Barry Sanders Says He’ll Finally Share Reason For His Early Retirement In ‘Bye Bye Barry’ Documentary

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In a move that’s sure to get NFL fans buzzing, legendary running back Barry Sanders is stepping onto the small screen to share his extraordinary story.

The Hall of Fame Detroit Lions running back has teamed up with Amazon Prime Video for a documentary titled “Bye Bye Barry,” set to premiere on November 21st.

With anticipation building, Sanders himself took to social media to break the exciting news, stating, “Over the last year, I have been filming the definitive movie on my life with Amazon Studios – The great mystery of why I walked away will be answered once and for all. Stream ByeByeBarry on November 21st.”

The teaser posted alongside his announcement offers a glimpse into the documentary, featuring the distinctive narration of Jeff Daniels and captivating shots of Sanders at Detroit’s iconic Fox Theatre.

Barry Sanders, now 55, spent an illustrious 10 seasons with the Lions, from 1989 to 1998 after being picked 3rd overall in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Sanders hung up his cleats with an impressive 15,269 rushing yards, tantalizingly close to toppling Walter Payton’s all-time rushing record of 16,276 yards.

Despite the abrupt nature of his retirement in 1999, Sanders still holds the fourth position on the all-time list, trailing behind Frank Gore, Payton, and Emmitt Smith.

A true football icon, the 10-time Pro Bowl honoree, six-time All-Pro, and four-time NFL rushing leader was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004, an honor he secured during his very first year of eligibility.

As an extra touch of glory, an 8-foot bronze statue of Barry Sanders is poised to be unveiled outside Ford Field in a special ceremony this Saturday.

The legendary running back is remembered, even long after he said his “bye-bye” to professional football.

Dov Kleiman
BroBible sports writer and associate editor. Covering the NFL for almost 10 years.