Deion Sanders


Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr. (born August 9, 1967) is not only a former National Football League football player but a former Major League baseball player as well, who now works as an NFL Network analyst. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011.

Deion attained the nicknamed ‘Prime Time’, because he played football primarily at cornerback, but also as a kick returner, punt returner and occasionally as a running back or wide receiver. He played in the NFL for several teams including the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens, winning the Super Bowl with both the 49ers and the Cowboys. An outfielder in baseball, he played professionally for the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants, and participated in the 1992 World Series with the Braves. He attended Florida State University, where he was recognized as a two-time All-American in football.

Sanders is also the only man to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series.

During his 14-year NFL career, Sanders was a perennial All-Pro and one of the most feared pass defenders to ever play the game.

During his career, Sanders intercepted 53 passes for 1,331 yards (a 25.1 yards per return average), recovered four fumbles for 15 yards, returned 155 kickoffs for 3,523 yards, gained 2,199 yards on 212 punt returns, and caught 60 passes for 784 yards. Sanders amassed 7,838 all-purpose yards and scored 22 touchdowns: nine interception returns, six punt returns, three kickoff returns, three receiving, and one fumble recovery. His 19 defensive and return touchdowns are an NFL record. He was selected to eight Pro Bowls in 1991–1994, 1996–1999. He was also awarded the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1994.

On August 6, 2011, Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sanders became known for sporting a ‘do-rag’ or bandana and for his high-stepping into the end zone followed by his touchdown dance celebrations. His ‘Prime Time’ nickname was given to him by a friend and high-school teammate, Florida Gators defensive back Richard Fain. The two played pickup basketball games together during the prime time television hour, and Sanders’ athletic display during those games earned him the nickname. At the end of his Hall of Fame speech, he put a bandana on his bust.

After retiring from the NFL, Sanders worked as a pre-game commentator for both CBS’ The NFL Today and the NFL Network.

Taken in part from Wikipedia.