Jersey Monday: Barry Sanders

Monday Night Football Matchup: Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Holy crap, the Detroit Lions are on Monday Night Football. Not only that, but they're favored, and they're actually good. It seems like it's been forever since the Lions were good, but I actually remember some good years for Detroit when I was growing up.

One of those years was 1991, when the Lions went 12-4 and reached the NFC Championship Game, where they were promptly crushed by the Washington Redskins (God, that seems like forever ago, right?). The star of that team, and most of the Lions teams throughout the '90s, was Barry Sanders.

I remember being a kid in middle school, then high school, and the debate was always Barry Sanders vs. Emmitt Smith. If you were on Barry's side, like I was, the argument was that if Barry had Emmitt's offensive line, he'd run for 2,500 yards every year.

I got this jersey in high school, as a gift from a friend who knew I needed a Lions jersey to help complete my collection. I don't think I've worn it since college, and it's not the Lions current style anymore so it's not like I'm going to wear it again soon. But it's just nice to know that it's no longer the most recent example of a good Lions player.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.