It’s Chris Sanders Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown
#75 Colorado Classic
Colorado connections: Born and raised in Denver, and graduated from Montbello High School.
Accomplishments: The Denver Prep League was a football powerhouse way back in the day, then faded, and then made a triumphant return in the late 1980s and early 1990s with particularly strong programs at Thomas Jefferson and Montbello. In 1989, TJ defeated Montbello 34-32 in a thrilling Class 4A (biggest class) state championship game. Even though he didn't walk off the field with a victory, the best athlete there was Chris Sanders, a Montbello wide receiver who also ranked among the state's premier athletes in track and field. Sanders took his talents to Ohio State, where he had a fine career in football, while also lighting up the track in the winter and spring. Sanders once long jumped 26 feet, 9 3/4 inches, breaking a school indoor record previously held by Jesse Owens. Sanders also ran legs on Big Ten championship relay teams. In football, he was good enough to keep the likes of Terry Glenn on the second team. Sanders was a third-round draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1995, and he played seven NFL seasons, the last five after the team became the Tennessee Titans. Sanders finished his pro career with 177 receptions for 17 touchdowns. Alas, no DPL team has reached the largest-class finals since 1990, when the Sanders-led Montbello team got back again, only to fall 14-0 to Cherry Creek.
On deck: One of the best that never was. [Post edited by BuffsIn2020 at 06/22/2020 12:03AM]