Two words sum up Deion Sanders, Prime Time. Deion Sanders is the reason why they created the term "shut down corner." He not only eliminated his half of the field, he eliminated the whole field.
Whether it was on offense, defense, or special teams, when he was on the field you were in for a show. During his time at Florida State, Deion was a three sport star, competing in football, track, and baseball.
His freshman year, he was a starter in the Seminoles' secondary, played outfield for the baseball team which finished ranked fifth in the nation, and was a member of the track and field team to a conference championship.
He was two-time Consensus All-American in 1987 and 1988, in which he won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football and finished eighth in the Heisman voting.
Sanders would finish his college career with 14 interceptions which ranks in the top two in school history, not including three in bowl games and 126 punt returns for 1,429 yards (tops in school history) with three touchdowns.
Sanders would be drafted 5th overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 1989. He would spend his first five seasons in Atlanta before signing with the San Francisco 49ers for one year. This would be his best season as he won NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl. He would then sign as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 and win another Super Bowl.
His NFL career would span 14 years and five teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins, ending in 2003.
During his NFL 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.
He also recorded 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 in 1994.
He holds the distinction of being one of only two players to score six different ways in the NFL, scoring a rushing touchdown in 1996, as well as being the only person to ever play in the Super Bowl and the World Series.
His jersey has been retired by the university and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame and the Florida State University Hall of Fame.