Sanders is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007 and is only the seventh tight end in NFL history to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Overall, Sanders has spent 40 years affiliated with the Detroit Lions organization, including 10 years as a player (1968-77), seven as a broadcaster (1983-88, 1997), eight as a coach (1989-96) and the last 15 as a player personnel scout (1998-13).
After eight years on the Lions’ coaching staff (tight ends in 1989-90 and wide receivers in 1991-96), Sanders spent the 1997 season as a radio broadcaster on the team’s flagship station, WXYT. That assignment added to a radio broadcast resume that includes time as the club’s color commentator from 1983-88.
One of the best tight ends of his era, Sanders caught 336 passes (fifth on the team’s all-time list) during his 10-year career (1968-77) for 4,817 yards. He appeared in seven Pro Bowls, was twice named All-Pro and missed only 12 games during his career.
Drafted by the Lions in the third round from the University of Minnesota in 1968, Sanders was the only rookie that season selected to play in the Pro Bowl and he finished second to then-teammate Earl McCullough for NFL Rookie of the Year honors. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, his native state, in 1997 and the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Sanders and his wife, Georgianna, have nine children -- Mia, Charese, Mary Jo, Georgianna, Charlie Jr., Nathalie, Tallisa, Wayne and Jordan. Daughter Mary Jo was a professional boxer and a six-time world champion and his son Wayne played football for the Saginaw Valley State University.
There was a particular incident that pushed Charlie Sanders out of North Carolina to play football for Minnesota
Speaking at a Walgreens' luncheon at Ford Field, Charlie Sanders said accountability was the Detroit Lions' biggest need for getting back to the playoffs and becoming a consistent winner year-after-year.
Detroitlions.com columnist Mike O'Hara sits down with Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders to discuss the recent Detroit Lions transactions, Sanders at the Super Bowl and the Hall of Fame inductions
Hall of Fame Tight End Charlie Sanders asks the Detroit Lions players and alumni for a moment of silence to honor James Hunter, who passed away Monday.