Barry Sanders runs away with Lions’ Mt. Rushmore

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On Monday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, we unveiled the Lions’ Mt. Rushmore.

To little surprise, running back Barry Sanders was the favorite of PFT Planet.

In fact, he technically appeared on 104 percent of the ballots, which means that plenty of you voted for fewer than four Lions.  Which given the team’s recent history is understandable.

The PFT foursome consisted of Sanders, Calvin Johnson, Bobby Layne, and Alex Karras.

PFT Planet replaced Karras with Night Train Lane.

Johnson appeared on 64 percent of the ballots.  Lane showed up on 52 percent.  Layne appeared on 44 percent — six points less than the 50-year curse Layne put on the Lions when the franchise traded him.

21 responses to “Barry Sanders runs away with Lions’ Mt. Rushmore

  1. In fact, he technically appeared on 104 percent of the ballots, which means that plenty of you voted for fewer than four Lions.
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    In what bizarre world is that mathematically possible?

  2. 104% of the ballots, wow. The last person I heard get that proportion of the vote was Sadaam Huessein in Iraq, and I have a feeling Barry’s votes were a little more legit.

  3. I can still remember all the Emmitt Smith “the greatest RB” talk way back when.

    Then Detroit traveled to Dallas for a Monday night game. And Barry put on a performance.

    I remember seeing Emmitt on the sidelight, slack-jawed in awe, watching Barry run.

    Some players transcend the team they play for. They become faces of the NFL, not just their team. They become someone even other teams’ fans respect and admire. Barry was just such a player. (Walter was too)

  4. As well he should. I despise the Lions for not spending and getting better players around him and really, forcing his early retirement. We could have enjoyed him a lot longer.

  5. Both got it wrong. No Karras or Lane (not enough years as a Lion). It’s Schmidt as the fourth. HOF Player and best Coach of the Super Bowl era for Detroit.

    But, these list are always going to skew younger, because fewer PLUS 60’s versus those younger are on the internet. So how do we explain Layne? Easy, there’s a Curse named after him. And Karras? Well most have seen Webster either in first run of syndication.

  6. I’m going to anger everyone and say it’s too early to put Calvin Johnson on Mount Rushmore or the Hall of Fame.

    Barry is a lock.

    Alex Karras, represents a time when the Lions defense was truly nasty. He was also a charismatic character known for his off-field shenanigans including pro wrestling.

    Bobby Layne, a QB who led the Lions to multiple championships. Any new QB since has to deal with comments about whether he’s the second coming of Bobby Layne.

    Lem Barney, Hall of Fame DB who probably still appears in Bart Starr’s nightmares!

  7. Lions fans should have repped Joe Schmidt. He was every bit as great as Sam Huff and Ray Nitchske, even though he was undersized,but he’s never gotten the credit mostly because Detroit fans didn’t rep him.

    And it happened again. Packer fans and Bears fans don’t forget about their guys.

  8. Joe Schmidt- 3 Championships, 8 time All pro, HOF then coached the Lions to a winning record over 7 years…absolutely belongs there instead of Karras. Terrible choice by fans (Lane played more games and had his better years as a Cardinal) and PFT, as Schmidt was on that same defense that wa so nasty….

    Lem Barney- 11 TDs returned, 56 INT, HOF CB and KR, every bit as dynamic as Deion, plus could tackle. Completely belongs there instead of Calvin.

  9. I remember seeing Emmitt on the sidelight, slack-jawed in awe, watching Barry run.
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    Packer fan and a season ticket holder for many years.
    I’ve seen my share of Lion/Packer matchups and there has been many times, we as fans, have been left slack-jawed and in awe, watching Barry run.
    One Helluva player.

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