3. Barry Sanders, 1989, Lions
Anthony Muñoz made this a little interesting, but anyone who saw Sanders run knows that this is close to a no-contest decision. At just 5’8’’ and 200 pounds dripping wet, Sanders wasn’t exactly known for his size and power. But the guy could stop on a dime and change directions like no other running back in the history of the game.
Despite never winning a Super Bowl during his 10 seasons with the Lions, he did go to the Pro Bowl all 10 seasons. Sanders was also an All-Pro all 10 years and even won MVP honors in his penultimate season. From his first year to his last year, there was no slowing him down. In fact, if you look up the word “elusive” in the dictionary, there’s a decent chance you’ll see his picture.