Blessed with athletic ability few humans can match, Deion Sanders is one of sports record over-achievers. Born in the State of Florida on 9 August 1967, Sanders excelled in three sports while in high school: basketball, baseball, and football. While attending the State University of Florida, he dropped basketball to participate in track and field. He aided in winning the state conference championship for his track team, at the same time stealing plenty of bases on the baseball diamond. Nevertheless, it is on the football field that Deion Sanders really stood out. All this is according to the Deion Sanders biography/history available from many sources.
Deion was awarded the consensus All-American Title twice, the Jim Thorpe award, fourteen interceptions in his career and won the Sugar bowl with his team in 1988. In addition to stunning defense, he was excellent at punt returning. He is the finest punt returner in Florida State history, and led the country in 1988 in punt returns. His jersey, no. 2, was retired in 1995. He is regarded as being among the best cornerbacks in college football.
After college, two different teams drafted Deion Sanders two times, playing two different sports in two different cities! The Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and New York Yankees of the MLB selected him. He decided to do what he had always done, play both. In his baseball career, he played sporadically, for four teams in nine years. He aided the Atlanta Braves to the 1992 World Series, where he batted more than.500. His best year was arguably 1997, where his statistics read as 115 games played, 127 hits collected, 56 bases stolen. He retired from baseball from the Cincinnati Reds, having a career totals of a batting average of .263, 186 stolen bases, 4 triples and 558 hits.
His football career was more prolific. After being drafted a pick in the first round, Deion went about establishing himself as a legend in the making at the cornerback position. His flashy and cocky touchdown celebrations earned him a flamboyant reputation. After playing for five seasons with the Falcons, he left to join the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. Considered one of his better seasons, he was the defensive force that led the 49ers to the Super Bowl that year. He did so through an effort of six interceptions, returned them scoring three touchdowns for 303 yards.
Following his bruising of too many egos in San Francisco, he left to join the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent five years. At this point, he played for some time at the wide receiver position, before switching, in 2000, to the Washington Redskins. After four interceptions, he unexpectedly and suddenly decided to retire. No too long after, in 2004, he returned to football with the Baltimore Ravens where he caught five interceptions before giving it all up again in 2005. As a professional football player, he accumulated eight Pro-Bowl appearances, returned 53 interceptions for 1331 yards, scoring nine touchdowns. He also had 155 kickoff returns in favor of 3523 yards, 60 receptions in support of 784 yards and 212 punt returns used for 2199 yards. Much information can be found by studying the Deion Sanders biography/history.