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Go to Stillwater to See Barry Sanders Statue……..

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / COWBOYS FOOTBALL: OSU running back Barry Sanders during game against Missouri in Stillwater. Staff Photo by Paul Hellstern



Maybe one day the folks in charge of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, will see the light of day and build a statue to honor the greatest of all gridiron Cowboys, Barry Sanders.  Arguably the greatest running back in college football history (and it is ok Herschel, Bo, Jim, and Archie, you are honored here) Barry Sanders did have he best one season ever in the game statistically. That is not debatable.


Other schools honor their greatest in many way, but “the statue” is the most honored means to do so, and the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner is more deserving of his own bronze, or whatever metal, than any former player of the game of college football.  He has been dishonored by OSU by letting this slip in the passing of time.


What are the powers-in-charge at OSU waiting for?  I can not think of any reason to deny the “Great Barry” his due.  The man was want you wanted in a college superstar while in class at the school. He represented the Pokes after he moved on as one of the two or three greatest players in NFL history and is now an arch supporter of the athletic program since his retirement from football many years ago.


The reflection that OSU is giving off is not good, and if anyone at the Stillwater school has any say to get the ball moving in having a permanent reminder of this man on campus, where visitors to the football stadium can view and pay their respects this man, now is the time to act.


OSU, you have fumbled the ball with regard to Mr. Sanders. 


That is the way I see it sports fans. 




About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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