Chris Sanders



When Chris Sanders played pro football, he used to get knocked down a lot.  “But I had great teammates to pick me up,” he says with a smile.  As a volunteer, the former Tennessee Titans wide receiver brings that same sense of teamwork and support for each other to the fight for air.


Today let's be great teammates and support the American Lung Association in saving lives everyday,” says Sanders.


As chairperson for Tennessee’s 2009 Christmas Seals campaign, Sanders is doing media interviews about critical issues such as smoking and lung cancer.  He and his family will appear on a Lung Association float in Nashville’s popular annual Christmas parade. He is also using his wide network of Facebook friends to raise awareness about lung health.  


“Chris understands the importance of good lung health and is in a great position to help us get that message out to others,” says staffer Gail Bost.


Chris Sanders is a businessman, community activist, and world-class athlete who has received numerous awards on and off the football field.  During his seven years in the National Football League, he completed 177 receptions for 3,285 yards and 17 touchdowns. He played in Superbowl XXXIV, made the NFL’s All-Rookie team in 1995, and broke Jesse Owens’ long jump record at The Ohio State University.


Currently a counselor at Montgomery Bell Academy, Sanders encourages his students to be volunteers.  He tells them, “I believe you are destined for greatness. Always remember, every decision you make can take you closer to greatness.”