Running In The Family

He made moves that left people’s heads spinning. Perhaps the best running back ever to step on the field. Barry Sanders was a highlight film every time he had the ball. Now it may be time to pass the torch.

Barry Sanders has some big shoes to fill. His father is, that’s right, Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. The one who was a Oklahoma State Cowboy legend and elite star for the Detroit Lions. The younger Sanders is beginning his junior year for Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City, and the offer letters keeping coming. Plenty of schools are showing interest in him and it’s not because of the name. Right now, early favorites on the recruiting trail are Notre Dame, Tennessee and, of course, OSU. Fitting since the name carries great weight in Stillwater.

Sanders doesn’t hide the fact he is a Pokes fan. He wears the orange jersey to the games. But he isn’t closing the door if other schools come knocking.

On the field, the 5’11, 190 pound running back has been clocked at 4.31 in the 40 and has a 31-inch vertical jump. He took the reins last year as a sophomore and figures to be a key figure for the Chargers run at the Class 3A title this year. His stats last year: more than 2000 yards in total offense and 30 TD’s. On defense, he had 6 interceptions.

Sanders continues to impress off the field with his maturity and the ability to show natural leadership. He’s accustomed to the attention, growing up the son of a legend. The comparisons will come, but so far it doesn’t seem to bother him.

He may be following in his father’s footsteps, but this Sanders is also looking to blaze his own trail.

 Written by C. James


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