Watch Barry Sanders Attend His First Heisman Ceremony

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The ’88 Heisman Trophy winner is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his win by giving away exclusive memorabilia to fans.

Dec 14, 2013 | 12:39 PM

The 79th Heisman Trophy ceremony will be held tonight, capping off the epic 25th anniversary celebration of Barry Sanders’ momentous ’88 win. It will be the former NFL running back's first time actually attending the Heisman ceremony, and the football legend has taken this opportunity to reach out to the fans who have supported him all these years.

In addition to giving away some awesome swag from his OSU days, Barry also sent a signed jersey to Paul, the Lions fan who was tragically assaulted in Philadelphia after last weekend’s game between the Eagles and Lions. He broadcasted his search via WhoSay:

".@AshleyDunkak - can you help us find the guy that was attacked in Philly? DM @jbbernstein my agent if you can"

After receiving the jersey, Paul said in an interview with CBS Detroit, “I was actually completely, completely in shock, totally. I always really thought highly of Barry as a player, but this makes me kind of think of him as a player and a person in a whole new kind of level. I thought it was pretty cool, and I think I’m a Lions fan because of Barry.”

Barry Sanders has already touched down in New York City for tonight's ceremony, which will air on ESPN at 8 p.m. EST. For more information on the Heisman finalists read here, and make sure to follow Barry’s WhoSay for live updates from the ceremony.

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