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Barry Sanders Announces He Had Heart-Related Health Scare Last Weekend

Sanders writes he is taking this time to prioritize his health.

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The greatest running back of all time is on the mends after a health scare over Father’s Day weekend.

Barry Sanders on Friday announced he had a heart-related health scare over the weekend. He used his platform to bring awareness to people staying on top of their health while also thanking the healthcare professionals who helped him out in an X post.

Sanders wrote:

“To all of my supporters,

“Over Father’s Day weekend, I experienced a health scare related to my heart. It was unexpected and served as a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant about our physical well-being, even when we are feeling fine.

“I am grateful for the amazing doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for providing me with needed care. My family and I are thankful for your prayers and support during this time.

“Per my doctors’ recommendation, I am taking this opportunity to prioritize my health and well-being. I appreciate your understanding and continued support.”

Sanders won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma State for the 1988 season — one of the most impressive seasons for an athlete regardless of sport. He ran for 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns that year — by far the most in program history in both categories. OSU running backs have ran for 300 yards in five games, with four of those instances coming from Sanders in that 1988 season.

Despite being the starter for only one year after serving as Thurman Thomas’ backup, Sanders ranks fifth in program history in career rushing with 3,797 yards. He is the program’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 53.

The Detroit Lions took Sanders third in the 1989 NFL Draft. He spent 10 seasons in the NFL and ran for 15,269 yards and 99 touchdowns. That yardage total is good for fourth in the history of the league behind only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore. Sanders’ 99.8 rushing yards a game ranks second in NFL history behind only Jim Brown.

Sanders was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

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