Saying he is tired of seeing the Lions lose, former Detroit Lion and NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders has announced he will end his retirement and return next season to the Detroit Lions.
Sanders, 40, shocked the football world in July 1999 when he announced he was leaving the game while still in his prime, said he has pity on the 0-12 Lions and feels playing for them might somehow motivate them to become a winning team.
The running back added that the dismissal of hapless president Matt Millen further encouraged him to return to the NFL.
“I see my time with the Lions as unfinished business,” Sanders said in a statement faxed to the Wichita Eagle. “I want to help this team win. Bottom line, my reason for making a comeback is simple: my desire to play is greater than my desire not to.”
One has to wonder how easy it will be for Sanders to shake off the rust. We’ll soon find out.