Barry Sanders reveals he had 'health scare' related to his heart last weekend

Barry Sanders at the NFL draft in April.
Barry Sanders at the NFL draft in April.

Detroit Lions icon Barry Sanders says he had a “health scare” last weekend.

The retired running back, who last made a public appearance at the June 6 concert celebrating the reopening of the Michigan Central Station in Corktown, posted on X (formerly Twitter) that he suffered an issue “related to my heart.”

His post read:

“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 doctor’s recommendation, I am taking this opportunity to prioritize my health and well-being. I appreciate your understanding and continued support.”

Sanders, who turns 56 next month, is the Lions’ career leader in rushing yards (15,269) and touchdowns (99) and ranks fourth and 10th, respectively, in those categories among all NFL players.

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