ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz was part of a team that held Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders to 41 yards on 19 carries in the final game of the regular season 14 years ago.
Schwartz was a 32-year-old defensive assistant at the time for the Baltimore Ravens, who defeated the Lions, 19-10.
It was Dec. 27, 1998, a day that Lions fans will never forget.
Seven months later, Sanders rocked their world by faxing a statement to the Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, his hometown newspaper, saying that he was retiring from football.
That was the day Lions fans wish they could forget.
Sanders controversial retirement story is part of a new documentary, Barry Sanders: A Football Life, that airs for the first time Wednesday night at 8 oclock on the NFL Network.
I was part of the last game he played, Schwartz said Wednesday following his team's practice. It was one of those weeks you dont sleep very well the whole week. You lose about 10 pounds because theres no scheme tha...