The Detroit Lions will honor Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders by wearing a decal on their helmets during the 2015 season, according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.
Sanders, who passed away earlier this month, was a Lion for life.
First, as a player from 1968-1977, Sanders produced tremendous pass-catching figures, finishing his career with 336 receptions for 4,817 yards and 31 touchdowns. He made seven Pro Bowls during his 10-year career and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
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After retiring from the playing field, Sanders entered radio broadcasting and did color commentary for Lions games (1983-1988, 1997). From there, he joined the Lions coaching staff (wide receivers coach, 1989-1996) and, later, the front office (scout, 1998-1999; assistant director of pro personnel, 2000-2015). He was always charitable and very active in the Detroit community.
Sanders was 68 years old when he lost his battle with cancer on July 2.