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Ex-Lions quarterback shades Barry Sanders, rips critics after getting backlash in doc about running back

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Barry Sanders' sudden retirement back in 1999 is making the rounds again, even 24 years later, with Amazon Prime Video's latest documentary about the legendary running back.

The Detroit Lions legend is simply one of the greatest running backs to play the game, but when discussing his career, it's practically always mentioned that he never won a Super Bowl.

The documentary discusses Sanders' lack of playoff success, which many believe was parlayed into his abrupt retirement after 10 NFL seasons, and how the Lions never had quarterback play to take them to the next level.


Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders (C) finds an opening after getting a hand-off from quarterback Scott Mitchell (L) as San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young defends 23 December in San Francisco. Sanders became the NFL's leading rusher as the 49ers defeated the Lions, 24-14. (JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP via Getty Images)

Detroit tried to make that narrative go away before it started when they acquired Scott Mitchell before the 1994 season, thanks to his impressive play when filling in for an injured Dan Marino with the Miami Dolphins. However, he was unable to sustain that same success, and he gets some criticism in the new "Bye Bye Barry."

Mitchell wrote in a Facebook post that he watched the documentary, which he said was "not a very pleasant experience" because of the criticism he got in it.

"I am so tired of hearing how I was the reason that Barry Sanders never won a Super Bowl. I'm so tired of hearing how I was not a good QB. My only response is F___K YOU ALL!!!!!" he wrote.

Mitchell said that it was