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Deion Sanders: 'I was an original'

Despite dual personas, neither Deion nor Prime Time dependent on Hall validation

Updated: February 5, 2011, 2:04 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

When it comes to Deion Sanders, perceptions often overshadow reality. Looking beyond those perceptions, it's impossible not to see Sanders as one of the great cornerbacks in NFL history.

At some point Saturday evening, Sanders is expected to get elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's an honor he will cherish, but it doesn't define him.

In fact, it's almost impossible to define Sanders' NFL career.

"Prime Time," the persona that first surfaced during his days ...

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