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Barry Sanders Quotes

Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders quotes: love how humble this dude is—even if he did use to run all over my Bears.

“Too often we are scared.  Scared of what we might not be able to do.  Scared of what people might think if we tried.  We let fears stand in the way of our hopes.  We say no when we want to say yes.  We sit quietly when we want to scream.  And we shout with the others, when we should keep our mouths shut.  Why?  After all, we do only go around once.  There’s really no time to be afraid.  Just do it.”

“Don’t be scared to make mistakes.  In life you’re going to make some mistakes.  Even if you wanted to stay in bed all day and avoid the whole world, that’s not the answer.  You’re going to make some mistakes.”

“Keep training, keep your speed, and take care of your body.”

“At some point, you do have to make those individual decisions when you’re alone – you’re having those conversations with yourself.”

“One of the flabby lines you hear sometimes is, ‘Speak truth to power.’  Power knows the truth.  It’s speaking the truth to yourself that’s the challenge.”

“Maybe a good rule in life is never become too important to do your own laundry.”

“It’s hard to win.  You have to maintain a very delicate balance putting together the right team to be able to win and have any amount of success.”

“Happiness does not come from football awards.  It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football.  Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids.  I don’t dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.”

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”

“I’m not better than anyone else.  I’m not supposed to be on a pedestal.  I’ve always stayed away from that.”

“To have a [Nike] shoe named after you, not a lot of players have that experience and that honor, it is an awesome experience.  My best season (1997) I ran for 2,053 yards, so they are making 2,053 pairs.”

“I played high school football for four years, college football for three years and professional football for 10 years, yet I have been a Nike spokesperson for 30.  It is such a huge honor that they are bringing back this shoe in my honor, and I can’t thank Nike enough on behalf of my fans everywhere.”

“If I could change anything in football it would be how people worship the athletes.  I know they’re no different than the desolate man in the street.”

“See God gave us the talent, but the devil make us famous.”

“Christianity affects your whole life.  I was always successful on the field, but now I’m successful off the field too.”

“My mother was a huge influence on me.  She was a living example of what a Christian should be.  Her conviction, her discipline.  She would rather see other people happy than herself.  She was hard working and a great inspiration for me to work hard.”

“That’s all you want from your sons, to grow up and establish themselves in their own career.”

“I played on good teams and bad teams, and some teams I played a lot and other teams I never got in the game.  But I was always glad to be part of a team and going to practice and just being part of a special unit going out every weekend or whatever with the same purpose and goal in mind.  And in that way, I felt special.”

“You can look at everything from pre-Heisman to post-Heisman, and I think that’s why it ranks up at the top, because before then, I didn’t even think I was good enough to be a professional ballplayer.”

“The game is the ultimate significance to me because it is so important to a lot of people.  It has left a mark on our culture to be voted as one of the best to ever play.”

“Life doesn’t stop with football.”

“It was a wonderful experience to play in the NFL, and I have no regrets.  I truly will miss playing.”

“I think for me, it was always all about business when you stepped onto the field.  I think I took a lot of that from my dad.  I think I always had the chip on my shoulder that I’m that kid that wasn’t very heavily recruited who, even going into the pros had doubts about.  For me, it was nothing greater than being in the NFL and being a running back and playing on Sunday.  I think I always had the chip on my shoulder and for me, I was never fearful of injury, I was fearful of not performing well and not being as great as I could be.  So, if you could call that an advantage, that’s the one thing I took with me.”

“The simple answer is the main reason I retired is because I could.  I had made enough money, I’d done enough and I could.  I’d accomplished everything I’d set out for.  I know what it takes to continue to be a top player on a daily basis and just that drive that you have to have.  It’s just something that I understood at that point.  I knew that I wasn’t sort of the kind of guy that was gonna stay around as long as I could.  But at the same time, in this game, you never know.  You never know how things are gonna shape up or end.  It’s just that kind of game.  I’m just fortunate I was able to have some control over that.”

“It was tough to make that decision after playing for 10 years.  It was a challenge, but it was something that I understood and wanted to do at that point in my life.  I was able to leave on my own terms, so that’s empowering in a lot of ways.  I lived out what was beyond a childhood dream.  It was enough for me and it was time to move on.”

“I achieved a level of success that gave me much satisfaction and pride.  It was the greatest time in my life.”

“I want to thank all of the fans and media who made playing in the NFL such a wonderful experience.  I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them.”

“Let’s just win it and go home.”

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