Oklahoma State Introduces Barry Sanders to Ring of Honor on November 13

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Oklahoma State announced Thursday that it will take on Barry Sanders in the Ring of Honor at Boone Pickens Stadium during the Cowboys’ game against TCU on Nov. 13.

The school also said a sculptor is working on a statue of Sanders that will honor him outside the stadium, a first for any OSU player.

Sanders joins former Oklahoma State teammate Thurman Thomas, who was inducted last year as the second member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.

In his only season as a full-time starter with OSU, after supporting Thomas for two seasons, Sanders had one of the most dominant seasons in college football history in 1988, when he won the Heisman Trophy and was a unanimous All-American. He ran for 2,850 yards — an average of 237.5 per game — had four 300-yard games and scored 44 touchdowns, breaking 34 NCAA records.

“If he played in today’s fouls, he could very well have run 4,000 yards, easily,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who was that team’s starting QB, told ESPN in 2018. “Look at the number of games that played. We have in attack today compared to then. We crumpled, we were slow. And in most games he rarely hit the field in the fourth quarter, because we teams excelled.”

Bypassing his senior year, Sanders entered the NFL draft, where he was ranked No. 3 by the Detroit Lions in 1989. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 after rushing for 15,269 yards in 10 NFL seasons.

Sanders’ No. 21 at Oklahoma State is one of four numbers not used by the Cowboys.


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