Lions Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders dies

Detroit Lions Hall of Fame tight end Charlie Sanders has died. Sanders was 68 years old. Sanders was battling cancer. He worked for the Lions for 43 years as a player, broadcaster and scout.

"Today we lost one of the greatest Detroit Lions of all time," team president Tom Lewand said in a statement. "He was a perfect ambassador for our organization and, more important, was a true friend, colleague and mentor to so many of us."

Sanders went to seven Pro Bowls and caught 336 passes for 4,137 yards and 31 touchdowns.

"Charlie was a special person to the entire Lions family for nearly a half-century," Lewand said. "While never forgetting his North Carolina roots, 'Satch' became the consummate Detroit Lion on and off the field." Sanders is survived by his ex-wife Georgianna and their 10 children. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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