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Deion Sanders warned Todd Gurley not to wear No. 21 with Falcons

Deion Sanders

Todd Gurley has a new uniform number with the Atlanta Falcons, and he’s doing it over the objections of a franchise icon.

Gurley said he would wear No. 21 for the Falcons in 2020. That’s the same number Deion Sanders wore during his tenure in Atlanta, and Gurley said he’s taking the number over Sanders’ objections.

“Prime was hatin’ on me. He told me don’t wear it,” Gurley told The Midday Show with Andy and Randy on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game. “If I was Prime, I wouldn’t want nobody be wearing my number either.”

Deion is an icon, and Gurley knows it. The number is there to be taken, though, and isn’t exclusive to Sanders. It may just be Gurley’s way of paying homage to the two-sport star.

Sanders can at least look on the bright side. He definitely has more cool jackets than Gurley does.

Deion Sanders wishes he would have put more time into baseball

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders was one of the greatest two-sport athletes in recent history, but he wishes that at least one part of his career went differently.

During a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, Sanders was asked if he had any regrets as a professional and said that he wished he had put more time into baseball.

Sanders, of course, enjoyed an illustrious NFL career with eight Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl rings as a cornerback and return specialist. He also had a part-time career in Major League Baseball, playing when football was out of season and hitting .262 with 186 stolen bases in nine total seasons.

While Sanders is now involved with a different league, he only played 100 games in a season once as an MLBer, creating a somewhat interesting what-if.

Video: Deion Sanders flexed so hard on Instagram with his exclusive jackets

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders flexed hard on Instagram Tuesday by showing off his impressive collection of exclusive jackets.

Sanders is already a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. He also was recently named to the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

On Sunday, those who were included in the NFL 100 All-Time Team wore special red jackets at Hard Rock Stadium, where they were recognized and honored prior to the Super Bowl.

Two days later, Prime boasted on Instagram about his collection of jackets.

That is a truly impressive collection.

But if Prime were as cool as he thinks he is, he’d go out and win the Masters to add a green jacket and really complete the rainbow.

The jackets would surely come in handy when Sanders shows up to a recruit’s house; Deion says he will be a college head coach soon.

Deion Sanders says he will be head coach of college team in 2021

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders was linked to the Florida State head coaching job a couple of months ago via an unconfirmed rumor, but there was never any indication that he was an actual candidate for the job. However, the Hall of Famer says it is “definite” that he will be a head coach at the college level roughly a year from now.

In an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Tuesday morning, Sanders said it is a certainty that he will be a college head coach in 2021. He also claimed he had an interview with Florida State and another school, though he would not specify which.

Sanders made similar remarks about coaching at the college level when responding to the original Florida State rumors, though he did not express confidence that a coaching opportunity will present itself next year. He also denied having spoken with anyone from the Seminoles at the time, so it’s unclear when the supposed interview with FSU would have taken place.

It’s not hard to believe Sanders wants to land a college head coaching job, but saying he has spoken with teams could be his way of trying to boost his own stock. If other teams believe he was a candidate for the Florida State job and interviewed with another program, they may believe “Prime Time” is a hot coaching commodity.

Of course, Sanders has some red flags surrounding him. He was fired over an assault claim from his job as a coach at Prime Prep Academy, which is the school he founded. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement after Sanders had been fired a second time.

Sanders could definitely help a team with buzz and recruiting, but it seems more likely that he would land an assistant coaching job first and have to work his way up.

Deion Sanders opens door to coaching at ‘next level’

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders was surprisingly linked to the Florida State head coaching job late last week, and while it’s still not looking likely he lands that job, he’s certainly ready to find a position he likes.

Sanders made clear Sunday on NFL Network that he’s ready to coach in college, though he has no experience at that level.

“I have not spoken to anyone from Florida State regarding this,” Sanders said, via Sam Hellman of 247 Sports. “But let me assure you, I am 100 percent, 100 percent desiring to coach at the next level and I will.”

Sanders is affirming he has not spoken to Florida State about their open coaching job. This certainly makes it sounds like it hasn’t been because of a lack of interest. Given the support he’s received, maybe some sschool could look his way and add some instant excitement and credibility to their program. Whether that turns out to be Florida State remains to be seen.

Deion Sanders says he has not spoken to Florida State about head coach job

Deion Sanders

The rumor that Deion Sanders was a candidate to coach the Florida State Seminoles came as a surprise, and it seems Sanders himself may not be in on it.

Sanders told Clay Travis of Fox Sports that he had not been contacted by Florida State about the head coaching vacancy, suggesting that chatter about being a candidate was news to him.

Despite a total lack of coaching experience at this level, there has been a positive response from some to the Sanders talk. Does that factor into Florida State’s thinking at all? Probably not. Sanders is still a star and a household name who makes recruits perk up, which might be the point. However, it’s not a safe hire at all, and the Seminoles would probably be better off going with a more experienced hand. The fact that Sanders says he hasn’t been contacted indicated they might be doing just that.

LeBron James backs Deion Sanders for Florida State coaching job

LeBron James

Deion Sanders is apparently being considered as a potential candidate for the Florida State head coaching job, which is somewhat shocking given that he has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. But if LeBron James were the athletic director at FSU, Sanders might already be hired.

On Friday, LeBron tweeted his endorsement of Sanders for the job. He said he feels the Hall of Famer would be “PERFECT” for it and a fantastic recruiter.

Sanders would be a great buzz hire for Florida State and could definitely help with recruiting, but his lack of experience would make him a big risk for the Seminoles. Sanders also has some red flags surrounding him, as he was fired over an assault claim from his job as a coach at Prime Prep Academy, which is the school he founded. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement after Sanders had been fired a second time.

Sanders, 52, is currently an offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons attend. He was supposedly in consideration for a job on Willie Taggart’s staff when Taggart was first hired, but he turned it down. Unfortunately for him, LeBron isn’t doing the hiring for the Seminoles. Sanders seems very unlikely to get the job.

Report: Deion Sanders a candidate for Florida State head coach job

Deion Sanders

Florida State is in the market for a new head football coach, and one report says they are considering their most famous football alumnus as a candidate.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday night that Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate for the Seminoles’ head coaching job.

This report is nothing short of shocking.

Although a superstar in every sense of the word, Sanders has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. The 52-year-old is an offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons attend. He previously coached at Prime Prep Academy, the school he founded, but he was fired over an assault claim. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement, after Sanders had been fired a second time by the school.

Sanders was in consideration for a job on Willie Taggart’s staff after Taggart was first hired but turned it down.

After the disaster that Prime Prep Academy turned into, we can’t imagine anyone would turn over a major college football program to Sanders, even if he is famous and would generate buzz and help in recruiting. This feels like a report that either came from Sanders’ camp to help prop him up, or as some sort of test balloon from Florida State to see what public reaction to Deion as a candidate would be like.

Deion Sanders thinks Ben Roethlisberger could retire before end of season

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers could not have gotten off to a much worse start to the season with their 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and Deion Sanders thinks a few more performances like that could inspire the star quarterback to walk away from football a lot sooner than expected.

How much sooner? Sanders said after Sunday’s game that he does not think Roethlisberger will make it through the 2019 season.

“I think mentally, physically, something’s gonna shut down, because what I saw today was a lackluster effort by the offense, by the defense, by the coaching staff, by everyone,” Sanders said. “He seemed not engaged. There was no big-play ability, no running game, nothing ever got going defensively. He seemed disinterested.

“We’ve all heard the murmurs of Big Ben saying he would like to retire. The way they played today, a couple more of those games, I think that would happen.”

Roethlisberger openly contemplated retirement two years ago, but that seemed like it was more about him being frustrated after a poor performance than anything. He has since gone out of his way to squash the retirement talk, and it seems highly unlikely that he would bail on the Steelers midseason.

All that said, Roethlisberger is 37 and has battled some injuries throughout his career. If the 2019 season turns out to be a disappointment and the Steelers miss the playoffs, it would not be a surprise if Big Ben makes it his last.

Deion Sanders believes ‘garbage’ Raiders will dump Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Deion Sanders is on the payroll with NFL Network, and the Oakland Raiders were so bad on Thursday night that even he didn’t want to watch the product his employer was putting out.

As the Raiders were sleepwalking through a humiliating loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Sanders took to social media to criticize their lackluster performance. From what the Hall of Famer sees, he believes it is only a matter of time before head coach Jon Gruden parts ways with Derek Carr.

Carr looked skittish on many of his pass attempts against San Francisco, but it’s hard to blame him with how horrendous Oakland’s offensive line played. He was sacked a whopping seven times, and there were some plays where Niners defenders were in the backfield the second the ball was snapped.

Defense was just as big of an issue for the Raiders as offense, and Sanders said on his Instagram story at one point that Gruden’s team has become unwatchable.

“I’m sorry, I can’t take this no more. Please, can somebody get these Raiders off my TV?” Sanders said. “That right there (pointing to TV) — garbage.”

There have been reports that the Raiders want to build around Carr and have assured him that his future with the team is safe, but Gruden has already criticized the QB publicly this season. With three first-round picks in next year’s draft, it’s going to be hard for Gruden to resist starting fresh at a position he considers himself a specialist with.