In addition to being one of the greatest defensive backs in the history of the NFL, Deion Sanders is one of the most colorful characters that sports world has come to known over the past 30 years.
Sanders played 14 seasons during his Pro Football Hall of Fame career, won two Super Bowls and made eight Pro Bowl appearances. Since his days as a player ended in 2005, Sanders has served as a television analyst and a high school football coach.
The man affectionately dubbed “Prime Time” may reportedly become a college football head coach next.
According to multiple reports, Sanders, 53, could be formally introduced as the new head football coach at Jackson State University next week. Jackson State, a Historically Black College and University located in Jackson, Miss., competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Among the holdups to finalizing the deal is Sanders’ current contract with Under Armour as Jackson State’s deal is with Nike, per a report from HBCUSports.com’s Kenn Rashad, who reported the news first.
The SWAC was one of a number of FCS conference to cancel the 2020 fall football season over COVID-19 concerns. Sanders would replace John Hendrick, who compiled a 6-9 record in two seasons at Jackson State. Hendrick was dismissed as head coach late last month.
Sanders is currently the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, where he coaches his son Shedeur Sanders, a senior quarterback who is committed to Florida Atlantic.
Earlier this year, Sanders went on The Dan Patrick Show and said that he plans to be a college football head coach next season.
“I’m going to be a head coach in college football next year,” Sanders told the Dan Patrick Show ahead of Super Bowl LIV in January. “I’m that definite. I’m that assured that I am. This is something that is my calling. I’m going to coach college football. Head coach, not coach. Head coach.”
Jackson State has struggled in recent years, compiling just a 21-40 record since 2014. The Tigers last qualified for the FCS playoffs in 1997. Jackson State is 0-12 all-time in FCS postseason games.
Sanders first became a household name in college where he starred at Florida State under legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. With the Seminoles, Sanders was a two-time, first-team All-America selection and won the 1988 Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive back.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Sanders with the No. 5 overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft. While with the Falcons, Sanders split time between the NFL and MLB where he famously appeared in a Falcons regular-season game and flew to Pittsburgh hoping to play in the Atlanta Braves playoff contest the same night.
Sanders signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994 and helped lead the franchise to a Super Bowl title that season on his way to earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. The next season, the Dallas Cowboys beat out a number of suitors to sign Sanders to a lucrative, seven-year, $35 million contract. He helped lead Dallas to a Super Bowl win that season.
After leaving Dallas after the 1999 season, Sanders played one season with Washington before walking away from the game. However, he made a comeback four years later and played two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens to finish his career.
Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.