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Sanders inducted into Cowboy Football Ring of Honor

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Former Cowboy running back and 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders rushes the ball at Lewis Field.

Shaped from bronze and displayed outside of Boone Pickens Stadium, Barry Sanders will soon be enshrined in Stillwater. 

On Nov. 13, 2021, The Oklahoma State Cowboys will host TCU in Stillwater, and during the game, induct Barry Sanders into the Cowboy Football Ring of Honor, as well as give him a statue outside of Boone Pickens Stadium. 

It will be the second statue the Cowboys have outside the stadium, with the first being T. Boone Pickens. The statue will be sculpted by Harold Holden, who made Pickens' statue in 2020. 

Sanders will join teammate Thurman Thomas as the only members in the Cowboy Football Ring of Honor, having his name and jersey memorialized inside the stadium. 

Coach Mike Gundy said in 2018 a statue of Sanders has been on his wish list for some time, as a way to help OSU continue to have relationships with past players. 

"We will have a statue of Barry up," Gundy said. "We're going to do a better job of recognizing former players."

This is another nod of recognition OSU has given Sanders in the past several years. Sanders was one of OSU's homecoming grand marshals in 2018, in honor of the 30th anniversary of him winning the Heisman Trophy.  

"You have no idea how much it means, after all these years, to have so many people still care so deeply about what we accomplished a team (in 1988)," Sanders said in 2018.