New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has released the following statement on the passing of former Detroit Lions and Hall of Fame TE Charlie Sanders. Belichick worked as tight end coach for the Lions in 1977.
"I was in my second year of coaching when I had the honor and pleasure of coaching Charlie Sanders. He was a very hard worker and a true professional who always had a great attitude toward the team and his teammates. He was a prototype tight end that could block, run, and catch and was a mismatch player against virtually every opponent. Charlie was a pure gentleman to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sanders family."