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Oklahoma State to add Barry Sanders to Ring of Honor

Field Level Media
24 Jul 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

Oklahoma State will honor Barry Sanders with a spot in its Ring of Honor and a statue outside Boone Pickens Stadium.

He will take his place in the Ring of Honor on Nov. 13, when the Cowboys host TCU.

Sanders, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a stellar career with the Detroit Lions, was a starter for just one season at Oklahoma State.

In 1988, he ran for 2,850 yards -- an average of 237.5 per game -- and scored 44 touchdowns. He had four games with at least 300 yards rushing, and in one incredible three-game span, ran for a combined 937 yards and 13 touchdowns against Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

He went on to win the Heisman Trophy and earn unanimous All-America honors after the 1988 season, which was his third at Oklahoma State. He spent his first two seasons in Stillwater as the backup to another future Hall of Fame member, Thurman Thomas.

Sanders, 53, becomes just the second member of the Cowboys' Ring of Honor, following Thomas.

Sanders skipped his senior season and was selected No. 3 overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1989 NFL Draft. In 10 seasons, he ran for 15,269 yards, which stands fourth all-time behind Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

With the Lions, he scored 109 touchdowns -- 99 rushing, 10 receiving -- and was a 10-time Pro Bowl section and six-time First-Team All-Pro. Sanders was named MVP in 1997 when he led the NFL with 2,053 rushing yards and 2,358 yards from scrimmage.

--Field Level Media

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