Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders suffers ‘health scare’

detroit lions legend barry sanders suffers ‘health scare’

Detroit Lions legend Barry Sanders suffers ‘health scare’

Detroit Lions legendary running back Barry Sanders revealed on Friday evening that over Father’s Day weekend he suffered a recent medical episode.

“I experienced a health scare related to my heart,” Sanders wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “It was unexpected and served as a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant about our physical well-being, even when we are feeling fine.

“I am grateful for the amazing doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for providing me with needed care. My family and I are thankful for your prayers and support during this time.

“Per my doctors’ recommendation, I am taking this opportunity to prioritize my health and well-being. I appreciate your understanding and continued support.”

No other information was provided about Sanders’ current condition.

The former Lions running back played 10 seasons for the Lions from 1989 to 1998 after being selected with Detroit’s first-round pick (third overall) in the 1989 NFL Draft. After his illustrious career in Detroit, he was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. In recent years, Sanders has been a part of Detroit’s alumni program as an official team ambassador. Last year, the Lions unveiled a statue outside of Ford Field of Sanders to commemorate his iconic career in Detroit.

“It’s been such a wonderful journey for me just being lifted up and cheered on by all the Lions fans out there and Barry Sanders fans,” Sanders said last September. “I really appreciate it. It’s hard to express how much you really mean to me.”

When we get any updates on Sanders’ health, we’ll pass them along.

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