Alexis Ohanian shares his ‘heartbreaking’ thoughts on NFL icon Barry Sanders’ upcoming Amazon documentary ‘Bye Bye Barry’
Sanders shocked the sports world when he announced his retirement at the age of 31.
Barry Sanders and Alexis Ohanian (Credits : Getty Images)
Reddit co-founder and founder of the venture capital firm Seven Seven Six, Alexis Ohanian, an avid football fan, shared his thoughts on the upcoming sports documentary ‘Bye Bye Barry’. The documentary is based on Hall of Fame Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. Sanders has partnered with Amazon Prime Video and the documentary will be released on November 21.
Sanders announced his retirement at the peak of his career in 1999, at the age of 31. Ohanian expressed his lament on the fact that the current generation couldn’t witness his greatness live. “Breaks my heart that there’s a generation of NFL fans who have no idea who he is because they never saw his greatness live,” he said, in a post shared on ‘X’.
In the documentary, Barry opens up about his life and his decision of early retirement. At the time of his retirement, Sanders was just 1,457 yards shy of surpassing Walter Payton for the all-time NFL rushing record. This isn’t the first time he has spoken about his retirement decision.
Breaks my heart that there's a generation of NFL fans who have no idea who he is because they never saw his greatness live.— Alexis Ohanian 🧠 (@alexisohanian) September 17, 2023
In 2003, he wrote his autobiography, “Now You See Him … His Story in His Own Words”. According to an AP story at the time, Sanders shared that he retired because he was frustrated over the Lions’ inability to build a winning team.
In 2007, he was ranked by NFL Networks’ NFL Top 10 series as the most elusive runner in NFL history and was placed No. 1 on the list of the greatest players never to play in a Super Bowl.
Alexis Ohanian and Serena Williams’ passion for the NFL
Ohanian, and his 23-time Grand Slam champion wife, Serena Williams have shown a strong inclination towards the NFL. Earlier this week, Alexis shared an old newspaper clipping of him supporting the NFL’s Washington Commanders.
The American businessman resorted to Twitter(now called X) to share an old newspaper clipping of him supporting the Commanders. He captioned this image with, “My mom saved all my business press. My dad saved this, “ jokingly. The newspaper clipping showed a younger, worried version of Alexis Ohanian as the Redskins seem to be losing their stand.
According to many reports, Serena and her sister Venus Williams own a minority stake in the NFL team Miami Dolphins. As of August 2022, the Miami Dolphin’s valuation soared to an estimated $4.6 billion, according to Forbes.
Williams and Ohanian have often been spotted at the Super Bowl and are friends with NFL legend Tom Brady.
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