Deion Sanders brought Prime Time to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
The flamboyant superstar joined Marshall Faulk and Shannon Sharpe as the major inductees in this year’s class. Sanders had a 16-year National Football League career, which included two Super Bowl victories, eight Pro Bowl selections and six first-team All Pros.
After the induction ceremony, Sanders states he could still play if he wanted.
“Well, the thing is I’ve never been the person who tried to fit in,” Sanders said. “I tried to fit people around me to do things constructively. I just pray we’re doing it in the right manner. I try to bring guys together for the purpose of doing the right thing.
“Today’s game, yesterday’s game or next year. I could have played in any era. You don’t miss what you walk away from. It’s more about what walks away from you.”
Born in Fort Myers, Florida Sanders was a three-sport star (football, basketball and baseball) in high school and then a three-sport star (football, baseball and track) at Florida State University before taking on the NFL.
During his career with five teams, Sanders had nearly 8,000 all-purpose yards and scored 22 touchdowns, even though he spent the majority of his career on defence and kick returns. He was voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.
Sanders, 43, had grabbed headlines last year for his rocky relationship with former pupil and Dallas Cowboys wide-out Dez Bryant. Sanders admits that situation is less than ideal.
“Do I have any regrets? No. None whatsoever. I wouldn’t be sitting here without all that. You learn from it. You grow and mature. I’m pleased with my decisions and lifestyles.
“I took a stance for what I believe in. As a parent, I try to instil values. I basically told Dez, if you’re going down, you’re not taking me down. I travel and speak with a lot of schools. I can’t have you on my back. This is a kind of mentor programme. I always look at the larger picture.”
Off the field Sanders has done well for himself. He remains a pop culture icon, appearing in TV commercials and serving as a TV analyst. Even though he is settled with his wife and children in Prosper, Texas he states there is more to do in life.
“I want to go deep-sea diving. Just once. Jump out of a plane, once and sleep in the White House one night.”