The legend himself, Barry Sanders, came up to the podium to announce the Detroit Lions' 5th-overall pick: Ezekiel Ansah out of Brigham Young University.
Sanders got a hell of an applause, not just because he's in great shape and could probably play right now. And not just because he won the cover of the next "Madden NFL 25" video game over Adrian Peterson.
But because he's Barry Freaking Sanders, that's why. It seems like everyone still loves Barry. Maybe because he left too early. Most NFL fans from a decade ago will say that Barry Sanders might be the greatest running back of all time. Older heads go with Jim Brown or Walter Payton. West Coast fans might say that it's Eric Dickerson. And the young guys will say Adrian Peterson is on his way to wearing the crown.
But I challenge anyone who says Barry isn't the man, to put up a better highlight reel. You can't do it. Between the reverses, the cuts, the ankle breaking moves and the bursts of speed, Sanders is by far the most electrifying running back of all time in my humble opinion. And yours truly gets excited when I see him on ESPN, even if it is just to announce.
As far as Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah goes, some say he is just a big a freak of nature as Barry was in his prime. Let's hope, as far as the Lions go, that Ansah becomes the Detroit legend that Mr. Sanders is.
Nice shades, Ziggy.