T.J. Hockenson: Wearing Charlie Sanders' No. 88 'an incredible honor'


Detroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker speaks to the media on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Allen Park.
Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Lions never retired the No. 88 jersey.

Forgettable wide receivers Scotty Anderson and Reggie Swinton wore it in the early 2000s, and the team gave it to Mike Williams after they drafted him 10th overall in 2005, one pick ahead of Demarcus Ware.

But for the last decade or so, since Williams’ career in Detroit ended after the 2006 season, no Lions player has worn the No. 88 that fit Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders so well.

Until now.

The Lions announced last week that first-round pick T.J. Hockenson would wear No. 88 this fall, and Hockenson said Tuesday that he’s honored to put on the same number as the best tight end in Lions history.

“It’s an incredible honor,” said Hockenson, who asked for the jersey number. “Charlie Sanders was a great player here and just looking back and him being a Hall of…

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