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Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson: One Day, He’ll Own The Town

Article By on 21st June, 2009

... caught footballs with dirty, crusty, bloody hands. He wore a face mask befitting an offensive tackle and played punisher as much as he did the punished.

Lions quarterbacks threw passes and he threw blocks.

Charlie Sanders doesn’t hold any team records for pass catching. He hasn’t for years, but no one who put on the Honolulu Blue and Silver put himself through what Charlie did every Sunday, lining up at tight end for 10 seasons.

He’d take on Dick Butkus, block for Mel Farr, and make a couple circus catches over the middle or in the corner of the end zone.

Sanders—and that surname is magic when it comes to Detroit football—didn’t put up gaudy numbers. There wer...

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