Fourteen years ago, on the brink of becoming the NFL’s leading rusher of all time, Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders walked away from the game.
On the eve of training camp in 1999, he sent a fax to the Wichita Eagle, his hometown newspaper, saying, “The reason I am retiring is very simple. My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it.”
But was he being completely truthful?
In a new commercial for Pepsi Max, Sanders, while getting a barbershop shave, says the real reason he retired is …