The Detroit Lions and its fans experienced a long period of dark days throughout the 90s where losing had pretty much become commonplace, winning only one playoff game in the entire decade. However, if there was one saving grace for the Motor City during football season back in those times, it was being able to watch and enjoy the greatness that was legendary running back Barry Sanders on a weekly basis.
Sanders is widely considered one of the greatest to ever play at his position — and some would even go as far as saying he indeed was the best running back of all-time — and his endless list of accomplishments and accolades definitely supports that theory. The third overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft, Sanders would ultimately reach the Pro Bowl in all ten of his seasons in the league, while also garnering MVP awards, First-Team All-Pro selections, rushing titles for leading the NFL in yards, ultimately leading to his enshrinement in Canton in 2004 as a well-deserved member of the Hall-of-Fame. In addition, he’s also third in NFL history with 15,269 career rushing yards, which is something many believe is a record he would own to this very day if he did not retire prematurely following the 1998 season.
Through IfOnly, you have the wonderful opportunity to interact with Hall of Famers, Super Bowl champs and local greats, and even to obtain signed memorabilia or get in touch with the aforementioned all-time great Sanders. Some of the offerings include being able to purchase a personalized and signed helmet, game jersey, exuberant photograph, or even a copy of Madden the video game that he – as the cover boy – signs as well. Furthermore, fans potentially could get ahold of Sanders, as IfOnly allows you to produce a message that they would relay personally to the much-celebrated Hall-of-Famer. If none of these options gets you excited, you can also create a custom experience with Sanders, too.
One of the many great things about indulging in an experience with IfOnly, the VIP experience company, is that they donate a portion of the proceeds to the athlete’s preferred charity of his or her choosing. In the case of Sanders, a considerable donation would be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas.