I have done enough of these I had to take some time off. Clear my head an come at this thing fresh. Sorry if I upset anyone but these post done properly take time and when it feels forced they never come out the way I hoped. I am looking to nail this one so here it goes.
The greatest tight end in Lions history atleast for now still remains as Charlie Sanders. Although Pettigrew looks to have the abillitys and work ethic to chase that honor. Charlie Sanders born in 1946 in North Carolina, left his mark long ago and remains with the organization to this day. From 1968 to 1977 Charlie Sanders was a key player in the Lions offense. Considered one of the players who helped change the tight end postion Charlie was a true threat in the passing game. In 1968 the Lions selected Charlie Alvin Sanders in the 3rd round of the University of Minnesota.
Sanders was not only a great reciver he was well renound for his blocking abillity. Drafted in 1968 Sanders was the starting tight end for 10 years in Detroit. A 7 time Pro Bowler Sanders had 336 career receptions. The NFL named Sanders to there All Decade team of the 1970's. Lions also named him the the 75th Anniversary team. Sanders played 128 games for the Lions and totaled 4,817 yards of offense. He retired in 1977 with a career that finally found him in the national football hall of fame in 2007. He is currently the assistant director of personal for the Detroit Lions. Aside from that has also been the color commentator for the Lions radio broadcast in the 80's. He still works the Pre-Season games for the Lions broadcast and has also co-wrote a book called Tales of the Detroit Lions.
Sadly Charlie is many of the historic Lions players that has little information availible. Charlie Sanders was one of the true greats at his position. Not only in the 70's but to this day Charlie Should be recognized as one of the true greats. He was given that honor when he was elected into Canton. Probably years to late but atleast his career will forever be honored in the hall. Charlie Sanders was a great player and a good teammate. His loyalty to this franchise speaks volumes about the type of person he is.