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Deion Sanders had a flair for the spectacular. As a defensive back for 14 NFL seasons, he had some of the best ball skills of any player I have ever seen. He was a shutdown corner if ever there was one. But he did a lot more than defend passes.
Sanders was a playmaker. A prime-time playmaker.
He spent time with five different NFL teams and scored a total of six touchdowns on punt returns, three TDs on kickoff returns and returned nine interceptions for scores.
He also returned one fumble for a touchdown and had 60 receptions for 784 yards and three TDs during his career.
Sanders' success was fueled by a drive to make a better life for his mother. At seven years old, he made her a promise that he would one day make a lot of money and take care of her.
She brushed it off at the time. And why wouldn't she? Her son was only seven years old. But 14 years later, Sanders' promise was realized.
"That's why you can't give up on your dream, your promise," he said. "Because 14 years later, this dream, this promise came—that I was able to allow my mama to go into a job and say, 'I'm not doing it anymore. My son has blessed me.'"