Fans can win a Lions helmet signed by Barry Sanders, personalized to them

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on April 12, 2013 – 2:16 pm

In the “Old School” vs. “New School” Madden Cover Vote, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders has reached the final four, currently head-to-head with Jerry Rice.

Lions fans on Twitter can enter to win a personalized, autographed Barry Sanders helmet, by voting and then !

After defeating Montana with a 57% majority (546,223 total votes), Sanders (@BarrySanders) tweeted:

“Wow! I didn’t think I would beat Montana on the #Madden25 vote. Thanks to all the fans! I’m coming for you @jerryrice

With Sanders so close to the cover title, family, friends and fans are coming out in droves to support the former Lions’ running back.

Montee Ball (@M_Ball28): Hey guys lets help out Barry sanders and go to and vote for Barry! #Madden25

Jarrett W. Payton (@paytonsun): Vote for my Uncle @barrysanders. Lets get him on the Madden25 cover. vote here or tweet #Madden25Barry #NFL

Thurman Thomas (@thurmanthomas): Lets get @BarrySanders some more votes!! #Madden25 Vote for Barry!!!

Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete): Everyone, PLS vote @BarrySanders for #Madden25 cover #Madden25Barry RT and vote to win a signed photo from B! XO

Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22): Let’s help @BarrySanders get on the cover of Madden.

Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman): Vote for my boy @BarrySanders for Madden25 contest. Tweet #Madden25Barry & tag @jbbernstein or enter online at

The vote has brought out Sanders’ competitive (and trash talking?) side.

Sanders tweeted: Thanks to all my friends and fans for the early support. Its Jerry – he’s got enough rings and awards and records.

Rice is definitely doing his own campaigning, so Lions fans will need to get out and vote. Voting ends April 17!

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Barry Sanders to face Jerry Rice in semifinals of Madden Cover Vote

Posted by ttwentyman on April 11, 2013 – 10:14 am

Barry Sanders has been out of football nearly 15 years, but his popularity hasn’t waned much.

The Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back is one step closer to representing the team on the cover of the Madden video game series.

Sanders received 57 percent of the vote vs. Joe Montana to move on in the bracket-style tournament determined by fans voting.

“Wow! I didn’t think I would beat Montana on the #Madden25 vote. Thanks to all the fans! I’m coming for you @Jerry Rice,” Sanders wrote on Twitter.

Sanders now faces Montana’s former favorite target, Jerry Rice, in one semifinal. The other semifinal features Vikings running back Adrian Peterson vs. Texans running back Arian Foster.

Thus far, Sanders has defeated Ron Rivera, Marcus Allen, Ray Lewis and Montana.

Voting for the semifinals is now open through April 17 .

The winner will be determined April 24, the night before the NFL draft.

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Barry Sanders moves on in Madden Cover vote

Posted by ttwentyman on April 3, 2013 – 5:33 pm

Barry Sanders advances in Madden voteHall of Fame running back Barry Sanders is moving on in the SportNation EA Sports Madden Cover Vote after defeating Ray Lewis with 67 percent of the fan votes.

Sanders moves on to face fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana in the “Elite Eight” of the bracket-style contest. Montana defeated Dan Marino with 70 percent of the vote in the previous round.

Still remaining in the “old school” vs. “new school” format is Sanders, Montana, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders on the “old school” side of the bracket and Russell Wilson, Arian Foster, Robert Griffin III and Adrian Peterson on the “new school” side.

Sanders thanked all those who voted for him via Twitter on Wednesday:

“Thanks you to all the fans for their support in the #Madden25Vote,” he wrote.

The next round of voting lasts until April 10.

The “old school” lineup looks hard to beat at this point.

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Barry Sanders looking to advance to ‘Elite Eight’ of Madden Cover vote

Posted by ttwentyman on April 1, 2013 – 4:26 pm

The “Madden 25″ cover vote over on SportsNation is in it’s third week with former Detroit Lions and Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders pitted against soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis for a spot in the Elite Eight. Next up would be a matchup with the Joe Montana/Dan Marino winner.

The Lions are looking to grace the cover for a second consecutive year after receiver Calvin Johnson won the cover last year and parlayed that into a career season.

EA Sports has gone with a “Old School” vs. “New School” theme this year with the fans deciding which school ultimately reins supreme.

Both Sanders and Lewis have even gone to Twitter to recruit votes:

Lewis — Rock the vote!! – Would be honored to grace the cover again for Madden NFL 25 – Click  OR Retweet – #Madden25RayLewis

Sanders — Both @audrhi and @jbbernstein really want me to win Madden25. They are giving away signed 8×10. What really matters is if you want me to win

Third-round voting ends Wednesday.

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Calvin Johnson named NFC Offensive Player of the Month

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 29, 2012 – 11:46 am

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson has become just the second player in Detroit Lions history to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

The other?

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.

Sanders was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month three consecutive months during his historical 1997 season of rushing for an NFL-record 2,053 yards. Coincidentally or not, that was the same season the Lions began the year 4-6 before winning five of their last six games to clinch an NFC Wild Card spot.

In just four games during the month of November, Johnson has 32 receptions for 619 yards (19.3 average) and three touchdowns. He averaged 154.8 yards per game during the month and had at least 125 receiving yards in all four games. His 619 yards is a franchise record for the month.

Other notables for Johnson’s month of November:

  • His 619 receiving yards are the most in the NFL during the month since WR Terrell Owens registered 693 over a five-game span in 2007.
  • His 154.8 average is the highest in November since Hall of Fame WR Lance Alworth registered 156.3 during a three-game span in 1963.
  • Johnson is the first player since Texans WR Andre Johnson in 2008 to record a streak of three-straight games of 140-plus receiving yards and four-straight games of 125-plus receiving yards. Andre Johnson accomplished both of these in a four-game stretch during the month of October in 2008.

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Johnson Blog Q&A Edition: Barry on Calvin, Calvin on Barry

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 28, 2012 – 5:05 pm

Barry Sanders poses with Madden ’13 featuring Calvin Johnson.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson took a break from blogging to address the comments Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders made today while touring ESPN for “Madden ’13 Legends Week.”

Sanders spoke glowingly of the current Lions’ team, seeing tremendous upside with quarterback Matthew Stafford and, of course recognizing the overwhelming talent in Johnson.

Said Sanders, “He speaks for himself. The guy is nearly unstoppable.”

Johnson was clearly taken by Sanders’ comments of his talent.

“To hear that from Barry, that’s cool,” he said. “I had met him before, but I got to actually talk to him with my dad at the draft – that was a good time.  We always grew up watching him on Thursdays on Thanksgiving. He’s a really cool dude.”

Sanders joked on “Mike & Mike in the Morning” saying that if he had a “Calvin Johnson-type guy” when he was playing, he may not have retired.

Said Johnson, laughing, “I wouldn’t let him retire. He’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of back with the things that he did. I can’t even pretend to to act like I know what it’s like to have a back like that.”

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Barry Sanders looking forward to going back to college in the fall

Posted by ttwentyman on February 28, 2012 – 2:43 pm

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 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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Stafford has a little fun at the Celebrity Beach Bowl

Posted by ttwentyman on February 4, 2012 – 5:11 pm

A few hours before he finds out if he’ll be the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a little fun coaching the Palladia team at the DirectTV Celebrity Beach Bowl in Indianapolis.

With quarterback Warren Moon and star receiver Snoop Dog (game MVP), Stafford guided team Palladia to victory over the Cam Newton-coached Spike team.

Stafford yucked it up with Colts quarterback Peyton Manning for a time and seemed in his element among the star-studded rosters.

Former Lions running back Barry Sanders caught a touchdown pass from Joe Montana for the Spike team.

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Barry Sanders on the Lions and going to a fan’s house for charity

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on December 13, 2011 – 11:00 am

Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders was a guest on “Moving the Chains” with Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan on Sirius NFL Radio to talk about the Lions’ success, going to a fan’s house for charity and plenty more.

Said Sanders on the Lions, “We’re excited. We’ve come a long ways, obviously, and had some real difficult times with so many things going wrong. Now, getting back on track, seeing the team pull out some victories (is great). Of course this is football country out here. They love the football, love the Lions and we’ve been waiting for this for a while. It’s nice to see.”

As far as what Sanders is doing for charity, he will participate in a “homegate”. Fans can bid through ebay to benefit the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF), a non-profit organization providing financial grants and medical assistance to retired football players in dire need.

“I’ll come to your home, I’ll bring all the food and drinks (for) the game coming up this week against the Raiders for a great cause, of course, the Gridiron Greats Fund,” said Sanders. “You can find out more about it at It should be a lot of fun.”

Listen to Sanders’ full interview on!

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Barry Sanders Intro to MNF

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on October 12, 2011 – 3:06 pm


The Detroit Lions made a triumphant return to Monday Night Football last night after a 10-year absence, defeating the Bears 24-13 and improving their record to 5-0 for the first time since 1956.

The ESPN telecast kicked off with a powerful opening video voiced by Lions Hall of Famer Barry Sanders and featuring a local gospel choir, Selected of God. The video, voiced by Sanders, highlighted the resurgence of the Lions and the entire city of Detroit. Some fans asked if they could see the video again, so Front Row is happy to oblige here. We hope you like.

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