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Deion Sanders: Legendary Cornerback Essay

1359 words - 6 pages

Tanner Jostad
Mr. Hanson
Eagle Success
2-28-14
Deion Sanders
On August 9, 1967 in Lee Memorial Hospital a legendary cornerback was born
(Thornley 14). His name was Deion Sanders, he was a one of a kind. Deion Sanders was a
shutdown corner, if you don't know what that means when a cornerback is so spectacular at
guarding his guy that the quarterback doesn't even think to try and throw to his side (Attner).
Whats even more amazing is that Deion Sanders played two professional sports at a time. Not
only did he play in the Nfl, he also played in the Mlb. Deion was introduced to sports when he
was a kid. His mother let him play sports to keep him off the streets from gangs and away from
the drugs (Thornley 13). His mother supported him in his sports and loved to watch him so she
worked at the concession stands during sports seasons (Thornley 14). In my opinion Deion
Sanders was a great sports player. In this paper I hope to tell you about Deion Sanders sports
career and the outstanding achievements he earned.
Deion Sanders went to college at Florida State University. Before Deion went to Florida
State he got drafted to the Kansas City Royals for Major League Baseball, but instead of going to
the MLB Deion Sanders joined Florida States football team because the coach Bobby Bowden
offered him a chance to be a starter on defense (Thornley 19). Florida State University is located
350 miles from Deion’s home town but even so his mom Connie Knight never missed a single
home game (Thornley 20). During his football career with Florida they went to the Gator Bowl.
During this game he made six tackles and intercepted a pass to (Thornley 21). Deion also played
baseball at Florida State University (Thornley 21). During Deion’s first year in college baseball
he was injured with an ankle injury and couldn’t play his first year (Thornley 21). Deions
sophomore year he helped take his team to fifth place in the College World Series with a .273
average (Thornley 21). After one of his games he asked his coach if he could compete in the
track event, his coach said yes. Deion ran over to the track field and ran the 400 meter and helped
win the Metro Conference Championship for track, after that he ran to the baseball fields to
finish his next game he had (Thornley 21). Deion Sanders had been very good in his college
career.
When Deion Sanders first got out of college the New York Yankees wanted to draft him
to try and make baseball his top priority (Thornley 29). Deion played for the Yankees for two
years for a total of 71 games with 32 hits and five home runs for an average of .177 (Thornley
61). The Yankees released Deion after the two years because they didn't want to share him with a
football team. Deion was then drafted to the Atlanta Braves where he could play for the Atlanta
falcons to. During his four years with the Atlanta Braves he played in two World Series with
them, they lost both of them. After his...

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