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07:39 AM ET 09.15 | At his best, Bob Sanders had the game to be one of the NFL's most electrifying players. He was Ronnie Lott and Steve Atwater in this ridiculous, 5-foot-nothing, 200-plus-pound package of muscles, roaming the field like a guided missile with a nasty disposition. When he hit somebody, he didn't leave remember-me hits, because a lot of guys couldn't remember their own names and phone numbers after he dropped the bomb on them. He was The Eraser, not just erasing mistakes, but erasing memories, like a computer virus. ... And now: It's very likely Sanders has played his last down as an Indianapolis Colt.

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September 15, 2010  07:44 AM ET

I do wish him well... he's been an asset to football in general and the Colts in particular.

But when the body can't do it anymore, it's time to move on...

September 15, 2010  07:49 AM ET

He's a great plsyer, but if he can't stay healthy, gotta turn the page.

September 15, 2010  07:54 AM ET

Those violent hits guys are throwing around now do more to cut their own careers than to punish ballcarriers. They're sacrificing their bodies to make the highlight reel. The diagnosis should be SportsCenter Syndrome.

September 15, 2010  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Those violent hits guys are throwing around now do more to cut their own careers than to punish ballcarriers. They're sacrificing their bodies to make the highlight reel. The diagnosis should be SportsCenter Syndrome.

Good point. In fact, really good point.

September 15, 2010  08:00 AM ET

Safeties and running backs, the two positions that define Not For Long in the NFL.

September 15, 2010  08:03 AM ET

time to pull up the rocking chair.

September 15, 2010  08:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Those violent hits guys are throwing around now do more to cut their own careers than to punish ballcarriers. They're sacrificing their bodies to make the highlight reel. The diagnosis should be SportsCenter Syndrome.

Took the words right out of my mouth.

September 15, 2010  08:04 AM ET

Sad to say "done". He barely got started. Great player (when he was able to play).

September 15, 2010  08:08 AM ET

He is 29 years old...but I don't think he's done yet, way too talented.

September 15, 2010  08:15 AM ET

OT: but not a Chargers thread. Anyways was watching the Monday night game and I could have swore my 19 month old daughter was playing QB for SD. When things don't go her way she throws whatever is in her hand on the ground, kicks it and then starts crying... sound familiar? I don't know what it is about SD but this is the second time they have got a QB with the anger management control of a toddler.

September 15, 2010  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He is 29 years old...but I don't think he's done yet, way too talented.

You can have all the talent in the world, but if injuries prevent that talent from shining, then you can't do much about it. The Colts can't continually have him take up a roster spot if he's constantly hurt and can't play.

September 15, 2010  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I do wish him well... he's been an asset to football in general and the Colts in particular. But when the body can't do it anymore, it's time to move on...

Word...

September 15, 2010  08:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I do wish him well... he's been an asset to football in general and the Colts in particular. But when the body can't do it anymore, it's time to move on...

Fully agree here. He's a good guy and a great player, when healthy. The body just cannot take it and that's quite apparent. Probably time to hang them up. Although I did read an interesting comment yesterday about placing him on IR for the season and activating him for the playoffs...that might work.

September 15, 2010  08:22 AM ET

If a team were to move him to Weak Side Inside linebacker (on a 3-4), or Middle Linebacker on a 4-3, he'll still be effective at stopping the run, be an excellent defender against RBs and TEs in the pass game, and still able to make his stops in the run game, just not as violently. The main benefit of this move would be he wouldn't be killing himself all the time, and he might be able to stay on the field... I think it's worth a shot.

September 15, 2010  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He's a great plsyer, but if he can't stay healthy, gotta turn the page.

Age is a "wonderful" thing. Unfortunately for the Colts, Sanders is just another pillar of a once dominant NFL team that has seen it's best days. I'm not Colts fan, in fact I can't stand Payton Manning, arguably one of the best QB's to play the game. But Sanders made it fun to watch as he was a modern day Ronnie Lott who played the game like it was meant to be played. But all those hard hits took their toll on one heck of a football player. If there was ever a guy who deserved to be in the NOF, it is Bob Sanders. Whoever picks him, still will get one helluva of a player, who at half the capability (because of age), is still better than anything coming ouit of college these days.

September 15, 2010  08:28 AM ET

I seem to remember Ronnie Lott opting to cut off a pinky finger so he could get back to the field...

Sorry Mr. Sanders, that arm has got to come off...

At least you won't be called for holding.

September 15, 2010  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

If a team were to move him to Weak Side Inside linebacker (on a 3-4), or Middle Linebacker on a 4-3, he'll still be effective at stopping the run, be an excellent defender against RBs and TEs in the pass game, and still able to make his stops in the run game, just not as violently. The main benefit of this move would be he wouldn't be killing himself all the time, and he might be able to stay on the field... I think it's worth a shot.

I'll give you a monster back like Polamalu, lining up a bit of everywhere taking up like a nickelback/safety/linebacker hybrid role depending on the offensive set but as an every down linebacker no way....he is not going to be able to shed a pulling guards block like an ILB needs to do, and just the blocks alone will take a toll on him.

September 15, 2010  08:31 AM ET

Thanks for the memories Bob Sanders...

September 15, 2010  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Age is a "wonderful" thing. Unfortunately for the Colts, Sanders is just another pillar of a once dominant NFL team that has seen it's best days. I'm not Colts fan, in fact I can't stand Payton Manning, arguably one of the best QB's to play the game. But Sanders made it fun to watch as he was a modern day Ronnie Lott who played the game like it was meant to be played. But all those hard hits took their toll on one heck of a football player. If there was ever a guy who deserved to be in the NOF, it is Bob Sanders. Whoever picks him, still will get one helluva of a player, who at half the capability (because of age), is still better than anything coming ouit of college these days.

I still think there is about a 60% chance he is a Colt next year.....but he will probably be the backup safety behind Bullitt and/or Behtea, and he will have to be willing to restructure his contract down to about 1/4 of the 5 mil I think it is worth next year.

 
September 15, 2010  08:35 AM ET
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Word!!

morning chico.

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