Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Deion "Prime Time" Sanders

Deion "Prime Time" Sanders

Details

  • Position: Cornerback
  • School: Florida State
  • High School: North Ft. Myers HS (Ft. Myers, FL)
  • Years: 1985-1988
  • Inducted: 2011
  • Place of Birth: Ft. Myers, FL
  • Date of Birth: Aug 09, 1967
  • Jersey Number: 2
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 195

Member Biography

Deion �Prime Time� Sanders was an electric player for the Florida State Seminoles playing defensive back and returning punts. Sanders displayed his incredible athletic ability by lettering in football, baseball, and track during his years at Florida State. Sanders collected a total of 14 interceptions while returning four for touchdowns, a number still tied for the Florida State career record. Sanders led the country in 1988 with a 15.2 yard punt return average. More than two decades later, Sanders still holds the FSU career record for number of punt returns (126) and punt return yardage (1,429). Sanders is tied for the number of punt return touchdowns with three. Sanders� play and style were flashy. Fellow Hall of Fame inductee Russell Maryland was in awe of his play before the one of the matches between Miami and FSU. �He was cool,� Maryland thought as he saw Deion on the stadium screen before the game. The only losses in Sanders� last two seasons came against Miami. Sanders was a unanimous All-American his junior and senior seasons and he won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back his senior year. Selected fifth overall in the 1989 NFL Draft, Sanders enjoyed a 14-year career for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. A 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, he played in eight Pro Bowls, was named the 1994 AP Defensive Player of the Year and won two Super Bowls. A multi-sport star, Sanders also played nine seasons of Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. He is the only player in history to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series. Deion currently serves as a color commentator and studio host on NFL Network and operates Prime Time Achievers Summer Camp, a non-profit organization which provides athletic activities to young boys and girls. Sanders is a member of The Sporting News� All-Century Team and Sports Illustrated�s All-Decade Team for the 1980s.