His seven Pro Bowl appearances are more than any other Hall of Fame tight end.
Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1970s.
His daughter Mary Jo is a professional boxer.
Retired as the Lions’ all-time leading receiver with 336 catches.
Leader or co-leader in receptions for Lions, six times in his 10-year career
Caught a career-high 10 passes for 133 yards in last game of his rookie year.
"Without any question, he's the greatest route-running tight end ever in the league and the greatest blocking tight end ever in the league." – Hall of Famer Lem Barney
“I’m elated – I’m kind of numb right now.” – Charlie Sanders after learning he had been elect to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
“He’s one of the few receivers I’ve ever seen who when the ball comes to him loses perspective of where he is. It wasn’t until the ball was caught that he realized he might be parallel to the ground or that he was going to do a cartwheel. A lot of players wouldn’t make the catches he did, but Charlie had that concentration.” – Former Lions’ QB Greg Landry
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