It is understandable for fans to think Miles Sanders would have some relation to former Lions great Barry Sanders. Miles plays running back just like Barry did, but the Penn State player is not related to the Hall-of-Famer. This does not mean Miles did not receive some inspiration from the player with whom he shares the same last name.
“I looked up to Barry Sanders a lot,” Miles explained to the Post-Gazette. “I’ve watched Todd Gurley. I watched LeSean McCoy, Le’Veon [Bell], Ezekiel [Elliott]. I watch all those guys. When I want to watch backs in the NFL, that’s what I watch film on, just to see how they see the defense, how they run through holes and break tackles and stuff.”
As for Barry, he has four children: Barry J., Nigel, Noah and Nicholas. Barry J. Sanders followed in his father’s footsteps and played college football. Barry J. spent three seasons at Stanford before transferring to his father’s alma mater, Oklahoma State.
“It’s been fun,” Barry J. told NFL.com while he was playing for Oklahoma State. “It’s been a lot of fun, just being back home closer to family and friends, just getting a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do. … No regrets. I still have yet to have any true regrets in life, so I’m planning on keeping it that way.”
Barry J. rushed for 765 yards and seven touchdowns during 2013-2016. His best season came his junior year at Stanford when he rushed for 315 yards and four touchdowns. Barry teamed up with Christian McCaffrey in the Stanford backfield. Both backs had former NFL players as fathers.
Source: Heavy Sports