Barry Sanders — the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back — and Bernie Sanders — the U.S. senator from Vermont and Democratic Party candidate for president — are different people. Apparently, not everyone knows that.
Country music legend Garth Brooks recently performed at Ford Field in Detroit, home of the Lions, where he took the stage in a Barry Sanders No. 20 jersey. It appeased the roaring crowd of over 70,000 people for obvious reasons. Sanders played his entire professional career in Detroit and rushed for the fourth-most yards in NFL history. Twenty years after his retirement, he remains one of the most beloved and well-known figures in all of Michigan.
After the show, Brooks posted a photo on Facebook showing off the jersey.
Some people in the comments section of the post evidently aren't familiar with one of the greatest running backs in pro football history.
Facebook forgot who Barry Sanders is and is freaking out at Garth Brooks for wearing a jersey and I’m dying. pic.twitter.com/wVfAKU7Cn1
— Jason Vincent (@jasoncvincent) February 27, 2020
Dozens of comments poured in from people who confused Sanders the athlete with Sanders the politician. One person called Brooks "a big freaking liberal socialist," while another said, "Don't care about your politics. Love your music. Let's keep politics and your entertainment separate."
These commenters seemingly associated the No. 20 with the election year of 2020 and assumed Brooks was making a presidential endorsement.
Brooks and Barry Sanders were both college athletes at Oklahoma State. Brooks received a track scholarship and graduated in 1984, two years before Barry Sanders started his freshman season in Stillwater. The former OSU Cowboys caught wind of the story Friday and took to Twitter to share a laugh.
— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) February 28, 2020
— Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) February 28, 2020
The Lions' Twitter account joined in on the fun, too.
There's no record of who the country singer supports politically. There is, however, a record of how great the running back was. In fact, there is an abundance of proof. He set 34 FBS records in college and holds 22 more in the NFL.
It doesn't matter what the commenters on Garth Brooks' social media say. It's 2020 and everyone should support Barry Sanders.