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Pro Football Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders joins Jared to give his thoughts on which teams he wants to see playing in Super Bowl LV in Tampa, how Sarah Thomas will make history as the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl game, whether Derrick Henry will rush for over 2,000 yards again, and how he might announce his retirement today after famously calling it quits via fax. PLUS: Barry reveals how to win money by playing Super Bowl Squares hosted by Rocket Mortgage, the official mortgage lender of Super Bowl LV.
JARED QUAY: There's this guy named Tom Brady who is 43 years old. And if he goes to another Super Bowl, does that kind of solidify him in the GOAT of the quarterback conversation?
BARRY SANDERS: It's amazing, just what we're watching here. What we're actually having a chance to witness as a fan. But to answer your question, yes, I think he's already solidified that a long time ago. [LAUGHS].
JARED QUAY: Yeah. I'm glad you said that because if you didn't, I feel like he'd be watching this, and he'd be like, I've got to play five more years.
BARRY SANDERS: I'm sure he's watching. I'm sure he's watching, absolutely.
JARED QUAY: What's up, everybody? I'm here with living legend, Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders. Thank you for rushing with me today, man. How are you doing?
BARRY SANDERS: I'm doing great, man. Thanks for having me.
JARED QUAY: You're here with Rocket Mortgage, the official mortgage sponsor of the Super Bowl. Which team do you think is going to make it all the way this year? Who do you got?
BARRY SANDERS: Well, I mean, we've got some great teams still alive, man, and great match-ups coming up this weekend. How about Mahomes, Rodgers match-up in the Super Bowl? I mean, hopefully, Patrick is OK. For Rocket Mortgage and folks playing the squares, that will maybe work out well for them, to see these guys light up the scoreboard.
Every time there's a score change in the game, someone will have a chance to win $50,000. There's a grand prize of half a million that'll go to two winners. If you're intrigued-- which I'm sure a lot of people should be intrigued-- and curious about this, you can go to rocketmortgagesquares.com to find out more about it. It's free to play.
JARED QUAY: There's going to be some history made this Super Bowl. There's Sarah Thomas-- she's going to become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl. How do you feel about the NFL's outreach and trying to become more co-ed.
BARRY SANDERS: When you talk about her being able to referee the Super Bowl, that means she did a great job this season. She really showed that she deserves to be there. And so I think it's wonderful for the game.
JARED QUAY: I realized that you retired by sending a fax to the Wichita paper, right? And I thought to my head, I was like, wow, was it that long ago, that fax? I was like, I don't even know what the fax is.
BARRY SANDERS: Like, what's a fax, right? What's a fax?
JARED QUAY: If you could re-retire today, would you still do a fax? Or would you have done it another way?
BARRY SANDERS: Maybe I would try, like, a pager or something. You know? Send them a page.
JARED QUAY: Could you see Barry Sanders retiring being a TikTok video?
BARRY SANDERS: Right. Come up with my own little dance. You know, that would be the toughest part-- just coordinating the dance moves. [LAUGHS].
JARED QUAY: You are a legend for several reasons, but you're part of two very exclusive groups. You're a Heisman Trophy winner and you're a 2000-yard rusher in the NFL. And that's a very small group. I want to know, who are you more tighter with? Do you talk to more of the running backs or the Heisman winners?
BARRY SANDERS: Oh, man. You know, it's just two awesome groups to be a part of. It would be tough for me to answer that one. [LAUGHS].
JARED QUAY: It's hard to pick one over the other. I thought you were going to say Derrick Henry. Obviously, you guys both did it so it's kind of cool.
BARRY SANDERS: Great respect to Derrick and what he's been able to accomplish. I wouldn't be surprised to see him maybe do it more than once. I think he's that kind of player. I think that, over the last couple of years, outside of Patrick Mahomes and maybe Aaron Rodgers, he's been the most dominant player. So he's certainly-- I don't know what he's getting paid, but he probably deserves $300 or $400 million. I think he's probably the closest thing to, like, Jim Brown that we've really seen. And the future is bright for him.