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Barry Sanders (Football Superstars) (edition 2008)

by Samuel Willard Crompton

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Title:Barry Sanders (Football Superstars)
Authors:Samuel Willard Crompton
Info:Chelsea House Pub (L) (2008)
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Rating:****
Tags:Known as the most allusive runner in NFL history.

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Barry Sanders (Football Superstars) by Samuel Willard Crompton

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Review by Margaret Orto (Children's Literature):
Barry Sanders’s humility was evident from the beginning of his football career, as were his amazing athletic prowess and speed. As this book in the “Football Superstars” series reveals, Sanders is arguably the fastest running back ever to play in the National Football League and certainly the NFL’s best runner of the 1990s. Sanders’s rise to football greatness, as well as his modesty, was apparent when he won the Heisman Trophy for Best College Player in 1988, where he downplayed its importance, and remembered to thank his teammates who helped him rack up his amazing statistics. While clearly loving the sport of football, Sanders always felt it was second in importance to being a good person. This biography reveals the personal as well as professional life of Sanders, from his childhood through his surprising retirement at the height of his career, and attempts to sort out Sanders legacy to the game of football. Sanders played for ten years with the Detroit Lions and consistently gave his all to a team that was inconsistent from season to season. Clearly, Sanders’s upbringing shaped who he was as a person; he grew up with ten siblings, a gentle and hardworking mother, and a formidable father who demanded that each of his children bend to his will. Sanders’s difficult relationship with his father is traced from his early childhood through his days as a professional athlete. In addition to the compelling narrative, statistics, a chronology, full-color photographs, a timeline, sidebars, a glossary, a “for further reading” section, and an index are all included here, making this a high interest book for those looking for an absorbing account of one of the greats of football history. 2008, Chelsea House/Infobase Publishing. Ages 12 up. ( )
  Mmccain | Nov 25, 2012 |
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"Although Barry Sanders earned all-state honors in high school football, many college recruiters overlooked him because of his height. Undeterred, Sanders used his size to his advantage for the rest of his career. Accepting a scholarship from Oklahoma State University, he set several college football records and earned the Heisman Trophy as 1988?s most outstanding player. In only his junior year of college, he was the third overall pick in the NFL draft, where he was selected to play for the Detroit Lions"--Provided by the publisher.… (more)

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