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article imageNFL: 2011 NFL Hall of Fame Class, Honoring Deon Sanders

By Austin Tyler     Aug 7, 2011 in Sports
Canton - Every year the NFL takes time to show some of its past players some respect by entering them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year was no difference, the only thing that was different was the names and they are some great ones.
The NFL took the time this past Saturday to induct seven new faces into the well known Canton, Ohio Pro Football Hall of Fame. Shannon Sharpe, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Chris Hansburger, Les Richter, and Ed Sabol are the ones that had the tremendous honor of being added to the 260 players already enshrined into this illustrious group.
Deon Sanders was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 1989 with the number 5 pick in round 1. Sanders played 1989 – 1993 before signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 1994 where he won his first Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XXIX. After a year in the Bay, Sanders took his talents to the Dallas Cowboys where he won his second ring in Super Bowl XXX.
Sanders played for the Cowboys from 1995 to 1999 where he continued to be named to Pro Bowl teams, and have an impact on the Cowboys defense and special teams.
Sanders then signed a one year deal with the Washington Redskins in 2000 as they looked for Deion to bring his impact to a struggling team. Sanders played one year and then retired from the game of football in 2001. His retirement lasted longer because he wanted to play for the Oakland Raiders, but the San Diego Chargers picked him up, but put him on the Reserve-Retired List. In 2004 Deion Announced his return and he came back with the Baltimore Ravens for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
Sanders finished his career with 53 interceptions, 1,331 interception return yards, and 22 total touchdowns including punt returns, kick returns offensive receptions and fumble recoveries. Do to his electric ability on the field Sanders earned the name “Prime Time” which is what he is known by until this day. Donning a do-rag and a gold chain Deion made the NFL game a spectacular one to watch as he did it all playing both sides of the ball and returning punts and kicks in the process.
In the mist of all that he did in the NFL, the speech he gave for induction was one of a kind just like him and brought the crowd to their feet bout time it was over. Deion was inducted in style to the Hall of Fame which is nothing new for him because he did everything with style. Sanders showed up in a gold pair of shoes to go along with the fresh new Hall of Fame gold jacket he was blessed with for becoming a member.
Sanders talked about everything in his speech but nothing was more touching then the part where he spoke of his mother. I made a promise when I was seven years old to this young woman at the age of 27. She was working two jobs just to see if ends could see one another because they never met. And she was slaving over pots and pans on that precise day. I can remember, it was a little high chair right by the kitchen. In the kitchen there was a high chair right by the stove that she was cooking.
And I said, mama, because I was tired of seeing her go to work and come home all tired. I said I'm going to be rich one day. Mama, I'm going to make a lot of money, and you will never have to work another day of your life. My mama said “that's fine, but until then you get that lawnmower and go out there and cut that grass.”
Deion continued to give his mama praise along with his teammates but the most emphatic part of his speech was when he said what pushed him dispite the medias outlook on him. When you're provoking change, there are going to be naysayers. People don't condone what they've never seen. But when you talked about me, media, guess what, behind I saw my mama. When you wrote about me, when you naysayed me, when you criticized me, I looked right through your TV and I saw my mama.
That he did, Deion changed the game of football and with his speech he made on Saturday he seemed to change the perception of him with his naysayers. Before he walked off the stage Deion took the time to place a do-rag on his statue which was a part of him playing on the field. Sanders may never be loved by all the fans of the NFL or the media that worked the game, but now they understand why he is the person he is and why he played the way he played. In the end he had a dream that was bigger than him and promise to his mama that he had to fulfill.
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