Saturday, February 5, 2011
Deion Sanders is a Hall of Famer
By Calvin Watkins
It shouldn't be a surprise but Deion Sanders, the former Falcon, Cowboy, 49er, Raven and Redskin, was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.
Joining Sanders into the Class of 2011 are Richard Dent, Marshall Faulk, Chris Hanburger, Les Richter, Ed Sabol and Shannon Sharpe.
This is what Sanders told me last week regarding the Hall of Fame: "It's not important, none of that is important. What’s important to me is to fulfill a dream of a little lady by the name of Connie Hicks. When I was 7 years old, I told her I was going to be rich one day. She would never have to work another day in her life, that’s what’s important to me."
Sanders was a eight-time Pro Bowler and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.
"When they wrote about me I looked right [past] them, when they talked about me, I looked right past them when they naysay me looked right past them," he said. "All I saw was a little lady pushing a cart at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Fla., that I was embarrassed of. So I never wanted to see her in that situation working another day in her life, that was it for me. That’s my Hall of Fame, not a collection of men that’s going to tell you thumbs up and thumbs down like they Siskel and Ebert because there’s a lot of great players that’s not in the Hall of Fame. A lot of impactful players that’s not in the Hall of Fame. I'm thankful and elated to be recognized, to be thought of even in that conversation, it’s a wonderful honor, but the valdation of men has never influenced me either way."