‘This thing is going to be a free-for-all now, man’: Deion Sanders says NFL’s Hall of Fame is losing its luster…and it’s ‘not the Hall of Fame anymore’
- Jackson State head coach was candid about the quality of the inductees
- Deoin Sanders thinks ‘good’ players are inducted, but not ‘game changers’
- Sanders was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 as an all-time great cornerback
Primetime feels the spotlight is going to be in places it doesn’t deserve.
Deion Sanders spoke candidly about the quality of the candidates being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
Speaking with some close confidants, and on the YouTube channel ‘Well Off Media’ Sanders said the Hall of Fame is now filled with “good” players and not “game changers” as he thinks it should be.
Sanders, now head football coach at Jackson State University – an HBCU in Mississippi, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 as one of the best cornerbacks in the history of the game.
Deion Sanders, inducted in 2011, says the Hall of Fame has become a ‘free-for-all’
Deion Sanders won two Super Bowl XXIX and Super Bowl XXX with the Dallas Cowboys
“The Hall of Fame isn’t the Hall of Fame anymore,” Sanders said.
“I loved it, I admire it, I respect it, I think all the guys who have been inducted definitely deserve it. But it must be a different color coat. (But) My coat must be a different color.
‘It has to be a basic eleven, it has to be an upper room. My head [bust in the Hall of Fame] do not belong to some of these other heads that are in the Hall of Fame.
‘Put my head where my head should be, my head should (not) be with them. I’m sorry, I’m just being honest. I say what you think and many of you Hall of Famers thought the same. This thing is going to be free for everyone now, man.
Sanders is now the head coach at Jackson State University, an HBCU in Mississippi
“It (should) be people who changed the game. That’s what the Hall of Fame is. A game changer. Not “I played well, I had a good run, I gave you three, four good years,” no dawg. Game changers.’
Sanders was a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.
He was selected to an NFL All-Pro team eight times, six of which were the first team, and was also a Pro Bowler eight times.
Sanders was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team and the league’s 100th Anniversary All-Time team.
In addition to football, Deion Sanders played baseball and remains the only athlete to appear in a Super Bowl and the World Series.