The man with two nicknames “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion” was a critical force in the 1990s NFL. No one could cover opposing receivers like he did. And yesterday was the culmination of the Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizing his achievements.
Sanders, or $anders as he would often spell it, later became a two-way player in the NFL (well part time on offense, as he played wide receiver for a little bit), and seems to present two personalities to the public.
There’s the brash, calculated, and well marketed persona; then there’s who Deion really is. It’s a shame CBs can’t wear single digit numbers in the NFL, because retaining #2 would have been perfect for the Ft. Myers, FL native. But #21 wasn’t bad either for this football dual personality (maybe you could call him a two sport star) who became the first person to ever play in the NFL and MLB on the same day.
Here are some of the highlights of his Hall of Fame induction speech: