Jamie Samuelsen Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 11:31 p.m. UTC Jul 16, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. What are your favorite Barry Sanders moments? I guess Barry Sanders turning 50 years old means he’s not coming back. I don’t know when I finally came to terms with Barry’s career being over, but I can guarantee you it was many years after most athletes normally hang ‘em up. We’ll never see another Barry Sanders. And I don’t just mean we’ll never see that good of a running back. I mean we’ll never see an athlete who captivates us to the degree Barry did while always keeping us at arm's length. Everyone has a favorite run or a favorite moment. My … [Read more...] about My favorite Barry Sanders memories include the Emmitt Smith debate
Brian Manzullo Detroit Free Press Published 4:03 p.m. UTC Jul 16, 2018 Editor's note: This was originally published July 16, 2017. Happy birthday, Barry Sanders! The Detroit Lions running back legend turns 49 today and, in honor of that, why not spend your Sunday funday reminiscing about the way he shredded opposing defenses, sometimes with ease? The highlight reels are plentiful for Sanders, a 10-time Pro Bowler and 1997 NFL MVP who ran for 15,269 career yards and 99 rushing touchdowns. We picked a few of our favorite YouTube videos for you to watch. Enjoy! Contact Brian Manzullo: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BrianManzullo. Download our Lions Xtra app for free on Apple and Android! … [Read more...] about It’s Barry Sanders’ birthday, so let’s watch him shred some defenses
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Jul 15, 2018 No. 20 is turning 50. And as Barry Sanders, the greatest running back in Lions history — and maybe the best professional athlete in the history of Detroit sports — hits the half-century mark, now seems like the perfect time to reflect back on his career. From his superhuman runs to his small acts of kindness and unassuming ways, Sanders left an impression on everyone around him and everyone who saw him play. We reached out to a few dozen of Sanders' former teammates, coaches and colleagues to get their favorite Sanders stories. Most are from Sanders' 10 years in Detroit, many you've never heard before. Here are 20 tales about No. 20's amazing career. Sanders surprised just about everyone when he retired from the NFL on the eve of training camp in 1999, but it turns out his decision to leave the game wasn't a complete secret. "We’re going out to play the Ravens (in the last game … [Read more...] about Barry Sanders at 50: Here are 20 tales about No. 20 you might not know
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 3:38 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 I didn’t think twice about who’s No. 1. Or No. 2, for that matter. But even if the top two players were clear as day to me, ranking the 16 best players in Detroit Lions history for our ongoing G.O.A.T. tournament of Detroit pro sports was no easy task. I was one of several reporters asked to provide their top 16 list, and all of our lists were compiled to put together the rankings you see on our website. Since some of you asked, I provided my full list below, but before we get to that, a little bit about the methodology. The Lions, the Detroit version of them at least, have been around since 1934, and as old as my body feels at times, I certainly don’t have much beyond history books to go on when it comes to some of the organization’s all-time greats. Let your voice be heard: Greatest Lions player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT Dutch Clark? He was a charter member of the Pro … [Read more...] about My Detroit Lions G.O.A.T. list; Barry easy No. 1, but why no Stafford?
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 9:56 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah made his first comments of the offseason Tuesday during the start of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp. But he didn’t say much. Ansah also didn’t do much. He barely took part in individual drills early in practice, which at least was more than he did during the only open organized team activity last month. Knee and ankle injuries have limited Ansah the past two seasons and he dodged a question about whether he was taking it easy because of knee issues. Read more Lions: Day 1 minicamp observations: Cornerback rotation intriguing RB Kerryon Johnson gets advice from Barry Sanders “I’m just adhering to what the medical staff and the coaches are asking of me,” he said. Although he didn’t move around much on the field, Ansah proved quite nimble during his three-minute interview, as he adroitly dodged reporters’ questions … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah practices little, dodges contract questions