Oklahoma State honors Barry Sanders with a statue

Barry Sanders in 2019. By Greg2600, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

STILLWATER – A statue of Barry Sanders was unveiled outside the northwest corner of Boone Pickens Stadium prior to Oklahoma State’s football game against TCU on Nov. 13. 

The statue is approximately nine feet tall and made out of bronze by Enid-based artist Harold Holden. 
 
Sanders becomes the fourth person with a statue on the Oklahoma State campus, joining former president Henry Bennett, OSU’s first African-American student, Nancy Randolph Davis and benefactor Boone Pickens. 
 
In addition to having the statue unveiled prior to the game, Sanders will also have his name and number put in the Cowboy Football Ring of Honor inside the stadium at halftime. In doing so, Sanders joins his OSU teammate and fellow Hall-of-Famer Thurman Thomas as the first two names in the Ring of Honor. 
 
Sanders’ domination of college football in 1988 earned him the Heisman Trophy and unanimous first-team All-America honors. It was the greatest single season in the history of the sport. 
 
Among his most outrageous statistics in 1988:
* 237.5 rushing yards per game
* 7.6 yards per carry
* 44 touchdowns scored (3.7 per game)
* Four games with at least 300 yards rushing
* 937 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in one three-game span against Kansas, Iowa State and Texas Tech.
 
Sanders was a first-round draft choice by the Detroit Lions in 1989. The No. 21 jersey Sanders wore as a Cowboy is one of just four numbers not in use at Oklahoma State. He is also a member of both the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame.

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