Deion Sanders

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Full Name Deion Sanders
Age 53 Years Old
Nick Name Deion Sanders
Gender Male
Famous As Footballer
Birth Date August 9th, 1967
Birth Place Fort Myers, Florida

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About Deion Sanders

An American athlete and sports analyst is named for Deion Sanders,  who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons. Deion Sanders, one of the most electrifying athletes to ever play sports was drafted by the "Falcons" in the 1989 NFL draft; he also signed on to play baseball with the "New York Yankees". Playing for both teams, he became the only athlete ever to hit a home run and get a touchdown in the same seven-day period. He is also the only athlete to ever compete in the World Series and a Super Bowl. In 2012, he had founded the Prime Prep Academy charter school, where he coached until the school closed in 2015 because of financial insolvency. He has won "Pro Bowl Awards" eight times, which is so outstanding. Recently, Barstool announced Wednesday he will join the company, with "Pardon My Take" host Dan "Big Cat" Katz and Eric Sollenberger (PFT Commenter) making the announcement on their popular podcast. He starred in the show "Deion Family Playbook" which was debuted in 2014. He was also was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which selected the top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state in 1985.

Famous For

  • Being an American athlete and sports analyst.
  • For winning "First-team All-Pro" awards for nine times.

Deion Sanders as a NFL analyst

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Early Life of Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders was born on 9th August 1967 in Fort Myers, Florida. His birth nation is America whereas nationality is American. His full name or birth name is "Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr.". He belongs to American-Black ethnicity. Similarly, his race is black and the zodiac sign is Leo. He celebrates his birthday on 9th August of every year and he had celebrated his 53rd birthday as of 2020. He is the son of Mims Sanders (father) and Connie Knight (mother). He has a sister named Tracy Knight.  He is educated from North Fort Myers High School in North Fort Myers and was a letterman and All-State honoree in football, basketball, and baseball. He graduated at Florida State University and played three sports for the Florida State Seminoles: football, baseball, and track. 

Career of Deion Sanders

Baseball Career

  • Deion Sanders started his career by enrolling at Florida State University, where he played three sports for the Florida State Seminoles: football, baseball, and track. 
  • In 1987 and 1988, he was a two-time consensus "All-American" cornerback under head coach Bobby Bowden.
  • In 1988, he won the "Jim Thorpe Award" and was also a standout punt returner for Florida State by leading the nation in 1988 with his punt return average, and breaking the school's record for career punt return yards.
  • In the 1989 Sugar Bowl, he made an interception with 5 seconds left to seal Florida State's 13-7 win over Auburn during the 1988 postseason. Whereas, he retired his jersey at Florida State, #2, in 1995.
  • He finished his college career with 126 punt returns for 1,429 yards.
  • In 1986, he hit .331 while playing baseball under head coach Mike Martin at Florida State; in 1987 he was known more for base stealing, compiling 27 stolen bases.
  • Regarding his professional baseball career, he had played a nine-year, part-time baseball career, playing left and center field in 641 games with four teams.
  • The "New York Yankees" selected him in the 30th round of the 1988 "Major League Baseball draft", and he signed with the team on June 22.
  • On 31st May 1989, he made his debut on major league baseball.
  • He became involved in a dispute with "Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk" on 22nd May 1990.
  • He requested a $1 million salary for the 1991 season with the "New York Yankees", but the Yankees ended negotiations on a contract extension with him, then he left the team by finishing the 1990 season with a .158 batting average and three home runs in 57 games.
  • After that, he signed with the Atlanta Braves for the 1991 MLB season.
  • He hit a key three-run homer to spark a comeback win against the "Pittsburgh Pirates" during the Braves' run to the "National League West Division title" on 31st July. But he left with Braves to report to the "Atlanta Falcons" due to a clause in his NFL contract and missed the postseason.
  • He reworked his NFL deal before the 1992 season, then during that season he hit .304 for the team, stole 26 bases, and led the NL with 14 triples in 97 games. 
  • Sanders batted .533 with 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 doubles, and 1 RBI while playing with a broken bone in his foot in four games of the "1992 World Series".
  • Despite his performance, the Braves ultimately lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.
  • He finished second in the NL with 56 stolen bases in 115 games while with the "Cincinnati Reds" before leaving baseball for three years in 1997.
  • In 2001, he returned to "Reds", but was released after playing in only 29 games and batting just .173. 
  • Then he signed a minor league contract with the Syracuse Chiefs, the "Toronto Blue Jays" triple-A affiliate, and hit .173 for it.
  • He hit a solo home run and an RBI single in Syracuse's 12-6 win over the "Toledo Mud Hens" in his final professional baseball game.

Deion Sanders as a baseballer 1

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Football Career

  • Similarly, talking about his professional football career in Atlanta Falcons, he ran the 4.27-second 40-yard dash at the 1989 "NFL Scouting Combine".

Atlanta Falcons

  • He was the fifth pick overall in the 1989 "NFL Draft" by the "Atlanta Falcons" where he played till 1993.
  • He also led the league in kickoff return yards (1,067), yards per return (26.7) and return touchdowns (2) in 1992.
  • He played in a Falcons game in Miami and then flew to Pittsburgh, hoping to play in the Braves' League Championship Series game against the Pirates that evening and become the first athlete to play in two professional leagues in the same day on 11th October 1992.
  • He scored ten touchdowns (three defensive, three kick returns, two punt returns, and two receptions) during the time with the Falcons for five years.

San Francisco 49ers

  • He signed on to play the 1994 season with the San Francisco 49ers after the five-season with Falcon.
  • He has his best season as a professional football player he had recorded 303 yards and three touchdowns.
  • He made his dramatic return to the "Georgia Dome" in a 49er uniform on 16th October 1994. Later he has voted the "1994 NFL Defensive Player of the Year".
  • He recorded an end-zone interception in the fourth quarter as the 49ers won over the "San Diego Chargers" in "Super Bowl XXIX", earning him his first championship ring.

Dallas Cowboys

  • He signed a lucrative contract with the "Dallas Cowboys" for seven years, $35 million with a $12.999 million signing bonus on 9th September 1995.
  • Later he stated in his book "Power, Money & Sex: How Success Almost Ruined My Life" that the Oakland Raiders offered him more money than any other team, but he chose to play in Dallas for more time on the offensive side of the ball.
  • Cowboys wide receiver "Michael Irvin. Arthroscopic surgery" kept him sidelined until his debut in Week 9.
  • Derion went on to help the Cowboys win their third title in four years in "Super Bowl XXX" against the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he returned a punt for 11 yards and caught a 47-yard reception on offense, setting up Dallas' first touchdown of the game and a 27-17 victory. Then he was released in a salary cap movie on 2nd June 2000.

Washington Redskins

  • After the release by Cowboys, he signed with "Washington Redskins" to a hefty $56 million for a 7-year contract. But he retired from it in July 2001, after only playing one year with the Redskins.
  • Redskins waived him from the reserved list on 23rd December 2002, in order to potentially allow him to play for the "Oakland Raiders" in the 2002-2003 "NFL playoffs".
  • Five teams named (the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans), placed waiver bids for him, with the Chargers claiming him by having the highest waiver priority on 25th December.
  • He was unable to play for the Chargers for the rest of the season since it was too late in the season to be activated from the retired list.

Baltimore Ravens

  • He signed a one-year deal with the Ravens to be a nickel back where he chose to wear the number 37, which matched his age at the time, to preemptively let people know that he was well aware of his relative senior status as an NFL player.
  • He scored his ninth career interception return touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7 of 2004.
  • He stayed in Baltimore for 2005, in all 16 games because Baltimore failed to qualify for the postseason for the second straight year, and once again retired from the NFL in January 2006. 

Deion Sanders as a footballer

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Deion Sanders's Legacy

  • Concentrating on football, he skipped the baseball season during the 1996 season, and attended the first "NFL training camp".
  • He 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 during his career.
  • In 1994, he was also selected to eight "Pro Bowls" and won the "NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award".
  • Sanders performed the pre-game coin toss on 6th February 2011, at "Super Bowl XLV" in Arlington, Texas.
  • He signed with the Dallas Cowboys for a minimum yearly base salary and a nearly $13 million signing bonus in an attempt to circumvent the NFL's salary cap in 1995.

Deion Sanders's Media appearances

  • Moving towards his media appearances and pop culture fame, he became known for sporting a "do-rag" or "bandana" and for his high-stepping into the end zone followed by his touchdown dance celebrations.
  • On 18th February 1995, he has hosted "Saturday Night Live".
  • He became the official spokesman of the "Sega Sports" line of video games in January 1995.
  • He has also appeared in television commercials for such companies as Nike, Pepsi, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and American Express.
  • He released "Prime Time", a rap album on Bust It Records, that featured the singles "Must Be the Money" and "Prime Time Keeps on Tickin" on 26th December 1994.
  • He worked as a pre-game commentator for "CBS' The NFL Today" until 2004, after retiring from the NFL in 2004.
  • He also hosted the 2002 Miss USA pageant.
  • In December 2004, he signed a deal with ESPN, UPN promptly canceled the broadcast, and the show aired on the "I Network".
  • He was featured in an episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" in 2014.
  • In the "2014 Pro Bowl", he served as an alumni captain for Team.
  • As a player, he has also a career in music as a rapper.
  • In 1994, he launched his debut album, "Prime Time", though Hammer's Bust It Records label via Capitol Records.
  • He also tried to adopt a high school running back, "Noel Devine", who was one of the top recruits in 2007.
  • He eventually signed to play football for the "Mountaineers".
  • He was hired as an assistant coach to the "Dallas Fury", a women's professional basketball team in the "National Women's Basketball League" in January 2004.
  • In response to the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina, he challenged all professional athletes in the four major sports to donate $1,000 each to relief efforts, hoping to raise between $1.5 and $3 million total on 2nd September 2005.
  • He became an owner of the "Austin Wranglers", an "Arena Football League" team in April 2006.
  • He co-founded "Prime Prep Academy", a grouping of charter schools in Texas in 2012, but it was closed on 30th January 2015, due to financial insolvency.
  • As a piece of recent news, Barstool announced Wednesday that he will join the company, with "Pardon My Take" host Dan "Big Cat" Katz and Eric Sollenberger (PFT Commenter) making the announcement on their popular podcast.
  • He recently left NFL Network after a reported contract dispute. 
  • He has enjoyed a long career on TV, working as an analyst for CBS Sports and ESPN before joining the NFL.
  • At Barstool, he will host his own podcast, "21st and Prime," and will be a regular guest on "Pardon My Take" during NFL season.

Awards and Achievements of Deion Sanders

  • 2 times Super Bowl champion (XXIX, XXX)
  • 8times Pro Bowl (1991-1994, 1996-1999)
  • 9 times First-team All-Pro (1991-1999) (Cornerback)
  • First-team All-Pro (1992) (Kick returner)
  • First-team All-Pro (1998) (Punt returner)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1994)
  • First-team NFL 1990s All-Decade Team (cornerback)
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • Florida State Seminoles No. 2 retired

Personal Life of Deion Sanders

Talking about a popular American athlete and sports analyst Deion's personal life, he is a married guy. He has been married twice to Carolyn Chambers (1989-1998), with whom he has two children and Pilar Biggers-Sanders (1999-2013) with whom he has three children. He was awarded primary custody of his two sons and Pilar was awarded primary custody of their daughter on 12th March 2013. He seemed to have won when the court awarded him a $2.2 million judgment against his ex-wife in the case in 2015. Since 2012, he has been in a relationship with Tracey Edmonds. And regarding his personal life, he is straight. 

Deion Sanders with Tracey Edmonds

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Net Worth of Deion Sanders

Moving towards his net worth, many people are curious about his net worth and earnings. He is a successful player who has earned a handsome amount of money from his career. His net worth is around $40 million dollars as of 2020. He has also a perfect amount of salary too, which is around $1 million to $5 million dollars yearly. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys for a minimum yearly base salary and a nearly $13 million dollars. The court awarded him a $2.2 million judgment against his ex-wife in the case. He is presented as a devout Christian speaker with a fee range of $30,001-$50,000. His main source of income is from an athlete and sports analyst career. He is satisfied with his income, is enjoying a standard life.

Body Measurement of Deion Sanders

Regarding his body measurement, he has a perfect height of 6 feet and 1 inch. He has also a pretty good body weight, which is around 90 kg or 198 pounds. He is a person with a bald head. Whereas his eye color is black. His body build type is Athletic. He has kept his body maintained as a player. He has a perfect body with a charming smile which has attracted a lot of people towards him.