Hall of Fame running back discloses that he had recent health scare


Barry Sanders revealed some personal news on Friday.

The Hall of Fame running back disclosed in a statement that he had a health scare over the Father’s Day weekend related to his heart.

Sanders turns 56 on July 16. He played in the NFL from 1989 to 1998 and spent his entire career with the Detroit Lions.

Sanders led the NFL in rushing in 1997 with 2,053 yards, and also led the league in rushing touchdowns in 1991 with 16. He was honored as the NFL MVP in 1997 and walked away from the game after the following season.

Though Sanders’ relationship with the Lions was strained after his retirement, he reconciled with the team and became an ambassador for them in 2017. Last year they even put up a statue in honor of him.

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