NFL Hall of Fame 2011: Deion Sanders Headlines Seven Hall of Fame Inductees
NFL Hall of Fame 2011: Deion Sanders High Steps Into the Hall of Fame
Deion Sanders wasn't the first showman to ever play in the NFL. Nor was he the first true shutdown corner to ever lineup across from opposing receivers.
But there is no question his polarizing presence on the gridiron will never be forgotten.
Sanders was among the inductees elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Saturday night on the eve of Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
A world-class athlete, Neon Deion showcased his dynamic speed while playing at a high level in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
Sanders was a highly-touted prospect coming out of Fort Meyers, Florida, where he earned All-State honors in baseball, basketball and football.
His stardom was apparent from his early days at Florida State, where he excelled in football and baseball and also competed for the Seminoles' track team.
Despite his propensity to shy away from physical play and obvious disdain of tackling ball carriers in the open field, Sanders didn't have to come up with big hits to have an impact.
Opposing quarterbacks would rarely even throw his direction, making him one of the most valuable defensive players in the NFL.
Sanders didn't just talk a good game.
He walked the walked, high-stepping with the ball extended skyward, soaking in the attention all the way to the bank.
All told, Sanders played 14 seasons in the NFL and scored a combined 21 touchdowns.
He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 and captured Super Bowl titles with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.
For my money, there will never be another player quite like Primetime.
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