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Lion-Hearted

Dec. 06, 2004
Dec. 06, 2004

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Dec. 6, 2004

SI Adventure
LETTERS
SI Players
MOTOR SPORTS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
College Football
PRO BASKETBALL
PRO FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
PAINTBALL
Paintball
  • Its origins lie in kids' games, but there's nothing immature about the booming Paintball industry

TRACK AND FIELD
Inside
Inside the NBA
  • Seattle is off to a scorching start thanks to Ray Allen, who's having so much fun he might just stick around for a while

Inside College Basketball
Inside College Football
Inside Motor Sports
Inside the NFL
LIFE OF REILLY
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Lion-Hearted

MUCH MIST When he walked away from the NFL at age 30 in 1998, Barry Sanders didn't apologize or explain. He wasn't angry though; after rushing for 15,269 yards, he was just finished with football. And now, after being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, Sanders, who ranks third in rushing alltime, appears to be finished with his separation from the game. On Thanksgiving, before the Colts beat the Lions 41-9, he took the field with fellow Detroit greats Billy Sims and Lem Barney for a ceremony to retire the number 20 that each player wore. Said Sanders, "It's good to be part of the Lions' family again."

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