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Deion Sanders


Deion Luwynn Sanders

Inducted 2011

Date of Birth



Fort Myers, FL


Florida State University (1985-1988)


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, setting a Florida State career record. Sanders led the country in 1988 with a 15.2 yard punt return average. Sanders set the FSU career record for number of punt returns (126) and punt return yardage (1,429) and punt returns for scores (3). Deion was a unanimous All-America 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 first player in history to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series. Sanders is a member of The Sporting News’ All-Century Team and Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s.


Height 6'0

Weight 195

Career Highlights

  • 1988 Heisman - Ninth
  • 1988 Led nation in punt returns
  • 1988 Thorpe Award winner
  • 1988 Unanimous All-America
  • 1987 Unanimous All-America
  • 1986 First Team All-America
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