NFL legend Deion Sanders: ‘The Hall of Fame is no longer the Hall of Fame’


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Deion Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 in his first year of eligibility, but the former NFL defensive back says the honor should be more exclusive than it is now .

Sanders, the current Jackson State head coach, explained what the Hall of Fame should mean and who he should include in a video released Friday by Well Off Media.

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice talks to Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas on November 12, 1995.
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“The conversation is that the Hall of Fame is no longer the Hall of Fame. I love him, I respect him, I admire him. I think all the guys who are inducted deserve it, but it has to be different color jacket. My jacket has to be a different color,” Sanders said.

NFL players who are in the Hall of Fame receive a gold bust and jacket. Sanders, who played from 1985 to 2005 with the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, suggested a separate wing was needed for players who outdid themselves in the Game.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders drives past Indianapolis Colts defensive back Tito Wooten to score a touchdown October 31, 1999 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders drives past Indianapolis Colts defensive back Tito Wooten to score a touchdown October 31, 1999 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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“It must be a starting 11, must be an upper chamber, my head does not belong to some of these other heads that are in the Hall of Fame. Put my head where my head is supposed to be. My head does not isn’t meant to be I’m sorry, I’m just being honest,” Sanders added.

“I’m just saying what you all think and a lot of Hall of Famers think the same. This thing is going free play now. If you play well, no you don’t. These are the people who have changed the game. That’s what the Hall of Fame is, a game changer. Not “I played well, I had a good little run, I gave you three or four good years.” No, dog.”

Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders reacts on the sidelines against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during the Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 18, 2021.

Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders reacts on the sidelines against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during the Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 18, 2021.
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Sanders retired as an eight-time Pro Bowler and six-time First-Team All-Pro. He was the 1994 Defensive Player of the Year and was placed on the 1990s Hall of Fame team as a cornerback and punt returner.


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