Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/19/14

It is hard to believe that 15 years ago, Barry Sanders abruptly retired from the NFL. He has never quite opened up completely to place blame on the Detroit Lions and their mistakes in the front office to surround him with a team that could win, or a coach that he could trust. I mean, he loved Wayne Fontes, but never warmed up to Bobby Ross. Sanders, on the eve of training camp in 1999 up and quit football, as he was closing in on the career rushing record. Only 10 years in the NFL, still at the top of his game, he was gone. He never came back. Ironically enough, Barry Sanders was the cover boy for the popular Madden video game the year he left the game, and was voted to be on the cover of this year’s Madden. It appears he is finally ready to reveal why he left in this joint Pepsi Max/Madden commercial: Or, maybe not.

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  • he was smart he realized that the Lions organization would only spend enough money to put a team on the field that would bring in paying people as long as the team showed a profit no matter how slim they were happy Mr. Ford destroyed the Detroit Lions football team. I said when he got rid of Bobbi Lane that they would never win a championship again in that century. Guess what they didn't and they still haven't I believe his son is trying this time around but personally I very much root against him Rus Thomas was instrumental in destroying the Detroit Lions but he made money for Ford. Currently I believe Detroit Lions is the dirtiest team in football led by that psychopath that kicks other players when they're down can you say,scum. Thursday they're playing the patriots personally I would forfeit the game and not risk the injuries that Detroit will deliberately inflict if they possibly can why, because they're playing a great team one that will be in the playoffs and that's just the way they are. Detroit isn't just financially bankrupt they're morally bankrupt also
  • You are partially right. First the Lions were in the playoff hunt 5 times in the 90's. Bad luck and some poor choices resulted in the Lions not winning the big game. Bobby Ross did not sit well with Barry and the year Barry got over 2000 years he did it in the last 14 games. Also Bobby Lane was traded in 1957 which is before Ford bought the team for 4 Million in 1964. I agree that Ford has made poor choices picking management. Also you sound like you dislike Ndamukong Suh and got caught up in the media hype of him being a dirty player. This was because of the kicking the player. He actually did not kick him very hard and was from frustration from him holding him and grabbing his leg. Plus Suh was a gentlemen and did not tell the press that someone was grabbing at his balls while he was down. Then the media had to have a story and show Suh as being a dirty player. People like you are lemmings and believe what is hyped. The following year Suh was voted by the people as the dirtiest player and he did not have any personal foul penalties. Matt Millen did more destruction than any manager in the history of the Lions. I believe the Lions are heading in the right direction.You call Suh a scum, what about a player holding him almost every play and grabbing his private parts. You are not very educated by your statement and are better served going to another site because the team you root for probably cheats. You should not believe everything the media says or shows. Detroit is a tough town and with some changes can rise up, in fact Detroit is a city on the rebound before the bankruptcy. I guess you are from Cleveland and was one of the classy fans chanting Detroit's Bankrupt. Well since the car industry has suffered so has the United States including Cleveland, Pittsburg, and Texas etc.. So in closing you should be concerned and hope that Detroit comes back so the country does better. You judge a City by a few that do crimes and call them morally bankrupt. Who do you know from Detroit? I bet you would not last one day in Detroit. But if you did somebody would probably beat you up and then someone would still help you even if you are an ass the watches too much TV. Oh by the way your writing is at the 1st grade level.
  • sounds to me that you would fit right in Detroit that is. I believe you're wrong about Mr. Ford purchasing the team but there is always a possibility I could be mistaken but I don't believe so. As far as knowing Detroit I know every inch every back alley every party store and on and on. You sound like a Coleman Young voter part of the scum that destroyed this great city, I remember downtown Detroit in the 1940s and crowds on the street today nobody walks the streets after dark the criminals have shot out the street lights. Did you know that carjacking was invented in Detroit they ran out of people to rob rape and in general harass. Do you remember the years that reporters came from all over the world to witness the traditional Halloween burning of Detroit. Is it any wonder to you that these automatic locks on cars today are called Detroit locks? You're right about one thing I do not write it as well as I would like but that wasn't a large concern when I was getting my doctorate
  • I am surprised at both of you,retroreunion & pbehan, your remarks tell me that both of you need a little more educating,Detroit as well as other area.s across the U.S. have suffered, why remark negatively, what ARE YOU DOING to make this,our world & your area a better place to live, I broke my neck & back several years ago, I have the ability to fix things, small engines, appliance, heating & cooling, have you heard of pay it forward, not sure, but sorta heard it from the west michigan area, try a little positivity, stop bashing other area's, I am from Michigan, it's home, have lived in Cleveland, they have a fine city as well, LaBron calls it home, yeah,yeah, I know, it was a money decision, plain & simple, Barry, left, because he realized that the lions were not going in the direction he invisioned when he came to Detroit, instead of risking injury, he walked away, plain & simple, as far as what it was like in 1940 compared to today, i'm surprised that your doctorate didn't educated you in the difference in era's, No, I am not bashing you, not my style, hoping to re-educate you, we live in an ever evolving world, nothing will be as it was, hopefully Mr. Reggie Bush will take us to the 1 bowl game that we Detroiters want to win,Barry, I think, coach Swartz, has room, will make some if needed,& your jersey dusted off,,you still got a couple years left in the giddyup tank, lace em up, don't talk about what could have been, but what can be, gibby always believed, he may never make the HOF, but he always and still does, BELIEVE.NOW that is a ball player.

















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