Today in Sports History: December 21

By Brandon Zhu

In 1997, Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions became the third player ever to run for 2,000 yards in a season. During the 1997 season, Sanders set a record by running 14 consecutive 100-yard games. It included two 200-yard performances, en route to 2,053 total yards. Sanders spent his entire 10-season career with the Detroit Lions and was known for his speed and agility. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl all 10 seasons and at the time of his retirement, held nearly every Lions’ rushing record and numerous all-time NFL records. In 2019, Sanders was included in the National Football League 100th Anniversary All-Time Team as one of the greatest all-time running backs. Sanders’ other accolades include 6x First-team All-Pro, 4x Second-team All-Pro, 4x NFL rushing yards leader, and 1997 NFL MVP. Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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