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Barry Sanders to be inducted into OSU Ring of Honor; will become first OSU player with a statue
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Barry Sanders to be inducted into OSU Ring of Honor; will become first OSU player with a statue

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Former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders will be added to the OSU Ring of Honor, the school announced Thursday.

The former Detroit Lion is also getting a statue that is currently being worked on by Harold Holden. Holden also sculpted the Boone Pickens statue that was erected last year.

Plans for a Sanders statue have been in the works for a while, and he will become the first OSU player to have a statue outside of Boone Pickens Stadium once it’s completed.

He will join 2020 inductee Thurman Thomas as the second player to have his name and jersey number added to the Ring of Honor when the Cowboys host TCU on Nov. 13.

Sanders was awarded 1988 Heisman Trophy after producing one of the best seasons by a running back in college football history. Sanders is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His jersey number — 21 — is one of just four numbers not in use at OSU.

OSU coach Mike Gundy, who was a teammate of Sanders’, said in 2018 that a statue of Sanders was “in the works.”

“We’re going to do a better job of recognizing former players,” Gundy said at the time. “Our stadium is perfect for a ring of honor or something like that. We have a lot of things like that moving in the right direction as we speak.”

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy talks about his quarterback's growth and COVID vaccinations on his team. Ian Maule/Tulsa World

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