A world-renowned sports athlete, professional and currently a TV show host, Deion Sanders was never meant to be mediocre at anything he set his eyes on. One of very few athletes to have ever professionally played football as well as baseball at the national level, Sanders’ marvelous athletic ability and agility led him to live out an extremely fulfilling career. Born on August 9, 1967, in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.A, Sanders won several major championships in a MLB career that spanned well over 9 years, and an NFL career close to 14 years. Fully demonstrative of Sanders’ immense dedication and popularity in the field, he is also the only athlete in history to have scored a home run and a touchdown within a 7-day period.
In high school and college, Sanders was known to be outstanding in football, baseball and basketball. In Florida State University, Sanders preferred playing in the outfield position in the baseball team, and was particularly known for base stealing, coming close to breaking the university record by compiling 27 bases in 1987. After college, he was signed by the New York Yankees, a very privileged draft that not many baseball players are lucky to be granted. As far as Sanders’ dedication to football was concerned, he was a three-time All American cornerback, known specifically for his unexpected touchdowns. At the same time, he also broke Fred Biletnikoff’s interception return record by returning an interception by one yard. After serving short terms with the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees, Sanders joined the Atlanta Braves and spent the 1992 season with a batting average of .304, stealing 26 bases and topped the triple numbers with 14 in 97 games. In the 1992 World Series, Sanders batted an average of batted .533 with 4 runs, 8 hits, 2 doubles, all in just 4 games. In the early 2000s, Sanders served a brief stint with the Cincinnati Reds, batting an average of .173 in 29 games, after which he diverted most of his attention to Football.
The only player to ever play in the Super Bowl and World Series, Sanders joined the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons in 1989, impressing the management with a 4.2 second 40 yard sprint, coming close to the record held at the time. He played five seasons for the Falcons, with some of his best statistical figures in the game, such leading the team’s kickoff yards, interceptions and so on. Sanders later joined the San Francisco 49ers, where he had his best season, with six interceptions and three touchdowns. During this time, he was recognized as the only person to have returned a 90 yard gain in NFL history. In 1995, Sanders joined the Dallas Cowboys as a cornerback, with whom he won their third Super Bowl when he returned a punt for 11 yards and caught a 47-yard reception. He was to play four more successful seasons with the Cowboys, before joining the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens and ultimately ending his career in 2004. With the latter, Sanders came close to breaking the record of most return touchdowns with11, while the record was of 12 held by Rod Woodson.
Due to the multitude of successes in his career, Deion Sanders has won several acclaimed awards in the business, most prominently the 1994 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award.