Ontario waiting for him to break a long one…which he finally did. Barry deserved that individual milestone more than anyone in pro sports because of everything the Lions put him through. Still brings tears to my eyes thinking about him getting carried off the field by his Olinemen.
    Reggie Brown broke his neck that game too. So many emotions in one game. Been awhile since Lions fans have felt like that.

  39. By AOsMuffin on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game. Just moved from San Diego to Detroit. From that moment on I was a die hard Lions fan!!!!

  40. By let there be football on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Was sitting on the glass in the main event for this game . Tim Allen came in just before half time and Bob Seger came in all drunk and lost his wallet .

  41. By LionFan4Eva on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I can remember this game as if it just happened. I was a young Corporal in the Marines stationed in Japan and was on mess duty at the chow. The game was on during breakfast since Japan is 14 yours ahead. The best part of that sequence was that right after Barry hit the 2,000 yard mark and was only over by a yard or two, the very next play they gave it right back to him on a 3rd and 7 and he rattlled off another 20 yards or so for good measure. How many teams had the luxury of running on 3rd and long late in the game and have a legtimate shot at getting the first down? He really was an amazing player.

  42. By Mike on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching at home and I remember jumping up and down when he passed the 2000 yard mark 2053 to be exact!!!

  43. By Dave on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was 8 at the time and I remember the Reggie Brown injury more than Barry going over 2000 yards, but it was an awesome game…this will be one of the most memorable games in Lions history (still waiting for that appearance and victory in the Super Bowl)

  44. By David on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I WAS THERE. Nosebleed seats, with my dad. Loudest game ever. Remember when Vinny Testeverde was penalized for delay of game because it was so loud his own center couldn’t hear him call hike? Quietest game ever, player prayer circles for Reggie, the ambulance on the field. And lest we forget, last game of the season, and for both teams it was win or go home for a playoff berth!! Oh yeah, and Barry….

  45. By Richard A. Heyman on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    IMy brother and I tried to make every home game Barry played in, because at that time in Lion’s history “BARRY” was the chant that roared through seats, bleachers, private suites and the press boxes. “Barry”, “Barry”, “Barry” was the continuous chant, because we all knew we were watching something that would only happen rarely in any sport. That was a true, super star achieving greatness without any hype, pretense, or showboating. Watching Barry was one of the great experiences of our lives. I hope the Lions get off their dead asses and erect a bronze statue of Barry in the entranceway of Ford Field. Of course, Barry won’t want such recognition, because that’s Barry, the greatest running back of all time. I’d also have that huge picture of him running that was painted on the side of one of the buildings by Ford Field re-painted. The only thing I missed was the opportunity to watch him set the new rushing record. He easily could have hit 20,000 and put the record out of reach forever. But, being Barry he retired instead, that’s what made him so great!

  46. By Dave Johnson on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game! End zone seats. I remember that game well, because it was both the height of elation and the depth of serious despair. Barry passed 2,000 yards, but later Reggie Brown was paralyzed. I remember myself, lots of fans, and lots of players praying, and reflecting on how amazing that was–both the heights and the depths. An amazing experience!

  47. By Paul on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game with my family. It was amazing. My Dad, Stepmom, sisters, brother and I got to see it happen live. It was so loud when he got it.

  48. By LanceManly on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching the game on television.

    The announcers made the game “great” in two ways.

    First; Eric Dickerson was at the game and doing a sideline interview in the 3rd quarter when Barry had about 40 yrds or so… with Eric’s back to the field; right when Eric said; “It doesn’t look like Barry is going to get …” at that exact moment Barry was seen blazing behind Eric running for a huge 30+ yard gain!

    Step aside Eric; the man is running!

    Second; Barry Sanders had 2,000 yrds exactly, on a 3rd down play under 2 minutes to go in the game on Detroit’s 47 yrd line; the announcer said; “I wouldn’t give the ball to Barry, because a one yard loss would lose his 2,000 yard season”… next play… Barry up the middle 53 yrds TOUCHDOWN. Announcer; “I guess that is why I am not the coach.” Yeah! Ya think!

    Side note; Barry only gained 53 yrds in first two games; and 2,000 yrds in last 14; making him and O.J. Simpson the ONLY two backs to ever rush for 2,000 yards in 14 games! 14 Straight 100+ yard games also a record todate!

  49. By John...lions 4ever on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was in my mom and dad’s basement recording the game on VHS.

  50. By Richard Wicker on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home in Chicago, IL, Yes Im a die hard LIONS Fan…Anyway I rember all the hype befor the game, so I told my wife Im going to record it, glad I did still have it on VHS….Love ya Barry….

  51. By Danny on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    At my friends house. A lot of negative memories stand-out, but I’ll go positive. When we beat the Rams in 99 to go to 6-2, we were arguable the best team in the NFC at that point. It was all down hill from there….

  52. By Bernie Diffin on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was jumping up and down on my couch in my apartment, downtown Tucson Arizona. I remember after he went over 2000 I was worried that he might be stopped for a loss on the next play and go back bellow 2000 but then he just broke a 48 yard run. I think I scared my neighbors at that point.

  53. By Michael Heffner on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was in Brooklyn, NY…..Miss you Barry <3

  54. By nez on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    we were driving to brownvilles tx. to spend christmas with in-laws. we just pass texas state line and we were listen to it on the radio.

  55. By Michal Robinson on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I wasIn Oshkosh, WI. Waching the game. Oh I renember Barry getting the 2000 yards very well. It was awesome. But the player got hurt stiuck put in my mind. I will never forget that. Barry is the very best

  56. By Griz on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at my uncles. My dad and I would go over there often to watch the important games with family. I remember Reggie Brown suffered a spinal injury that ended his short career. The announcers kept talking about the bad arua these two teams have with players suffering career ending injuries when playing each other. The recall the game being Detroits only shot at a Wild Card Playoff, which they got, and routinely lost. However, Barry Sanders 2,053 yrd feat. was what stood out most about that game. What can I say — the guy was my hero. I didn’t just want to be like him, I wanted to be him. I actually asked God to make me 5’8” just like him. Guess what? I’m 5’8! Only a 160lbs though, and nowhere near the talent. DAMN! I knew I shoulda kept praying.

  57. By Mike on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Section 101, row 37, seat 21. I’ll never forget !

  58. By zoomzoom9 on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game with my grandparents at the age of 15 — made me a Lions fan for life!!

  59. By Buddy on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was in the End Zone, about halfway back in the lower tier. I was only 15, but it was the most incredible day of my life. I remember the crowd being so loud that day the concrete below my feet vibrated so hard that my eyes couldn’t physically focus on any 1 thing. Blurred vision due to crown noise has to be a the best feeling in sports!

  60. By corey aukerman on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    i bought ticket for my dad and i for a xmas gift it was so loud u couldnt talk to the guy next to you,,,when reggie went down u could hear a pin drop. i remeber kevin glover running out of the tunnle with the strecher on wheels and rushing to his aid,,,i also remember barry breaking that big 53 yarder to end the game and it was pure magic as the crowd chanted barry barry barry..something ill never forget still have the ticket stub and program never to leave my hands

  61. By Dan K on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was @ the game. I was a season ticket holder back then and I am still.
    a true Lion fan. some times i wonder why

  62. By Tammy on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home watching the game with my family. I loved Barry Sanders! He was such a great player! It was fun watching him play and he made the Lions my second favorite team, behind the Packers who will always be number 1 in my heart! He was not only a great player but also a great man. I was very disappointed with the Lions managemant when they wouldn’t let Barry go play for another team. After all he had done for the Lions they could have done a little something for him. Too bad the league lost such a great player…

  63. By BrianW on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching the game via Directv’s Sunday Ticket. I moved to Wisconsin the year Barry got drafted, and watched every single Lions game since maybe 1993 or so. I remember it was later in the game when Barry just got over the 2000 mark. Then later he busted a big one and it still gives me chills to think about it. He came up huge when the Lions needed it most: it was win or go home! Whoever won that game would go the playoffs in their respective conference. I’ll never forget it-

  64. By james t on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game! It was my first game i ever attended. What made even better was the night before the game I stayed in the same hotel as the Lions! They all came into the lobby and hung out. i was lucky enough to grt Barry’s autograph twice!

  65. By Brad on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was standing in the endzone (tunnel end)……..Thanks for the memories. I am going to go break out the VHS copy I have of that game. How about Westbrook’s interception in the endzone? Good stuff

  66. By Dan P on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the Silverdome with four of my buddies the place was rockin’ like never before.Barry going for 2000 yds. Lions battling for a playoff spot best Lion experience I have ever had ! Barry and the team got it done. The only downside was the injury to Reggie Brown which silenced the crowd. Thank You Barry Sanders the most exciting player to ever play the game!

  67. By chris schaum on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching the game in New York, with 3 Jets fans…… needless to say, it was a great night!

  68. By Austin Sall on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I wasnt 1 quiet yet, but still prolly watching football bc i love it so much!

  69. By Michael on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game. My uncle was visiting from Greece so I thought it would be great to let him experience “American Football.” What an umbelievable game he got to see. The swing of emotions, from Barry breaking 2000, to Reggie Brown being paralyzed. He didn’t know the rules of the game, but he loved every minute of it. He knew something special had just happened and he was chanting Barry, Barry, Barry with the rest of the crowd, and he didn’t even speak a word of english. He said it was one of the best sports experiences of his life and it was for sure one of mine.

  70. By Dave Satterlee on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah he was a fantastic player, but ………….he quit…….sorry but that’s my opinion

  71. By Bill on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    With my wife watching on TV in upstate N.Y.
    Been a LIONS fan at age 14 , I’m now 53..
    Yes there are alot of lions fans here in N.Y.
    I know of at least 8 that just around me, and I live in a small town..

  72. By Robert Sharp on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Club Level 212 with Peter and Lance Correia, and Robert Vozza. Besides the W and Barry getting carried off the field after rushing for 180+ yards and scoring the winning TD in the 4th quarter that game , it was loudest the Silverdome has ever been, and I would have a hard time believing that any crowd has ever been louder. I remember not being able to hear anything but a buzz in my ears….it was incredible.

    However, it was also the quietest the Silverdome has ever been with 80,000 fans in it. I remember Johnny Morton running into the tunnel to help the MD’s get onto the field after Reggie Brown Broke his neck. Two lions were pushing the ambulance stretcher onto the field. It was surreal to say the least. Dead silence!! almost a 30 minute delay before they took Reggie off.

    Best game I’ve ever experienced, very fortunate to have been there. Thank you Heather, Peter, and Lance Correia. Brilliant

  73. By andrew brozenec on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    i was at the game with some friends, anyone who was at the game remember a 15 yard penalty being called on the crowd for being too loud

  74. By Kevin on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    He is the best!!! Go Barry Go!

  75. By Kevin on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    and of course go LIONS go :D

  76. By Hero on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    That had to rank as one of the best games I’ve seen in my lifetime. I saw it at home (Toronto, Canada….LIONS FOREVER) Erik Dickerson was at the game and they showed Barry’s Dad (who I still believe stated that Jim Brown was the best running back ever). I remember the quiet in the stadium when Reggie made that tackle that ended his career (neck injury…..he would have been a star). For some reason the funniest thing I seem to remember was that after Barry broke 2k….didn’t he run for a loss right after? He got 2001 yards and all the hoopla, but then he ran for a 2yrd loss. Even the announcers laughed. I remember the call that pretty much won the game if memory served. Wasn’t it a 4th and like 4 or 5 and they called a halfback draw? Barry ran it all the way to almost the goal line and that sealed the deal for the playoffs, Barry’s record, etc. The home opener the next year had Reggie Brown walking on the field on his own power (never to play again). I felt even better when I saw him do that.
    GO LIONS GO!! (was pretty young at the time so I apologize if I missed something)

  77. By Greg on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Aussie Detroit Lions Fan here and luckily the game was showing live on channel 2 (abc) at 3 in the morning. Was Awsome! And remember after he got his 2000 yards, the coach wanted him off the field but he had none of it and stayed out there for another 80 more yards or so. Barry Sanders got me interested in NFL in 1989, I’ve never looked back or barricked for another team since. GO LIONS!

  78. By Greg on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    ….well maybe not another 80 more yards or so, but I remember they wanted him off but he said nah! =)

  79. By Scott on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was in Hawaii for the Aloha bowl to see Michigan State play. It was the only Lions game I missed in years. Figures.

  80. By Frank L on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at ther game with a bunch of friends . we sat down by the lionsnear the 40 and witnessed the regggie brown injury . I thought Barry had to be coaxed back into the game to rush for more yardage . This guy was a class act for the Lions . Just think of all the bad offensive lines he had blocking for him. He was better that Jim Brown and you notice most of the running backs just give the ball to the refferee now like Barry did

  81. By lionnuts on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    DAVE: The Lions organization at the time screwed Barry, he didn’t quit.

  82. By Mike on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    At the game with my son…something to remember!

  83. By BJ Fischer on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I will absolutely never forget that. The very second Barry Sanders went over 2,000 yards was when my soon took his first step.

  84. By Eric on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Section 340 Row 8, Seat 8

    I remember him breaking 2,000 on a short run, taking a loss and then smashing it on the next carry. It was a game full of emotional swings but the blue and silver waived and we all stood and cheered the brave…

  85. By Todd Brinza on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching at home and wishing I was at the game! Barry was the greatest ever! Slightly different subject…does anyone remember the MNF opening segment on Halloween when ABC had the little kid dressed up like Barry Sanders cutting through the neighborhood kids who were also Trick or Treating? The kid had moves just like Barry…only a mini version. I would love to watch that again if anyone knows where to find it on line…

  86. By Dave on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game and the Reggie Brown incident sticks out with me the most. When they were out in the field attending to him, the crowd was silent, but then the jerk sitting next to me yelled, “c’mon, let’s get the game going”. I yelled at him to shut up and sit down, and we kind of got into it until my wife broke it up. He was such a classless jerk.

  87. By Andrew on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home watching the game. I was saddened that Reggie Brown’s career was finished too soon, but the “Jungle Kings” finished on a positive note. I loved it when Barry became the NFL rusher and won the title back-to-back seasons. The winning touchdown was the highlight of the game. That was the best Christmas present he gave the Lions and the fans(me too).

  88. By Darren on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game!!! That was an amazing day. That was the last game before we became season ticket holders. We’ve been there holding down the end zone ever since. Go Lions. Forward down the field…

  89. By Tom Bayones on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    At the game with my son. Most vivid memory was Herman Moore sprinting to the far end of the Silverdome when Reggie Brown got hurt. Also the crowd was INSANE!! Barry of course was electric. A little known tidbit about that game, a little while after Reggie got hurt a man sitting behind the Lions bench suffered a heart attack and passed away. A very bittersweet day at the old dome.

  90. By lionnuts on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t remeber what I was doing. I know I was in Colorado. I do remeber being back in Michigan visiting my parents when the Saginaw News front page said Barry announced his retirement. I BLAME BOBBY ROSS! HE WAS A JACK-ASS!!!

  91. By Lion Fan 9 on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was there at the game yelling and screaming like 80,000 other fans, it was one of the best moments in Lions history. It didn’t last long though, as Reggie Brown was terrible injured shortly after

  92. By Todd on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was in a bar in Crested Butte, CO. I was the only one yelling and screaming when he broke the record and the 53-yarder on the next play!!!

  93. By doug on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    i was watching game on tv
    i remember he had 2000
    then he broke for a big gain
    i miss watching play

  94. By Don G. on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game 3 or 4 rows behind the Jets bench with two buddies of mine. Will never for get when Barry broke off that 50 + yard run to go over the 2000 yard mark!

  95. By DaveKan on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching the game with my brother and Dad in Littleton, Colorado…Truly one of the great moments in Lions history!

  96. By guy hanson on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Watching it happen…

  97. By Jim Fuller on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was getting ready to retire from the U.S. Army in three days when a friend called me up and said he had three tickets for that game. So we went to the game, took my son with us. We were sitting on the club level right next next to that restaurant, don’t remember the name. What I do remember was how loud that place was, how excited my son was to be there and how excited I was to be experiencing history in the making.Having been to several LIons games in my life, I can say this was without the most exciting game I had ever been to.I thank my friend for giving that to me and allowing me to share it with my son.

  98. By laturk on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at that game, Watching The (Best Running Back) in Football !!!!!

  99. By Lil' Palmer on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Yes sir ree bob I was there. December 21, 1997, 4pm game at the Silverdome, Sitting in section 314, row 27, seat 18 while me Big Brutha Numphsee was in seat 19. I still have the tickets and the Kickoff Playbook from it. Framed. For those that know the silverdome seating plan, this was in the south end zone. I saw the WHOLE thing develop and as soon as Barry got the ball I knew he was going to get the two yards he needed. Then, the very next play, he hit a big one for another 53 yards. I also recall that this was the same game of the controversial Bryant Westbrook bobbled end zone interception and the Reggie Brown tragedy when he broke his neck and almost died on the field.

  100. By Lance C on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Twas a great and strange day to say the least. I still have the front of the Free Press from the day after the game (headline: “barry christmas”) on my basement wall. One of two or three times that I shed tears at a sporting event. A beautiful afternoon in the company of my boyz, and one of my favorite events of all time, a short distance behind the 1987 Rose Bowl. Thanks for sharing, Sir Sharp. It took me right back to silverdome sec 212 row 4…

  101. By Eric on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game! It was one of the best games besides what happened to Reggie Brown. It was loud and very memorable (I sat in sec 123 row 23 at the Silverdome). This was my first year of season tickets and still have them.

  102. By david kurtz on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    i was off that sunday , so at home with the tv on beer in hand . i will always rember barry not only as the greatest lion , but as one of the games great gentlemen. wish the lions could find snother like him.

  103. By John on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    Was at the game with brother and friend, drove five hours from Erie, PA to see it live after learning if they won they’d qualify for playoffs. Best Lions game I ever witnessed. Memorable was Barry being carried off the field on his teamates shoulders after securing 2000. Every Lion’s offensive snap was a run from halfway through the 3rd quarter to the end, eventually he busted through. Reggie’s injury was low point. Hopefully today’s team can see how fired up we fans get when they play well.

  104. By Bennie Rich on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was a 17-year-old junior in high school. I remember we went to my grandma’s house at halftime. I’m the only Lions fan in my family, the rest are either Bears or Colts, but they all loved Barry and were happy for him. I was standing about 3-4 feet from the T.V. in my grandma’s living room, hands on knees, and I remember him gaining 1 or 2 yards to just reach 2,000 , then he broke that 50+ yarder to inside the 10, sealing the game and a playoff spot. Then they carried him off the field. The Lions need more moments like that.

  105. By Sean on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game, and remember it was the quietest and loudest game ever. When Brown went down you could hear a pin drop and when Barry was going on a run you couldn’t hear yourself think. It was amazing and one of the best moments in sports for me.

  106. By John P. on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    My brothers and i was at that game it was the wildest game i have ever seen. Reggie Brown almost died and the silverdome was the really quiet you could hear a pin drop when that happen. Then when Barry went over 2,000 yards you could not hear yourself talk. It was the wildest thing I have ever seen or been a part of it was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  107. By Frontrow on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game AND I can prove it because I made the Lions season video. Remember when the Lions used to send season ticket holders a “free”, end of the year VHS. It shows me celebrating right after the run that took Barry over 2000.
    BTW, I was upstaged by my buddy who I had brought along for the ride!

    BAR-RY BAR-Ry!

    I loved the Silverdome!

  108. By tonna on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game with my son who is now 17. We had season tickets and watched the whole season unfold to give barry the opportunity. I am pretty sure that was the game reggie brown injured his neck and I thought that took away from a moment that was one of the caps on a great career. I loved that barry never celebrated when he got a touchdown. I still point that out to my son when it comes up. We were just talking about this game today, and then I get home and see the email in my inbox. Had to respond. We will always remember that time together and barry made it special. Thank you for you demeanor and continuous effort barry. I wish you would have gone a few more years, and I wish we still had wayne fontes instead of Ross.Think about it, fontes is the best coach in my lifetime that the lions have had. Many fans whined and I thought it was stupid. We went to the playoffs every year, now look at the process we have gone through.

  109. By Kevin on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home watching the game. I recorded it on VHS. I still have the tape. I’m a little geeky about Barry.

  110. By Syed Aamir Rizvi on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I had moved to Georgia that year from Flint. Watched that game while making some BBQ chicken outside watching it through the window. I remember the end zone interception by us which in these days would have been nullified with replay.

  111. By Phil on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at my uncle’s house in Alpena. I sat 3 feet from the tv the entire game. And when Barry broke off that long run to go over the 2000 mark I jumped up and was screaming and jumping up and down right in front of the tv. Everybody else in the room got mad because they couldn’t see. I didn’t care though. Barry was one of my biggest idols and to me it was the best Lions moment of my lifetime. I was 17. Time to make the new BEST moment in 2011-12. Go Lions!!!

  112. By Denny Holicki on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was there at the game with my two sons, brothers, brother-in-laws, and friends. It was by far the most exciting and loudest game I have ever been to. It was nuts. It was so loud I would scream to by brother next to me and he couldn’t hear what I was saying. It was a blast. Everybody was worked up into a frenzy. When people start talking about an exciting sporting event I usually bring up this game. I really can’t imagine anything topping this game for pure fun and excitement.

  113. By scotter on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at my parents house watching the game…The thing I remember the most about that game is the 50 yard run the play after he got 2000 yards, he was the greatest!!

  114. By Ray on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was watching the game on T.V. My favorite player. I remember he also set the record for most consecutive 100 yard games (14) in a row.

  115. By Marcus on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was sitting in the bleachers sipping on one of those $5 chocolate shakes from Big Boy.

  116. By Travis on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was sitting in the nose bleed section at The Pontiac Silverdome. Love the 2 yard run to get him to 2,000. Love the following 53 yard carry that left no doubt that Barry is arguably the best back to ever ace up a pair on spire.

  117. By Gary on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at home (Murray,Ky.) watching the game with my brother, I can not tell you what the Lions mean so much to me. I started waching them with my Grandfather when I was a little kid, he has since past on but put the love of the game in me is so deep, I cryed when Barry Sanders got into the hall of fame. Barry Sanders was the best running back to date . I am still wating to tell all my friends I told you so, one of these days they are going to get the big win and I think it might be coming soon GO LIONS!!!!!!!

  118. By Joe Pieller on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I remember it like it was yesterday. Being from Pennsylvania it was hard back in those days to see certain teams. I anxiously awaited “gamebreaks” to see if it was Barry breaking a big run (or someone’s ankles)!Of course that game was nationally televised so I was parked inches in front of my tv screen hoping and praying it would happen! he was pretty much held in check for the early part of the game, but every faithful Barry Sanders fan knew he would eventually shake and bake his way to 2000!! It was awesome and i remember streaking through the house in pure happiness!! In my eyes, he is the best ever and will always be! I am and always will be Barry’s biggest fan and i cried when i heard he was retiring. ten years of watching him play was amazing, but i could have watched him play into his 50′s hahaha!!! Can’t wait to pass on my huge collection of Barry Sanders memorabilia to my 2 year old son who never got the enjoyment of watching him play! He will be educated properly on who the best running back of all time is!! Thanks to Barry Sanders for all the great memories!!! biggest fan in PA

  119. By Charles Elliott on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    had just retire from the U S Marine Corps that year and went home and brought season ticket for that year and was at tht game, the Crowd was very loud that game and the Ref we going penlize the team because of the crowed. also remeber the QB from the jsts stated he coul;d not get his play off because of the crowd and the red told him to play or else very good game

  120. By Bryan on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the Pontiac Silverdome on the Lions 7 yard line 15 rows up from the field. One of the most exciting games Lions games I have ever been to. I cannot begin to claim one game as my favortie though. Lions defeating the Cowboys at the Silverdome in the playoffs was a huge one. Monday night at the Dome vs the Raiders and Bo Jackson was a great game. The greatest comeback in Lions history vs the Vikings in the last 6 and half minutes. So many great memories of being at Lions games with my parents, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and friends!!!

  121. By Jimbo on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    been a season ticket since Barry’s second year 1990, that game was so much fun, when he got to 2000 a play next he lost yardage,typical Barry but the next play he ran for about 15. it was so cool with him ending up with 2053 and the picture of him and Kevin Glover was a classic

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  123. By Dave on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    wouldn’t surprise me lionnut, thanks

  124. By Randy Kubat on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    I was in the club level sec. 220 with my father,fathers friend , Sister had a great day for all of us to see history in the making. We have been in the good yrs the 90′s and the the bad yrs. we have had tks. for 46 yrs since 1965 just as the first super bowl started. will always be a lions fan, I would like to thank all of the coaches, upper management, to Mr. ford for keeping faith in the for all the hard work the Detroit Lions players put in each yr. Just get the season started please. Coach good luck on F/A’s pick ups just like last yr.

    Thank you again,

    Randy Kubat

  125. By J.C.Molynx on Jun 3, 2011 | Reply

    i was half- way done with my senior year of highschool….Belgrade, Montana lions fan for life….

  126. By Tim (from Pontiac) on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I won tickets to the game and a Scott Mitchel jersey on a local sports radio show WDFN great game sitting next to me were a couple of jett fans I gave then a pretty hard time it was a fun game Barry is the man 2000 yards Barry Barry Barry

  127. By David Dow on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was in the stands with my brother Mike, the game felt like a Thanksgiving day game, the excitement was awesome, with the lone exception being Reggie Browns injury, however I will never forget that last run of his, 2nd and 8 and he busts one for 53 yards that sealed our win and playoff spot. Detroit LIONS fan for life.

  128. By Steve on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    My wife and I were at the game, it was so much fun. Our seats were 6 rows from the top. It was the first game she saw live, we still go every chance we can.
    GO LIONS!!!

  129. By Jon on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Unfortunately I was working and didn’t get to see it. For me the best game in my lifetime was Detroit at Dallas on Monday night week 3, 1994. For those of you who have never seen it, it was one of the best Lions games ever. Dallas was the reigning Super Bowl champs and were on their way to a second consecutive title. The Lions were serious underdogs going in and everyone was talking about Emmit Smith. Not only did Barry completely show him up, but the entire Lions team played like world champs that night. From Barry’s 194 yards on 40 carries. to Chris Speilman’s mid-air collision with Emmit Smith to stop a Dallas touch-down, to Aikman’s forced fumble to set Hanson up with the game winning O.T. field goal it was the best Lions game I ever watched. NO ONE COULD HAVE BEAT THE LIONS THAT NIGHT, AND BARRY SHOWED THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WHO THE BETTER RUNNING BACK WAS!

  130. By Brian Filoozf on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game with my Dad and brother inl aw Mike M. We were very fortunate to know a field security guard who alowed us to come down for the pre-game warm ups. You could feel the excitmeant brewing and Barry had the look in his eyes during warm ups that you knew he was in “In the Zone”…he always took the field so humble and wasnt one for the spotlight. But on this day he was the Star. I will never forget the way the Silverdome exploded with fans cherring ones he broke the 2000 yard mark. This goes down as one of the BEST Lions games ever, right there with the Playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. I only hope we get back this atmosphere at Ford Field, Detroit is a BIG TIME Football town. The fans are waitting and ready for that same excitmeant of the 90′s we all enjoyed. Player and owners PLEASE get it togeher 2011 can be a special year…I feel the electricty in the air…LETS GET BACK TO WORK…

  131. By Brian Filozof on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game with my Dad and brother inl aw Mike M. We were very fortunate to know a field security guard who alowed us to come down for the pre-game warm ups. You could feel the excitmeant brewing and Barry had the look in his eyes during warm ups that you knew he was in “In the Zone”…he always took the field so humble and wasnt one for the spotlight. But on this day he was the Star. I will never forget the way the Silverdome exploded with fans cherring when he broke the 2000 yard mark. This goes down as one of the BEST Lions games ever, right there with the Playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. I only hope we get back this atmosphere at Ford Field, Detroit is a BIG TIME Football town. The fans are waitting and ready for that same excitmeant of the 90′s we all enjoyed. Players and owners PLEASE get it togeher 2011 can be a special year…I feel the electricty in the air…LETS GET BACK TO WORK…

  132. By Jim Swan on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the Silverdome with my wife. We knew we had seen one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game.

  133. By Gin form New Mexico on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was recovering in the Hospital from tonsillectomy, so I couldnt scream..but I was so full of joy in my heart and so content that I was able to watch this magnificent, classy, man play. My family ( brothers) were at my side.. what a site. I still tear today. I only wish he would have of had the team’s strenghth and talent to assist him then as we have today. He was and is the best! When I show family photo’s I include Barry’s memorabilia..
    Lions all the way!!

  134. By Kris S on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game one of the best memories of my life. To bad Reggie Brown got hurt that game. He was on his way to be a stud

  135. By Rich Lynn on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    In my 7th year as a Detroit Lion season ticket holder I was in row 16 Jets sideline 42 yard line closest to the player entrance. I was with my father Rick, my best friend from college Jeff (Michigan State), his brother Mike, his bothers son Justin, and their father Ross who had, and still has, season tickets since early 1960′s at Tiger Stadium. My father built a little shrine to this day using the game ticket and the next days Detroit News. Every time Barry touched the ball you got excited because he made even loss of yards plays fun to watch ( and he rarely had those). It was an awesome moment to get to see at the Silverdome. When I drive my daughter to soccer we pass the Silverdome and I can still picture that game and hear the fans BARRY! BARRY! BARRY! Truly a once in a lifetime player.

  136. By Steve Whtie on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    Me, my brother, and my dad were at the game about 7 rows from the top at the Silverdome. Reading all these other posts brings back great memories. I remember the chant BARRY-BARRY-BARRY. We all had white paper signs that read BARRY. I also remember it was the loudest game I’ve ever been to and Neil O’Donnell getting flagged for delay…hilarious! And of course losing Reggie Brown to the injury…I always thought he would’ve been one of the great ones if he hadn’t gotten hurt, he was awesome!

  137. By Bonnie Jordan on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was in Chicago wishing that I still worked at the Silverdome for Dome Parking to be there to see it in person! I love the Detroit Lions! No strike this year please-we have a strong team!

  138. By David in Thailand on Jun 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was in the endzone with my nephew going crazy.

  139. By Nate on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was 13 in Salt Lake City, UT. I pawned watching my little brother off on my sister so I could watch the game. The most memorable Lions game I have ever seen. I remember being very nervous when he sat at exactly 2,000 yards, and I was nervous that he would get a negative gain on the next play!

  140. By Peter Ross on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game.. The only Lions game I have been to in my life. The same game that Reggie Brown received his carreer ending injury.. Since I am the biggest Lions fan outside of Detroit (and one of the biggest in amongst Detroit Lions fans), I will never ever forget that game. It is something that I will tell my children one day…. I saw the best athelete that ever lived… meaning, Michael Jordan is the Barry Sanders of Basketball….. I saw him reach the penacle of his carreer.. And sadly, I was there to witness the end of another great career. It was a sad day yet a great day…

  141. By Shane on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was at my x-in -laws house north of Parma, Michigan, watching it while being with my first son who was a year and a month old. He will be twenty in a few months. I have never missed a game since 1983. I have been to nine lions games and have never seen them lose. Including the 5th game vs the vikings in 1993 where they were down 20-3 with under 5 minutes to go and came back to win in regulation time. I have never seen in my life that many things go right for a team with that much time left. Very, very awesome!!!!!! Barry and the boys were a fun team to watch in the early 90′s. I can not wait to see what this high octane team has in store for us for the next few years to come. I think we can see a championship on the horizon! GO DETROIT LIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  142. By Brian Silvernail on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was about 3 rows up or so in the right corner of the endzone. Wasn’t that the same game that the tragic neck injury took out our top draft-pick middle linebacker that was already starting in his first or second year and we all thought would be a pro-bowler soon? So tragic. I think he is walking and has a real life since then, but such a shame to miss out on what he prepared all his life up to that time to do. What I remember is we were playing the Jets. I had ridden down on a party bus, by myself as I had a brand new son and my wife hates football. So I went and had a great time. I remember the Jets with the previous jersey and helmet scheme were pretty good that year and had a good defense. Was Gastenaue about at the end of his career for them then? Anyway, they kept Barry bottled up to not too many yards until I don’t remember for sure, but I thought it was the 3rd quarter, maybe 4rth, when suddenly from our own about 20 yard line or even less, way across on the other side of the field from my location, Barry bounced off a couple guys running off tackle or so on the right side of the line I believe and the next thing you knew he was off to the races and they finally pushed him out of bounds very close to a touchdown right below where I was sitting and I don’t think I ever heard a louder crowd noise in my life being that it was 88,000 or more full and had a roof on top of it, the Silverdome literally felt like the air was shaking for nearly 10 minutes after that run. We were so proud of him and the team. But of course we screwed up by not being as committed to winning as I believe we are now under Schwartz and we also didn’t have the drafts we’ve had with Jim, nor did we go out and get the free agents and pay to get them, so like many of us since that year, until the last two, Barry gave up on the Lions and their management at the time and retired. I did literally cry when I hear about it. And when on the one New years eve a year or two later a rumor surfaced that Barry Sanders might be heading to Miami and the Dolphins and it played on the ticker tape on New York’s Time Square during Dick Clark’s New Year Celebration, I remember being so happy and elated just to believe there was a chance that we might all be able to see his talent again, even if for just a couple years. I believe he was in his prime and would have overtaken Brown, Smith, everyone and put a sizeable distance between himself and all of them if he actually continued to play as long as Smith did. Everyone says Smith was the greatest, but having watched Barry live 3 times and also every weekend practically from the time he was drafted to the time he retired there is no doubt in my mind that he was the most God-gifted natural eluder of tacklers and pure dodging bullets runner that ever did or will play the game which is why its so sad for me that he retired 5 years too early, and it threw the team into a tailspin that we have yet to recover from at all in about 13 years. Could you imagine him on this team now instead of that one. Or could you imagine him running behind the Hogs in Washington that spanked us twice that season we went to the NFC finals, and also the first game of the year when Barry got hurt? I’m not trying to downplay our linemen at the time because the people like Glover and the thumbs up guy that got paralyzed and then the other lineman that got killed if I remember correctly by a car when he went to get his mail or something like that? How tragic, but I have no fonder memories of football other than maybe the games I attended at MSU in 1983 my first year on campus attending college when George Perles, I believe in one of his first games, certainly his first game I believe against ND, pulled the win out of the hat with a short pass to Butch Rolle, who later that night I ran into at a party in Wilson Hall in its elevator. Being right on campus with athletes that were your age and seeing them excel and within a few games that year be in the top ten rankings after not really being there too much for me all my 18 years prior to then was absolutely spectacular! What a bunch of great times and great stories!

  143. By Daniel on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was only 14 and i remember it like it was yesterday, sitting home watching him. And also praying for the Lions play that got taken off on the stretcher.

  144. By Bob Weinert on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    At home watching it on TV. Barry was awesome. He has been the most exciting runningback in the history of the NFL. He makes defenders look silly. Detroit may not have won any Superbowls with Barry, but the Lions were always an exciting game when Barry was running the ball (Emmitt who).

    Barry was the man. No question. (Emmitt who?) Ha Ha

  145. By Kevin on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    i was at the game baby….. THE LOUDEST THE SILVERDOME HAS EVER BEEN…. i remember a few things, barry gettin carried off the field, reggie brown breakin his neck… the refs tellin the crowd to quiet down or we would get penalized for bein too loud… and the Lions clinching a playoff birth over Tuna and Keyshawn…. time to make room for some new ones…. GO LIONS!!! “MOTORCITY MALITIA”

  146. By lionnuts on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    Detroit: I like Mo-town Mow Down for the d-line nick-name. Came up with it a whlie back. But it won’t matter. The Lions will beat some teams this year. GO LIONS!!!!

  147. By Eric on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was at that game, and remember many different plays. I remember Reggie Brown going down, and how the players on the field panicked. The Jets were doing a good job holding Barry down at first, but he finally broke them. Barry had about a 1 yard run that put him right on the 2000 mark, and then the next play, he ripped off a 53 yard run. It was great game, and was like a playoff game as well because both teams needed to win to make it into the playoffs.

  148. By Matt T on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    sitting in the 20 yuard line in my season tickets, row 25. Lion’s sideline.
    To date the great NFL experience was to watch Barry run
    #2 watch Lions beat Dalls @ Silverdome in NFL playoff sending them to NFC finals in 1991

  149. By william erdman on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    At the game with 16 friends and I lost my voice for three days! Can say the best game I ever got to see at the Silverdome and there will never be another like Barry!

  150. By Aaron on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    I was sitting at home in Viola, IL watching the stinking Bears game, because they showed them that day instead of the Lions game!! So I had to watch those worthless sacks for gamebreaks, and FINALLY got the news he broke 2,000 yards!! What a season and what a career by one of the true class acts of this sport!! So many great memories watching him on Thanksgiving day and when the bears played away games, to free up the Lions games!! He left too early, but at the right time for him!!

  151. By Catman on Jun 5, 2011 | Reply

    With my son at the game it was so loud that it hurt the inside of your eardrums and Kevin Glover said you could feel the floor vibrate with the crowd noise
    it was awsome

  152. By cmd on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    Glued to the TV watching…never missed a lions game during Barry’s career because no matter the outcome of the game, you knew you were watching something very special and rare. Was a tremendous moment for all Lion’s fans and for the team!

  153. By DanM on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game and I remember one thought going through my head when Barry broke that fateful run, “It REALLY is so loud you can’t hear yourself think.” That game was the ultimate high and low of professional football–Barry Sanders surpassing 2000yds and Reggie Brown sustaining an injury players and fans fear most. The devastation and elation combined to make it by far the most memorable football game of my life.

  154. By Tim Devlin on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    We were in our old seats (at the Siverdome), and the talk all week was about “Could Barry do it, and will the Lions make the playoffs by beating the Jets?”.

    Earlier in the game, the injury to Reggie Brown set the roar to a murmor.
    When Barry broke the record, the noise throughout the Dome escalated to a roar, and the excitement boiled.

    However, moments later, when he broke away for the long run, everyone realized that he had cemented the the record with an exclamation point.
    More importantly, we were going to the playoffs! -The sound of the fans seemed to explode my eardrums (My ears rang for 3 days).

    It was one of the greatest games I have ever seen during my 17 years as a Lions season ticket holder.

  155. By Rick K on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    I was sitting in the living room watching barry run all over the jets. I believe i was….10 yrs old at the time.

  156. By Steve on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    At the game!!! The most exciting game I ever attended except for the 1991 playoff win over Dallas. The Reggie Brown injury was tragic…hopefully Barry’s performance cheered him up.

  157. By Lee F in England on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    At the time, I was living and working in Denver, and was watching the game on a big-screen TV and sitting at the bar of Champps Americana in Highlands Ranch, Colorado being served beer and food by Travis Kirshke’s younger brother. Travis was an UDFA DL for the Lions in 1997, and this dude was about the same size 6′ 2″ 300lbs. Good stories about his brother’s experience with the Lions that season. Nice guy, too. Great game, Barry ran wild, but so it was so heart-breaking with Reggie Brown’s career ending and nearly loss of his life – reminded me too much of Chuck Hughes dying on the field in 1971 against the Bears.

  158. By Corey Lions for life on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    I was 10 years old watching it in my living room with my mom and will never forget that day for the rest of my life. I remember he had a sub par first half and the announcers didn’t think he was gonna get the record.

  159. By Steve Dutt on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    My son and I were in our Season Ticket seats right behind the Lions bench. Even more importantly is that we were given the overhead pictures of the play where Barry went over 2,000 and many others by one ofthe coaches. We did this after every home game and they’re now a part of my Barry Sanders collection.

  160. By Erik Krueger on Jun 6, 2011 | Reply

    I was sitting in the lower level at around the Jets 40 yard line watching Barry run away from me to get the 2000. The most memorable part of the game was not watching Barry run for 2000, but watching Johnnie Morton run out of the locker room with a stretcher for Reggie Brown. It is the culmination of the Lions, something spectacular happening and something tragic in the same game.

  161. By David on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game. This was my first Lions/football game ever. I have never felt anything like it before. I remember the noise, the shaking of the building and the refs wanting the noise to calm down then as a result it just got louder. I miss Barry!!!

  162. By Eazy of Detroit on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game with family, and I remember it beening so loud taht you couldn’t hear yourself talking. then when Reggie Browns injury accurred it go so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. That game was filled with a lot of emotions

  163. By Mike Mazzoni on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I was a senior in college, watching the Lion on the NFL ticket. I still have the game on tape, it was an amazing day. Although I am from Detroit and have always been a big Lions fan, I grew up for many years in south Florida. I used to drive over to Tampa to see the Lions every year…I remember seeing Scott Mitchell throw a 92 yard TD pass to Brett Perriman. I did miss the game in Tampa where Barry broke the 80 and then 82 yard TD’s though….very sad. After a few years I moved to NY and I drove down to Baltimore with my little brother for the Lions-Ravens game, which ended up being Barry’s last game in the NFL. Very sad….when he didn’t show up for camp it was a sad day, but I respect that he was able to leave the game on his terms and I can understand how frustrated he must have been with being on mediocre teams year after year.

    I have a full-size Lions helmet signed by Barry and I still have a sign from a Monday night game that has “Go Barry” on one side, “Go Charlie (Batch)” on the other….

    I am very excited for the next several years, I think we are really putting something special together! I just hope we can keep Schwartz and the staff together, continuity will be extremely important now.

  164. By cheryl gregerson on Jun 7, 2011 | Reply

    I was 7 months pregnant with my last child in West Gardiner,Maine

  165. By Shaun Cvengros on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game. I was about 8 years old and went with my family. It was my second lionsgame I ever went too. Barry Sanders was my favorite football player and still is. Really wish he stayed in longer. Enjoyed watching that man play!!!!!!!

  166. By Rick DeClaire on Jun 8, 2011 | Reply

    I was sitting at the 42 yard line behind the Lions bench, in Row 5, Seat 2 with my oldest son Rick and my friend Gary in my season ticket holder seats. What I remember most about that season is that Barry bought his linemen Rolex watches. Besides being the best running back of all-time (he made All-Pros miss tackles every week), he was humble and so professional. I hate when players act like they just made the greatest play in history on every down.

  167. By Jared Weesner on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    I was home from college for Chritmas break. And a year to the day by son was born. Can’t get any better, lol

  168. By Jared Weesner on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    *correction*I was home from college for Christmas break. And a year to the day my son was born. Can’t get any better, lol

  169. By TomD on Jun 9, 2011 | Reply

    Remarkable game! From stone-silence when Reggie Brown received his neck injury to unbridled pandemonium on Barry’s short-yardage run to break the 2,000 mark. He then iced it with a longer run to make the record solid. People appear to have forgotten that Bill Parcells-he wanted to keep the crowd out of the game?- was coaching the Jets. Both teams needed a win to make the playoffs. Playoffs!!!! My only regret, was the Lions did not announce or put on scoreboard the countdown yardage Barry needed, as he got close to the mark. I had a radio and kept the fans in our section informed. To me it will always be memorable, but bitter sweet since it ended the career, fortunately not the life, of a very promising linebacker.

  170. By Hero on Jun 10, 2011 | Reply

    Is anybody else wondering why they haven’t uploaded this game (or at least the highlights) on this site for us to witness again?

    Can this not be done?

    Go Lions Forever!!

  171. By nighttrain1 on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    I watched the game with the guys, really wanted sanders to get it with a long touchdown run. I had the entire Barry Sanders highlight runs from collage to the pros, let a few people borrow it and it grew legs and walked away and I cannot find another one. If anybody know where I can find another one please let me know

  172. By John on Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

    I was nine years old watching the game with dad and brothers. I think I became a Lions fan that season.

  173. By discodan on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game also, i had taken my three nieces to their first NFL game.
    Up in the nose bleeds behind one of the endzones. I remember the jets needed a win to go into the playoffs just as Detroit. The Last big run Barry had went for seventy some yards as he escaped the jets defense and scampered to the seven yard line, in the fourth quarter..The Game was over and the big tuna knew it..A very good memory for Lions fans.

  174. By Black Wolf Standing on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t remember. But Barry’s career is like a great unfinished symphony. You only can imagine what true greatness he would have had if only he was allowed to finish his career. What records still eluded him that he would have smashed. Instead, we Lions fans are the only ones who knew him to be the greatest running back ever. The Greatest RB that there will ever be.

  175. By Dennis Marshall on Jul 6, 2011 | Reply

    I was on the 30 yard line on the field working for NBC that day covering the game. It was an experience and a half watching Barry run. Right after that I met Him at a local grocery store in Michigan. He was a very kind and understanding man.

  176. By ward elliott on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    i was there,watching the greatest running back in history.

  177. By 1960's lions fan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the game it was crazy, Unfortunately we also lost a great and upcoming line backer that night. A man named Reggie Brown. Her, was a pro Bowl Talent.

  178. By Chad on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    I was on tour in europe with the US Army and wasnt able to watch the game. I called my Dad because it was also his Birthday. He recorded the game and sent me the tape so I could watch it. It took a week to get the tape and I refused to talk to anyone about football or read the news or watch tv so I didnt know what happened untill I watched it.

  179. By Jeff on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the Silverdome counting down the yardage with signage that I borrowed from my workplace(Wal-Mart.)I actually posted the 2,000th yard before the scoreboard.
    What a great day.

  180. By Nick H. on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I was at the Silverdome on like the 30 yard line row 20.

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  182. By Tony Keller on Nov 23, 2012 | Reply

    I will never forget this game as long as I live. we were there,Me my brother Joe,Our friends Kevin Kruzel and Brad (Big Dog) Mcmicheal. So Sweet To See Barry Run For The Record,But We Were All Worried About Reggie Brown. I Really Miss The Loudness Of The Silverdome.Ford Field Will Never Match It!!!!!

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