NFL Network Analyst; Former Cornerback in the NFL; Former MLB Outfielder
Perhaps the most versatile and gifted athlete to ever grace any sports field, Deion Sanders turned heads and earned much applause for his stunning dual performances during the late 1990s as both a huge presence as a cornerback in the National Football League while simultaneously playing as an outfielder for the Major Baseball League. No wonder he acquired the nicknames “Prime Time” and “Neon Deion.”
Deion Sanders simultaneously played in two of America’s most famous sports in a balance act that has never quite been paralleled. His football career kicked off in 1989 with the Atlanta Falcons, and until his retirement in 2005, he also held the cornerback spot for the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens. He won two Super Bowl championships and also earned consecutive NFC Defensive Player of the Year awards, the Jim Thorpe Award and the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He managed 53 interceptions in the course of his career and accumulated 1,331 interception return yards. On the baseball diamond, Deion Sanders appearances were no less effective. The left-handed outfielder made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees the very same year he debuted in football. He retired from baseball in 2001, and in the interim, he played for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants. His batting average at retirement checked in at .263 with 558 hits and 186 stolen bases.
Deion Sanders is great at everything he tries so it only follows that this sports legend would also be a huge hit as a motivational speaker.