Deion Sanders: The Top 11 Moments in Sanders' Hall of Fame Career
Prime Time is finally coming to the place where he belongs, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Sanders is one of the most flamboyant players to ever step on an NFL field but he was always able to back up his talk with his play.
In his career, he totaled 53 interceptions, 492 tackles, and over 20 touchdowns. He was simply one of the greatest players to every play the game.
He is still the standard bearer against whom all cornerbacks are judged and will forever be the one and only shut-down cornerback.
Sanders was a great punt/kick return man, cornerback, receiver, and one of the greatest showmen the NFL has ever seen.
To celebrate Prime Time’s selection to the Hall of Fame, here are Neon Deon’s top 11 moments.
74-Yard Interception Return vs. Saints
Slap Fight with Receiver Andre Rison
Sanders came back to play against the team that drafted him. There was tension between Sanders and the Falcons and it all came to a head when Sanders and “Bad Moon” Rison lined up against each other.
Rison lunged at Sanders for a block and that opened the gates. Sanders and Rison got into a slapping match with Primetime delivering an upper slap to Rison before the zebras finally broke it up.
93-Yard Interception Touchdown Against Falcons
In retaliation for Rison going Mike Tyson on his head, Sanders decided to burn the Falcons the best way he knows how: intercept a pass and return it for a touchdown.
Sanders picked off Atlanta quarterback Jeff George and returned it for a 93-yard touchdown while high-stepping into the end zone and staring at the Atlanta sideline.
Sanders Returns First Career Punt Return for Touchdown
I guess it was a sign of things to come. In Sanders' very first game as a Falcon he returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown against the then Los Angeles Rams.
Sanders went on to score nine touchdowns off of punt and kick returns, making him one of the best return men in NFL history.
Sanders One-Handed Interception Against the Cowboys
Sanders and the Falcons were still playing at Fulton County Stadium when the Cowboys came to town.
The Cowboys started quarterback Babe Laufenberg, and future Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith was held to only 34 yards rushing.
What made things worse for the ‘Boys was that Sanders picked Laufenberg off and returned the interception 61 yards for a touchdown.
Sanders caught the Babe throwing off of his backfoot to an “open” Kelvin Martin. Sanders one-armed the pass and broke the Cowboys' hearts.
Deion Sanders Video Game
In 1995 Sega Sports released the video game “Prime Time NFL Starring Deion Sanders.” Sanders recorded six different versions of the commercial for his video game because of the uncertainty surrounding which team he would sign with.
Deion eventually became a Cowboy and his Sega Sports video game lives in infamy due to its ostentation, trash talking, and late hits.
Deion Sanders Becomes a Cowboy and a Madison Ave. Darling
Sanders was popular before he arrived in Dallas but he really took off after signing with the Cowboys.
Sanders inked a $55 million deal with Dallas and the money train seemed to stop in front of Deion's home.
If we didn’t see Deion on the field we were sure to find his merchandise in shoe stores across the country.
He starred in Pepsi and Nike commercials, pitched pizza, and was a Wheaties man as well.
59-Yard Punt Return Against Giants
Sanders lived up to his nickname of “Prime Time” on this Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants.
Sanders retrieved a low-flying kick, reversed five yards and jetted down the sidelines to put the Cowboys up 31-7.
That night in New York, Sanders finished with 226 total yards and two touchdowns.
Prime Time’s 90-Yard Interception Return Against San Diego
Profootballhof.com researcher Saleem Choudhry has an interesting stat sheet on Sanders.
The majority of Sanders’ nine interceptions returned for a touchdown came in the fourth quarter, including Sanders' 90-yard score against the Chargers.
The Chargers were driving to make the score look respectable but Sanders was having none of that. He picked off Chargers quarterback Stan Humphries with 32 seconds remaining in the contest.
Neon Deion returned the pick for 93 yards to expand the Niners lead over the Chargers to 38-15.
Nike Releases Nike Air Diamond Turf Max 96
Not sure if this is really a moment but when I was a kid I was a serious sneaker head. I remember when Marshall Faulk’s Nike Air Barrage’s were released and I begged my mom for a pair.
Same thing with Deion’s Turf Max shoes. They were cool because Deion wore them and it seemed as if all of my classmates had them.
They looked good with jeans or shorts and they were black with white flames on the sides.
Sanders was one of the most flamboyant athletes around and his shoes represented an extension of his personality.
This shoe was one of the greatest moments of his career.
Deion Lands Super Bowl Rings with 49ers and Cowboys
Sanders was laboring away in Atlanta and as soon as he departed the red and black, he started to win.
In 1994, Sanders joined the San Francisco 49ers and aided the team in their quest for a Super Bowl. Sanders had a career season in 1994 and intercepted three balls for 70-plus yards.
In 1995, he joined the Dallas Cowboys and played as a receiver, cornerback, and return man. The ‘Boys won their very last Super Bowl with Sanders on the roster and he played a total of five years with Jerry’s club.