Originally created 11/27/98

Milestone day for Barry Sanders



PONTIAC, Mich. -- Barry Sanders is running with an exclusive crowd.

He joined Walter Payton on Thursday in becoming the second player in NFL history to rush for more than 15,000 career yards.

The milestone came on a day when Sanders gained only 33 yards on 20 carries in the Detroit Lions' 19-16 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sanders gained enough to finish with 15,003 career yards. He ranks second on the NFL list behind Payton's 16,726 yards.

Sanders topped 15,000 with a nine-yard run to the Steelers' 24-yard line one play before Jason Hanson kicked the winning 42-yard field goal in overtime.

Sanders also caught one pass for 20 yards against the Steelers and became only the third NFL player to top 18,000 combined rushing and receiving yards.

Payton also leads that list at 21,803 while Herschel Walker is second with 18,168 and Sanders has 18,026.