Former Lions great Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy in 1988 at Oklahoma State before playing 10 Hall of Fame seasons in the NFL with the Lions.
Sanders is heading back to college this fall, but this time it’s as a spectator and fan, watching his son Barry Sanders Jr. as a running back at Stanford.
Sanders Jr. was the top high school recruit in the state of Oklahoma this past year after rushing for 3,825 career yards and 55 touchdowns, including two seasons with more than 1,200 yards and 1,136 in an injury-shortened junior season.
“He’s bigger, faster, stronger and younger than I was,” Sanders told Detroitlions.com Tuesday. “He’s just a phenomenal high school running back. What I see in him is great vision and speed and he cuts very well.”
Who does that sound like?
“But there is a lot of growing for him to do after high school,” Sanders said of his son. “I’m speaking from my own experience but I wasn’t anywhere near where I was going to be as a freshman. There is a lot of maturing and growing to do after high school and he has a lot of room to grow. He has a frame that he can put on a lot of weight and be a phenomenal runner in college.”
Sanders Jr. is 5-11, 190 pounds and chose Stanford over dad’s Alma mater Oklahoma State and Alabama.
“They like running the ball up there, it’s a priority, so I think that was definitely a draw for him,” Sanders said of his son’s choice of school.
“I think my job is to just be there and be supportive and let him know that there are going to be ups and downs and it’s a great next step in life and you have to go there and start over and work your way up.
“You have to go earn your keep. They brought him there because they think he has potential and now he has to prove he’s worthy of being there.”
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