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Barry Sanders: ‘Adrian Peterson Is Capable Of Breaking All-Time Rushing Yards Record’

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Running back Barry Sanders #20 of the Detroit Lions in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Steelers 19-16.

Running back Barry Sanders #20 of the Detroit Lions in action during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Steelers 19-16.

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Barry Sanders is arguably the greatest running back in NFL history and on Tuesday he joined Doug Gottlieb to talk about his career and about his former team, the Detroit Lions. And the Lions are off to a hot start after a disappointing season last year, which came after they reached the playoffs two years ago and Sanders believes the Lions are headed in the right direction.

“This is kind of what we were hoping for, what we expected,” Sanders said. “We know that putting together a successful NFL team is something that has to happen over time. It’s something that, in our case anyway because were were coming from such mediocrity, is really going to have to be developed and you’re going to have to strategically put together a team that can compete.”

Sanders left the NFL in 1998 after 10 seasons and gave up the chance to make a run at Walter Payton’s all-time rushing yards record, which was eventually broken by Emmitt Smith. But to do this day Sanders doesn’t look back and wish they he stayed in the league and went for the record.

CATCH THE REST OF THE BARRY SANDERS INTERVIEW AT CBSSPORTS.COM

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