Sanders was the greatest football player to ever play for the Cowboys. After backing up eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas for two seasons, Sanders started his one — and only — season for Oklahoma State, but it was arguably the best individual season in the history of college football. Sanders’ incredible speed and elusiveness allowed him to rack up 2,628 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, which are both standing FBS season records. Sanders also won the 1988 Heisman Trophy and remains the only winner from OSU. Sanders’ success continued in the NFL. In his 10 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Sanders rushed for 15,296 yards, which is the third-most in NFL history behind Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. Sanders was elected to the CollehePro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Thomas represented the former half of one of college football’s best back-to-back running back combinations, paired with current opponent Barry Sanders. Hailing from Houston, Thomas was an All-American in 1985 and 1987, rushing for over 1,600 yards those two seasons. In his senior season, he scored 17 rushing touchdowns and finished seventh in the Heisman voting. The Cowboys won the 1987 Sun Bowl behind Thomas’ 157 yards and four touchdowns. He went on to have a stellar NFL career, playing 12 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, rushing for 11,938 career yards and 65 touchdowns with five Pro Bowl selections and appearances in four straight Super Bowls. He retired after a final season with the Miami Dolphins in 2000. Thomas has since been elected to both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Who should move on in Face of OSU?
Who is more deserving of Face of OSU, Thurman Thomas or Barry Sanders?