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Several years after retirement, and repeated refusals to discuss the abruptness of it, Sanders finally admitted that the culture of losing in the Lions' organization was too much to deal with even though he said that he could still play. He explained that it robbed him of his competitive spirit, and he saw no reason to believe things were going to improve. Although Detroit had made the playoffs the season prior to his retirement (losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-10 on the road in a 1998 NFC Wild Card game), Detroit drafted quarterback Charlie Batch in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. It became apparent that Batch would become Detroit's full time starter the next season, and Sanders seemed unwilling to embrace yet another change in the Lions' seemingly endless carousel of quarterbacks and offensive philosophies. He had also gone on record to criticize Detroit's front office (most notably Chuck Schmidt) for releasing Pro Bowl center Kevin Glover for salary cap reasons. Glover was an underrated player and close friend of Sanders in Detroit. He stated there were tears in his eyes as the Lions lost in the playoffs to Tampa in 1998, because he knew in his heart he was never going to play another game for Detroit. "I sobbed for 3 months," Sanders said

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What is barry sanders retirement date?

Barry Sanders didn't retire. . . . He quit


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Barry Sanders final season in the NFL was 1999.


When did Barry Sanders retire from football?

1998


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He retired in 1999.


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the retire of the Detroit Lions


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Barry Sanders has 3 Children


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Barry Sanders


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Barry Sanders is not yet deceased.


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When was Barry Sanders born?

Barry Sanders was born on July 16, 1968


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How many children does Barry Sanders have?

Barry Sanders has 3 Children


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Barry Sanders was born in Wichita, Kansas.


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Barry Sanders didn't retire due to injury. Sanders played for the Detroit Lions, a continually dismall and mismanaged team that refused to trade him or let him go into free agency. The team was and still is very poorly managed and Sanders was believed to retire out of frustration with not being able to go to another team, although he has never stated this. He says he lost his love for the game.


Are Barry Sanders and Bob Sanders and Deion Sanders Related in any way?

No. Barry Sanders, Bob Sanders and Deion Sanders are not related to each other at all.


Is the football player Barry Sanders dead?

No, Barry Sanders is alive and well.


What position did Barry Sanders play?

Barry Sanders played running back.


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Barry Sanders does not have a superbowl ring.


What is barry sanders nickname?

Barry Sanders nickname when he was in the pro's playing for the Detroit Lions was "The big bad barry"


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Lauren Sanders


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Barry Sanders was born in Wichita, Kansas on July 16, 1968.