True Underdog
True Underdog
Jun 23, 2022
#TUClassic: Staying in the Moment with Barry Sanders
Play • 1 hr 14 min

Today on the show we’re talking with Barry Sanders about his esteemed football career, winning the Heisman, breaking records, and being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Barry talks about how he is always raising his own bar, there is never a “top”, you’re always working, and grinding to achieve your goals.

Barry always loved what he did and he saw success when the team succeeded, he could have had the all-time rushing record in his rookie season, but he let the guys who didn’t get to play often in. He never had to prove anything to anyone but himself.

Staying in the moment and not looking too far ahead has been Barry’s motto his whole life. He played with guys in high school who thought they were going to the NFL. Barry knew that he had to take things one step at a time and become the best without losing focus on where he was.


  • Growing up with 10 siblings
  • How playing football at 9 years old shaped Barry
  • When Barry’s high school coach reassigned him to running back
  • Knowing when to give yourself up to destiny
  • The power of humility
  • Playing at Oklahoma State behind great running backs
  • Winning the Heisman
  • Being the first player to get drafted to the NFL as a junior
  • Letting go of the rookie rushing title
  • The importance of grinding and staying consistent
  • There is no top, you always need to put in the work
  • Getting inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • What it’s like living post-football


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