The most impressive feat of his remarkable career

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The most impressive feat of his remarkable career, however, came in 1997, when he rushed for a league-best 2,053 yards and gained another 305 yards on 33 catches for an amazing 2,358 combined yards gained. That year, Sanders, who was named league Most Valuable Player, gained more than 100 yards rushing in an NFL record 14 consecutive regular season games. Though not big by most standards, Sanders capitalized on his size by running low to the ground making him less of a target for would-be tacklers. His elusiveness and ability to reverse direction seemingly at will, often left defensive players grasping at air. “He makes you miss so bad, you kind of look up in the stands and wonder if anybody’s looking at you,” Atlanta Falcons cornerback D.J. Johnson once remarked. “You’ve got 60,000 people in there and you wonder if anyone saw you miss that tackle.” A first- or second-team All-Pro ten consecutive seasons, Sanders became the first NFL running back to record five 1,500-yard rushing seasons, in addition to being the only back to do so in four consecutive seasons (1994-1997). Selected to play in the Pro Bowl each of his 10 NFL seasons, Sanders held nearly every Lions’ rushing record and numerous all-time NFL records, at the time of his retirement. Barry Sanders
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Detroit Lions ProFootballHOF.com Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth & Education 6 Tackling Football Math Goals/Objectives: Students will: Improve math skills by applying basic functions to the game of football. Learn basic football facts and game terms. Utilize statistics of NFL football players and teams for computing math problems. Research statistics of selected NFL football players and teams for use as alternative information in certain math problems. Common Core Standards: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Number Operations in Base Ten; Measurement and Data Methods/Procedures: Students will complete the math worksheets provided on the following pages related to the game of football. They may work independently or with others. Feel free to make adaptations in players and teams to suit your students. Answers to the following worksheets are found in the back of this publication. * Conversions in Football (CCS: Measurement and Data) * Championship Game Thunder (CCS: Number Operations in Base Ten; Measurement and Data) Materials: Pencil Scrap paper for working problems Calculators if permitted Worksheets Assessment: Students will be assessed on accuracy of responses.
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Detroit Lions ProFootballHOF.com Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth & Education 7 Conversions in Football Directions: Complete the following problems, be sure to show all of your work on a seperate sheet of paper. 1. During his career Barry Sanders rushed for 15,269 yards. How many feet is that? __________ 2. In 2015 Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown. How many inches is that?_______ 3. Matthew Stafford passed for 4,262 yards in 2015. How many miles is that? ___________ Round to the nearest tenth. *(Hint: 1 mile = 1,760 yards) 4. In 2015 Calvin Johnson retired from the NFL after leading the Lions in receiving with 1,214 yards.
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