Deion Sanders An American Hero Essay

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Deion Sanders also known as "Primetime", impacted the nineteen nineties in America with his flashy clothes, gold jewelry, and outstanding athletic ability. His entertaining touchdown celebrations and his rags to riches story undoubtedly made Deion Sanders the celebrity icon he had grown to be. Deion Sanders was a hero to all Americans; some may think of him as a exceptional athlete because of his career as a Pro Bowl cornerback for the National Football League, while others consider him a hero because of his faith and devotion to his prayer group, or because of the bible study he established. Deion Sanders is also esteemed for his donations of time and money to multiple charities and organizations and his ability to entertain and inspire. Deion Sanders is an American hero because of his athleticism, Christianity, and confidence. Deion Sanders was a hero for his great athleticism. "Even in the world of athletic superstars Sanders is exceptional, supremely gifted in two sports: he is, for instance, the only man ever to hit a home run in the National League and score an National Football League touchdown in the same week." (Rec. of Power 1) Even During the 1990 Major League Baseball season Deion Sanders was released from the New York Yankees and was later signed by the Atlanta Braves. "In nineteen ninety two Deion Sanders became an important contributor to the Atlanta Braves' success. Deion Sanders' batting average was an impressive .304 and lead the National League in triples with fourteen in only three hundred three at-bats, about half the number that most regular players have in a full season." (Britton 3270) Deion Sander's athletic ability did not stop on home plate though; he also played valuable roles in several National Football League teams. In 1990 Jerry Glanville was hired as the Atlanta Falcons' head coach, a team Deion Sanders had been drafted by a year prior to, Coach Glanville developed the Falcon's defense to take full advantage of Sanders's speed. At the end of the season the Falcons finished with a record of five wins and eleven losses, but Deion Sanders record showed he led the team with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. In 1991 the team improved its track record to ten wins and ten losses, a large enough improvement to place the Falcons in the playoffs. Deion Sanders statistics showed that he played a huge roll in the team's turnaround and success during the 1991 season and their trip to the playoffs. (UXL Biographies 1) Despite a rough start, due to the resent lose of his father due to brain cancer, Deion Sanders managed to maintain a .276 batting average, which aloud him to continue leading the Braves to many wins throughout the season. (Harris 150) After Deion Sander's superior performance in this season he was named to the National Football League's all-star game, the Pro Bowl. In 1994 Deion Sanders was signed with the San Francisco 49ers despite offers from other National Football League teams for a higher...

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