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Super 30: Barry J. Sanders remains grounded despite constant attention

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 23, 2011

And his teammates make sure Sanders doesn't start to grow a big head.

“I don't think he's changed at all,” Wakefield said. “He's still just ‘Skinny' to us. He's definitely one of us. We keep him humble.”

One of the guys off the field, Sanders is certainly hoping to be one of the guys on the field this season.

A foot injury in Week 6 derailed his season, and Sanders is close to 100 percent recovered from foot surgery in the winter.

Before the setback, Sanders was on pace for some ridiculous numbers. Instead, he finished with solid numbers. He rushed for 1,168 yards on just 96 attempts and 16 touchdowns, a staggering 12 yards per carry. He also had two receiving touchdowns.

All Sanders could do was watch on the sidelines as Heritage Hall claimed its third state championship. With all the key pieces returning for the Chargers, Heritage Hall is once again the favorite to hoist another gold ball in December.

There's pressure on Sanders to make his commitment. There's pressure on Heritage Hall to win the championship. But you wouldn't know it in talking to Sanders.

“This is what is to be expected,” Sanders said. “Everybody wants to be the best and is coming at you. That's what you want to be a part of.”