Charles Alvin "Charlie" Sanders
Charlie Sanders played basketball and football at Dudley before becoming a two-sport star at the University of Minnesota. One of top tight ends in football history, Sanders was selected in the third round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions where he played until 1977. Sanders had an unusual combination of size, speed, and agility which enabled him to catch 336 passes in his NFL career for 4,817 yards and 31 touchdowns. Sanders played in the Pro Bowl seven times and was named All-Pro in 1970 and 1971. Sanders was named to the Detroit Lions 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team. Sanders served as a color analyst on the Lions radio broadcasts from 1983-1988, worked with the team as an assistant in charge of wide receivers from 1986-96 before becoming the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel. Sanders is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.