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Barry Sanders names his favorite running backs

November 26, 2013

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Football legend Barry Sanders joined Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew on his show, Runnin’ with MJD, Friday night on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. The two covered several topics with co-host Mike Dempsey, including Sanders’ thoughts on the NFL evolving into a pass-first league, the popularity of fantasy football, and Sanders’ son following in his father’s footsteps as a college running back.

What Sanders may be remembered for most is walking away from the game in his prime. Still third all-time in rushing yards, Sanders said he still has no regrets retiring after a dominant 10th season in the league.

Even to this day it is kind of hard to explain. It was just listening to that inner voice for me that said it was time to step away. That deep drive and determination to keep being a player wasn’t there anymore. It was the right call for me. It was tough to leave the game, it’s a great game. Ten fantastic years, but I just knew it was time to move on.

Sanders also spoke with Jones-Drew about the current running backs he enjoys watching most in the NFL.

I certainly like to see what LeSean McCoy is doing this year. He is definitely one of those kind of slippery and quick guys that will get you some long distance [runs]. Obviously, Adrian is still having a good year after coming off 2,000 yards. Maurice has always been one of my favorites. He runs so much bigger than he actually is. I think there’s a strong list of running backs in the game, even though it’s certainly a passing-oriented game.

Listen to the entire interview with Barry Sanders on SiriusXM On Demand, and catch Runnin’ with MJD, Fridays at 7 pm ET on Sirius channel 210 and XM channel 87.

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