Barry Sanders Addresses Concerns About His Heart Health

NFL legend Barry Sanders says he has been “cleared to return to normal activities” after a health scare last month.

The Hall of Famer, who turns 56 next week, suffered a “heart-related health issue” in June.

While Sanders did not provide specific details about his health, he stressed the importance of remaining “vigilant” about one's “physical well-being.”

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Barry Sanders watches the Lions-Seahawks game

Former Detroit Lions player Barry Sanders walks onto the field before the game between the Lions and the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit on September 17, 2023. (Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

But, after being spotted at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit late last month, Sanders says he's now ready to go.

“First of all, I cannot thank my family, friends, and fans enough. The outpouring of love and support over the past month has been incredibly humbling…,” Sanders posted on X. “Let’s all use this fear to prioritize our health.”

At the time, the former running back said the scare was “unexpected and a reminder of the importance of staying vigilant about our physical well-being, even when we feel good.”

Sanders spent his entire career with the Lions, before unexpectedly leaving the club after the 1998 NFL season. He finished his career with 15,269 rushing yards.

Since retiring, Sanders has acted as an ambassador for the Lions. He made an appearance at the NFL Draft in April, which took place in downtown Detroit.

Barry Sanders in October 2022

Former Detroit Lions guard Barry Sanders is recognized during a ceremony announcing the unveiling of an 8-foot statue in his honor during halftime of the Lions' game against the Miami Dolphins in Detroit on October 30, 2022. (Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers In January, during the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, Sanders earned a spot in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 1991 season. Sanders was in attendance for the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California, and served as the game's honorary captain. Unfortunately, he watched his Lions squander a 24–7 halftime lead, and the Niners ultimately advanced to Super Bowl LVIII.

Last September, Detroit immortalized Sanders by unveiling a statue in his honor. The statue was placed outside Ford Field, the Lions' stadium.

Sanders rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his 10 NFL seasons.

Barry Sanders vs. the Bucs

Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions carries the ball during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida on October 2, 1994. (Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

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He also received Pro Bowl honors in every season he played. At the time of his retirement, Sanders held virtually every rushing record for the Lions. He currently ranks fourth on the NFL's all-time leading rushers list.

Fox News' Chantz Martin contributed to this report.

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