Barry Sanders said he faced a heart-related health concern

Barry Sanders said he faced a heart-related health concern

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders suffered a heart-related health issue last weekend, he said in a statement. Statement posted on social media Friday.

Sanders did not provide details about the exact nature of his condition, but described the experience as “unexpected” and “reminds us of the importance of being vigilant about our physical health, even when we're feeling fine.”

In his statement, the Detroit Lions legend also expressed his gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who treated him.

Sanders, who turns 56 next month, said that per doctor's advice, he is “using this opportunity to prioritize my health and well-being.”

Lion released his own social media post He was saying, “Get well soon Barry.”

Sanders was a six-time All-Pro while playing for the Lions from 1989 to 1998 before abruptly retiring at age 31. One of the most decorated players in league history, Sanders ranks fourth on the NFL's career rushing list, rushing for 15,269 yards in just 10 seasons, including 2,053 yards in his 1997 MVP season.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Sanders spent his entire career with the Lions, who selected him third in the 1989 NFL Draft after his Heisman Trophy-winning season with Oklahoma State.

Last season, the Lions unveiled a statue of Sanders outside Ford Field, the first player in franchise history to receive such an honor.

This report included information from ESPN's Eric Woodyard and the Associated Press.

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