February 5, 2011

Deion Sanders to Enter Cooperst, er...Canton

Not that long ago, The Hall broke down some current pro football players that had also been selected in the MLB draft.

While the two sports have seen their fair share of two-sport stars, one player can now puff his chest out a little more than the rest, instead of just boasting (or in the case of THIS VIDEO...rapping) about it.

Why?

Because Saturday night, professional "jack of all trades" Deion Sanders has been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Prime Time", while he wasn't as highly touted as Bo Jackson, put together a pretty respectable pro baseball career.  Over nine seasons (he played 641 games as an outfielder with four different teams), he batted .263 and swiped 186 bases...twice finishing second in the league in the category.

Given his future gold jacket and bust, it was as a cornerback and returner where Sanders was more successful.

During his career, he intercepted 53 passes for 1331 yards, good for an amazing 25.1 yards per return.  Dude amassed 7838 all-purpose yards and scored 22 touchdowns...nine interception returns, six punt returns, three kickoff returns, three receiving and one fumble recovery.

His 19 defensive and return touchdowns are an NFL record.

In the 1996 NFL Playoffs, Sanders added a rushing TD to his resume...becoming one of only two players in NFL history (Bill Dudley was the other) to score a touchdown six different ways.  Sanders brought home two SuperBowl rings (XXIX and XXX)  and was selected to eight Pro Bowls (1991-1994 and 1996-1999).  In 1994, he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

And oh yeah, the other six cats who will be enshrined in Canton...first-time nominee Marshall Faulk, defensive end Richard Dent, tight end Shannon Sharpe, NFL Films founder Ed Sabol and linebackers Chris Hanburger and Les Richter.


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