Charles Alvin Sanders was born on August 25, 1946, and died on July 2, 2015 from cancer.
He was an American football player who played tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League from 1968 to 1977.
Charles was chosen for the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Charles Sanders and his wife, Georgianna, had ten children and lived in Rochester, Michigan.
One of his daughters, Mary Jo is a pro boxer, and three of his sons played college football: one at Ohio State University, and had a brief NFL career with the Detroit Lions; one son formerly played at Saginaw Valley State University; and one son is currently playing at Saginaw Valley State University, after transferring from Michigan State University.
Charles developed a malignant tumour behind his right knee, which was discovered while he was undergoing knee replacement surgery.
Charles Sanders passed away on July 2, 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan from cancer.