Chris Sanders is a businessman, community activist, world-class athlete and a man of passion and compassion. Always ambitious and goal oriented, at only 38 years of age, Sanders has received numerous awards and accolades for both his work on and off the football field.Chris Sanders is a seven-year NFL veteran with the Tennessee Titans, has 177 receptions for 3,285 yards and 17 touchdowns during his career. In 1996, Sanders had a career-best 48 catches for 882 yards. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Sanders played football and ran track for his alma mater Ohio State before being drafted for the Tennessee Titans – WR #18. Chris Sanders has shown tremendous commitment to the community.
Through the Sanders Foundation, Sanders has helped line up housing for many families who otherwise would be without it. He was the second recipient of the Pro Football Weekly Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes an NFL player whose contributions to the community and charitable causes are both outstanding and hands-on. The foundation also helps the needy by providing food and clothing for people in homeless shelters and buying Christmas presents to spread holiday cheer. Sanders often delivers the supplies himself and helps prepare food at the shelters.
In 2002, Chris officially retired from the Cleveland Browns after one season due to an injured disc. Chris travels nationally and internationally speaking to students and parents at banquets, charitable events, rallies, festivals, conferences and assemblies. He is versed and noted on various issues such as goal setting, abstinence, race relations, physical training, complete health, men issues and living a victorious life. He has spoken to more than 100 high school, university, professional organization and business groups.
Chris understands that no matter what your background and no matter what the past might have been every student is just one decision closer to “Greatness”. Chris believes everyone is “Destined for Greatness” and his strength is showing others how to obtain it. Chris has learned and grown from the toughest of the lessons from his own life. His heart is dedicated to working with youth, help young people build self-esteem, character, and to teach moral and ethical principles in order to help them make responsible decisions.