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Charlie Sanders, Mel Farr
Aug-13

Charlie Sanders, Mel Farr

Barry Sanders has lasting memories of fellow Lions legends Charlie Sanders and Mel Farr for what they meant to the franchise as players and also for the impact they had on him as a young player and throughout his career.

Barry Sanders has lasting memories of fellow Lions legends Charlie Sanders and Mel Farr for what they meant to the franchise as players and also for the impact they had on him as a young player and throughout his career.

Farr and Sanders were teammates on the Lions for most of their careers and remained close to the franchise and its players in different capacities.

Sanders, who died on July 2 after a battle with cancer, was a Hall of Fame tight end who played for the Lions from 1968 until his retirement after the 1977 season.

Farr, an All-American running back at UCLA drafted by the Lions in the first-round in 1967, died last week at his home in Metro Detroit. He was a two-time Pro Bowl running back and the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in ’67. He retired after the 1973 season.

While Farr went into business almost immediately after retirement and became well known as an auto dealer based primarily in Metro Detroit, Sanders worked for the Lions in a number of capacities. He was an assistant coach, in charge of wide receivers, for the first eight years of Sanders career (1989-96).

Barry Sanders and Charlie Sanders are not related.

“One of the first people I met when I came to town was Charlie Sanders,” Barry said. “I knew he’d been done playing for a little while, but still around the organization. He was one of those guys he loved to laugh. He loved football.

“He was a Lion through and through. He cared more about this organization than anyone else. He did everything he could to make this a successful organization. He cared about the Lions. It was a tremendous loss.

“He always told you exactly what he felt, and he gave you good advice as a player.”

Barry, who was not related to Charlie, took to heart something Charlie told him in one of their first meetings.

“I remember him sitting me down and pointing out the fact that one thing to keep in mind is, you never want to look back and have regret,” Barry said. “The player is the only one who knows if you’re selling out or not. Sometimes you can fool the coaches.

“That was 100-percent solid advice.”


RB Mel Farr (Photo: AP Images)

Barry’s connection with Farr was more business-related, because Mel was not with the Lions in any official capacity during Barry’s playing career.

“Mel was one of a kind,” Barry said. “I just know him as the car dealer, a businessman. We had many conversations, but very few about football. He had great experiences in life.

“Mel was a unique person, one of a kind. He often give advice if you wanted it, but at the same time he was careful about it. He was someone as an ex-player that players can learn from to prepare for life after football.

“He was a great example.”

 

Source:

By Mike O'Hara | Columnist | Detroitlions.com

http://www.detroitlions.com/news/ohara/article-1/Barry-Sanders-remembers-Charlie-Sanders-Mel-Farr/368909d5-6c22-4b72-91cd-57d1db4d4149




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