Kansas: Barry Sanders
The state of Kansas deserves a medal for helping to produce Barry Sanders. One could argue whether or not he’s the best running back of all time, but there should no doubt that Sanders was the most exciting running back to watch in NFL history.
While undersized at 5’8’’, Sanders was a silky smooth runner who could stop on a dime. No one did better at turning a possible loss into a massive gain. It’s why he went to the Pro Bowl in all 10 of his NFL seasons, earned a spot on the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, and won the MVP in his penultimate season. Sanders is also a Heisman Trophy winner, excelling both in college and in the NFL.
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