Sanders retired as the Lions' all-time leading receiver. He had 336 career catches for 4,817 yards and 31 TDs.
At 6'4", 230 pounds, Charlie was an excellent blocker also.
In an era when tight ends blocked more than caught, Sanders hauled in 40 or more catches in each of his first three seasons.
Sanders great athletic ability made him the Lions' secret weapon on offense.
Sanders was the Lions' 3rd round pick (74th player overall) in the 1968 draft.
Charlie was voted to seven Pro Bowls, more than any other tight end enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Sanders was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1970s.
Charlie took time out during 2007 Pro Bowl festivities to autograph photos and other items.
Charlie Sanders excitement could not be contained as he addressed an international media corps at the Super Bowl shortly after learning of his election on February 3.
Charlie reflects on his career during a press conference in Honolulu prior to the 2007 Pro Bowl.
Charlie Sanders delivers his Hall of Fame speech on Aug. 4, 2007.
Sanders smiles while signing autographs during the 2013 Enshrinement Weekend.
Sanders gets ready to pose during the 2014 Gold Jacket Photo Op.
Sanders poses with his bust and HOF presenter William Clay Ford.
Charlie Sanders' Hall of Fame mural.
Charlie Sanders' Hall of Fame bust