In an era where the tight end served more as a blocker than as a pass catcher, it did not take long before he became the Lions’ secret weapon. When I was in high school, he was already at the University of Minnesota. He was 68.

Joe DeLamielleure | Jack Christiansen (1970) | Nach seinem zweiten Lebensjahr wurde er überwiegend von einer Tante erzogen, da seine Mutter gestorben war.

His athletic prowess drew the attention of the Detroit Lions who selected him in the third round of the 1968 draft. Regarded as one of the best tight ends of his era, he was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.

Roger Wehrli | Sanders went to seven Pro Bowls and finished his playing career in 1977 with a franchise-record 336 receptions, 4,137 yards and 31 touchdowns — good enough numbers to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

He launched The Charlie Sanders Foundation in 2007, which funded at least two scholarships each year for students in Oakland County. Sanders spielte siebenmal im Pro Bowl, dem Abschlussspiel der besten Spieler einer Saison. He started the Have A Heart Save A Life program after learning about the death of prep player Wes Leonard, a Michigan native who collapsed and died just minutes after making the game-winning shot to give his team a 20-0 record.

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More prolific play continued the following year as Sanders recorded the finest season of his career. Jack Ham | Chuck Noll | Barry Sanders (2004) |

Franco Harris | Robert Brazile | So when Sanders walked away from the field, he couldn’t just ditch Detroit. Paul Warfield | Alex Wojciechowicz (1968), Charlie Sanders in der North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Statistik NFL-Play-off-Spiel Dallas Cowboys gegen Detroit Lions 1970, Mitglieder in der Pro Football Hall of Fame,, American-Football-Spieler (Detroit Lions), „Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike“, Sanders, Charles Alvin (vollständiger Name), US-amerikanischer American-Football-Spieler und -Trainer, Detroit Lions 75th Anniversary All Time Team.

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Jim Bakken | Stelle gedraftet. He caught 42 passes for 656 yards and 3 TDs. Use of this website (including any and all parts and components) constitutes your acceptance of these TERMS OF USE and PRIVACY POLICY.

Carl Eller | Longtime owner William Clay Ford was the only person in franchise history to spend more time with the Detroit Lions than Charlie Sanders, the former standout Gopher who died on Thursday. His athletic prowess drew the attention of the Detroit Lions who selected him in the third round of the 1968 draft.

Why don't they leave me alone like any other tight end?". Charlie Sanders was a collegiate star in both football and basketball at the University of Minnesota.

Bobby Bell | Willie Brown | Joe Schmidt (1973) | DETROIT — Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders, who attended the University of Minnesota, epitomized Detroit’s blue-collar roots. His 4,817 receiving yards was second in the team’s record book.

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Fans adored his gritty work ethic. Profikarriere Charles Sanders wurde im Jahr 1968 von den von Joe Schmidt trainierten Detroit Lions in der dritten Runde an 74. Mike Webster |

Ken Stabler | Ray Guy, Lem Barney (1992) | He became one of the first pro football players with a basketball background to excel in the NFL and emerged as the heart and soul of Motown’s pro football team.

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Harvey Martin | Pass Receiving Titles: 1968*, 1969, 1970, 1971*, 1973, 1975*, High School: James B. Dudley (Greensboro, NC), Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 3, 2007, Presenter: William Clay Ford, Detroit Lions Owner and Chariman, Other Members of the Class of 2007: Gene Hickerson, Michael Irvin, Bruce Matthews, Thurman Thomas, Roger Wehrli, Drafted: 3rd round (74th player overall) in 1968 by Detroit Lions, Sign up and get Insider's information & Special Offers. Coaches found him to be a prized pupil and a talented teacher. Art Shell | For his efforts, he was named first-team All-NFL, the first of three straight all-league selections for Sanders.

Juli 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan) war ein US-amerikanischer American-Football-Spieler. Dan Dierdorf | All-Pro: 1970 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW), 1971 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW), All-Western Conference: 1969 (SN) He earned first- or second team all-conference selections in 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, and 1976. Gene Upshaw |

By the time he retired following the 1977 season, Sanders ranked as the Lions’ all-time leading receptions leader with 336 career grabs. Im Jahr 1967 gewann er mit seiner Footballmannschaft die Big Ten Conference. Doak Walker (1986) |

Not surprisingly, Sanders enjoyed instant success in the National Football League. Longtime owner William Clay Ford was the only person in franchise history to spend more time with the Lions.

All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Bob Lilly | "Today we lost one of the greatest Detroit Lions of all time," team president Tom Lewand said in a statement.

As a rookie in 1968, the 6’4”, 230-pound tight end hauled in 40 passes for 533 yards and scored one TD.

Lions spokesman Matt Barnhart said the team confirmed Sanders’ death through family members.

FOX and FOX SPORTS are trademarks of FOX Media LLC. On Thursday, the man who spent 43 years in the Lions’ organization as a player, broadcaster and scout died in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak after battling cancer. [3rd] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Career - 31

Lynn Swann | Dick LeBeau (2010) | [Tied for 3rd] Most Receptions, Game - 10 (at Washington, Dec. 15, 1968), Team Statistical Championships Charlie Sanders wurde in Richlands geboren, im Alter von acht Jahren zog er mit seinem Vater nach dessen Militärdienstzeit nach Greensboro, wo er auch die High School besuchte.

Greenwood | Charlie Sanders | Von 1989 bis 1996 war er dort als Assistenztrainer tätig. Terry Bradshaw | Following his run of all-pro years, Sanders suffered a broken shoulder during a 1972 preseason game that forced him to miss action during the regular season.

Charlie was a three-sport star, great in football, basketball and baseball. His single greatest game of his career came in that season’s finale when he had 10 receptions for 133 yards against the Washington Redskins. Earl „Dutch“ Clark (1963) | Er wurde sechsmal zum All-Pro gewählt und ist Mitglied im NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, in der Pro Football Hall of Fame, in der North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame und im Detroit Lions 75th Anniversary All Time Team. Rick Upchurch | Larry Wilson |

Jim Langer | He had to try and look the part after Detroit drafted him in the third round.

[1][2] Bis zu seinem Karriereende im Jahr 1977 gelang es Sanders nicht mehr mit seinem Team in die Play-offs einzuziehen. Charlie Sanders arbeitete seit dem Ende seiner Laufbahn in verschiedenen Funktionen in der Organisation der Detroit Lions.

He worked in the team’s community relations department and was a spokesman for The March of Dimes and the United Way.

Sanders recorded 30 or more catches in a season seven times and amassed more than 500 receiving yards in six seasons. Stelle gedraftet. From 1989-96, he was an assistant coach and helped mentor Herman Moore, who eventually broke Sanders’ career receptions record. And when Detroit’s booming economy became the American standard, Sanders was rewriting football history with a trend-setting career. Last year, Sanders was honored by the St. Jude ALSAC Children’s Research Hospital for his community work.

Not surprisingly, Sanders enjoyed instant success in the National Football League.

And those who played with him or worked with him will never forget the impact the North Carolina native made on the sport — or in his adopted hometown. 1991 konnte er mit seiner Mannschaft in das NFC Championship Game einziehen, wo man allerdings den Washington Redskins mit 41:10 unterlag. Rayfield Wright | ©2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame All Rights Reserved. John Henry Johnson (1987) |

Charlie Sanders died today, one of the best athletes Greensboro has ever seen taken at 68 by cancer found too late in the back of his knee. Ollie Matson (1972) |

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Sanders was the lone rookie to earn a Pro Bowl selection that season. Er spielte als Tight End in der National Football League (NFL) bei den Detroit Lions. Walter Payton |

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Er betreute unter anderem den mehrfach für den Pro Bowl nominierten Wide Receiver Herman Moore.

Dick „Night Train“ Lane (1974) |

Billy Johnson |

Don Shula | Moore wrote on Twitter.

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Jack Lambert | But it was off the field where Sanders may have made his greatest contributions.

Sanders, who was the Lions’ leader or co-leader in receiving six times during his 10 seasons in Detroit, was voted to seven Pro Bowls.

Charlie might have beaten out hometown boy, Larry Sherry, for World Series' MVP had Chicago's "Jungle Jim Rivera," in game five, bottom of the seventh, not robbed Charlie of …

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Recorded 30 or more receptions seven times, 500-plus receiving yards six seasons ... Lions’ all-time reception leader (336) at time of retirement ... Team’s leader or co-leader in receptions six of his 10 seasons ... Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s ,,, Born August 25, 1946 in Richlands, North Carolina ... Died July 2, 2015, at age 68.

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