Barry Sanders reveals 'health scare' from Father's Day weekend

Lions legend Barry Sanders will be taking a hiatus from public appearances due to a health scare last weekend.
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On Friday evening, Detroit Lions Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders announced on Twitter that he had a health scare he had over Father's Day weekend. He thanked the medical professionals that took care of him, as well as fans for their thoughts and prayers.

"Over Father's Day weekend, I experienced a health scare related to my heart. 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 his opportunity to prioritize my health and well-being. I appreciate your understanding and continued support.”

Sanders didn't go into detail about the health scare beyond saying it was heart-related, but it appears he's ok now and that's great news. He will turn 56 next month (July 16).

Barry Sanders prioritizing health after scare over Father's Day weekend

The end of the statement suggests Sanders will be., on doctor's orders, taking a hiatus from any public appearances in his work for the Lions or otherwise. He made an appearance at the draft in Detroit back in April.

After his sudden retirement in 1999, now approaching the 25th anniversary to the day, Sanders' relationship with the Lions has greatly improved in recent years as he has become part of the alumni program as an official team ambassador. A statute of him outside Ford Field was unveiled before last season's home opener.

Sanders spent all 10 seasons of his career with the Lions (1989-1998), rushing for 15,269 yards (fourth all-time) and earning Pro Bowl nods in all 10 campaigns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.


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