Barry Sanders Drops Photo From Original ‘Zoom’ Heisman in 1988

by Thad Mitchell

Long considered one of the greatest football players to grace the gridiron, former NFL great Barry Sanders recalls a special moment on social media.

Sanders hails from Wichita, Kansas but played collegiately for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys. While he is known for his work in the National Football League, Sanders was just as dominant during his college years. Standing at only 5’8″ and weighing south of 200 pounds, Sanders ran the ball like his hair was on fire. Today, several years after his retirement, his game film is the stuff legends are made of.

Playing for the OSU Cowboys, Sanders would rewrite the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record books. He broke 34 NCAA football record during his time in Stillwater and still holds several of them to this day. Among his records are Most rushing yards in a single season (2,268), Most touchdowns in a single season (39) and most points scored in a single season (234).

Sanders would leave OSU with 3,979 yards, 55 touchdowns and a career average of 118.7 rushing yards per game. He departed for the NFL after his junior season forgoing his final year of eligibility.

Barry Sanders Recalls Heisman Trophy Winning Season

For his tremendous success, Sanders took home the Heisman Trophy upon the end of the 1988 season. The goes annually to the top collegiate player regardless of position. Sanders took an overwhelming amount of the first-place votes that year. USC quarterback Rodney Peete and UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman were the runner ups to Sanders.

With the award given to Alabama receiver Devonta Smith last night (Tuesday), Sanders took to social media to share a photo from his 1988 Heisman win. The Hall-of-Famer sympathizes with finalists partaking in the ceremony in a virtual capacity.

“I know what it is like to get this award via ZOOM circa 1988 tech,” he says with a dash of humor. “Good Luck to the finalists.”