Who is Deion Sanders?
Deion Luwynn Sanders Sr. was born in Fort Myers, Florida USA, on 9 August 1967 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He is an athlete, football and baseball coach and a sports analyst, who might be known best for having played for 14 years in the National Football League (NFL).
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Early life and education
Deion was raised in Fort Myers, and became interested in sports while attending elementary school. He became serious about a career as an athlete while attending North Fort Myers High School, as he played baseball, basketball and football for his school’s team, excelling at both American Football and baseball.
When he matriculated in 1985, Deion was chosen for the Florida High School Association All-Century Team made up of 33 high school footballers who proved to be the best in the past 100 years. After matriculating, he was invited to play baseball for the Kansas City Royals but declined their offer.
He went on to study at Florida State University, playing football and baseball for them while he also ran track. Focusing mostly on football, he was chosen as the All-American cornerback in both 1987 and 1988, the latter saw him win the Jim Thorpe Award too, and he graduated in the same year.
Deion also holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration which he obtained from Talladega College in 2020.
He became a professional baseball player when he signed with the New York Yankees competing in the Major League Baseball (MLB) on 22 June 1988, but started playing in the 1989 season. After only a single season, he left the Yankees and signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves, however, because of problems with his contract, he only played for them for a day.
After everything was settled, Deion continued to play for the Braves until 1996, when he moved to play for the Cincinnati Reds, staying with them for a year before quitting baseball for three years. In 2001, he rejoined the Reds, but was fired after having played 29 games. He joined the Syracuse Chiefs, but soon had to leave them when a lawyer discovered that he was still involved with the Reds contract. Deion left the Chiefs, and came back to the Reds but not long after that announced that he was retiring from baseball.
In 1989, he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons and stayed with them for four years before signing a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, and played one of the best seasons of his career which made several football teams want him, including the New Orleans Saints, the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles – Deion eventually chose the Dallas Cowboys, and signed a seven-year contract worth $35 million with a bonus of $12.999 million for just signing. He went on to play for them until 2 June 2000, and then signed a contract with the Washington Redskins. He decided to retire in July 2001, but came back to football in 2004 and signed a contract with the Baltimore Raven, played only one season for them, all 16 games, and then in January 2006, Deion officially retired.
In January 1995, Deion became Sega Sports’ spokesperson. He hosted a single episode of the talk-show “Saturday Night Live” aired on 18 February that year, and subsequently appeared in numerous commercials for brands and companies such as Nike, Burger King and American Express, and then launched a rapping career with the release of his debut album “Prime Time”.
In 2004, he became a pre-game commentator for the sports program “The NFL Today”, and today works as an analyst, appearing in several NFL Network shows such as “NFL GameDay” and “Thursday Night Football”.
He was the star of the show “Deion & Pillar: Prime Time Love” which follows the lives of Deion, his now ex-wife Pillar and their five kids – the family also appeared in the game show “Celebrity Family Feud”. The year 2014 saw him appear in a single episode of the survival skills series “Running Wild with Bear Grylls”, and in 2015, he could’ve been seen competing in a single episode of the musical reality series “Lip Sync Battle”, against Justin Bieber – Deion won!
Deion is also an assistant coach, as he started working for the Dallas Fury in January 2004, a women’s professional basketball team. In April 2006, he purchased the Arena Football League team the Austin Wranglers.
In 2015, Deion became the head coach at the Triple A Academy, and was moved to Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill High School in August 2017.
He is also a writer, and his autobiography “Power, Money & Sex: How Success Almost Ruined My Life” was published in 1998.
Wife Tracey Edmonds and son
Deion has been married twice; his first wife was Carolyn Chambers. The two were introduced by a mutual friend at a house party, they married in 1989, and Carolyn gave birth to their two children before they divorced in 1998 for unknown reasons.
In 1999, Deion began dating Pilar Biggers-Sanders, and she gave birth to their three children. Deion filed for divorce on 22 September 2011, and on 12 March 2013, the court gave Deion custody over their two sons, and Pilar custody over their daughter, however, only a week later, Deion was given the custody over their daughter, too.
As Pilar accused Deion of abuse, he went on to file a lawsuit against her – a Defamation of Character – which he won in 2015, however, an appeal was accepted, and the case was eventually won by Pilar.
Since 2012, Deion has been in a relationship with Tracey Edmonds and there are many people out there who believe that she is his wife, however, it appears as they have decided not to exchange vows – Tracey is an American businesswoman, TV personality and a producer, who might be known best for being the CEO of Edmonds Entertainment Group Inc.
Deion’s son, Deion Sander Jr. is also a football player, and is today playing for the SMU Mustangs.
Hobbies and other interests
Deion is still physically very active, and has several training sessions at the gym each week, while he’s also following a strict diet thus his muscular body.
He likes to travel, and his career has taken him all around the US while he’s also been to many European countries, as well as to Asian and Africa.
Deion is a devoted Christian who goes to church at least once a week, and his Instagram account is filled with pictures of religious quotes which mention the Lord.
In his spare time, Deion likes to watch movies, and his favorite actors and actresses are Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis and Emma Watson, while a couple of his favorite movies are “Inception”, “Catch Me If You Can” and “Pulp Fiction”.
Age, hair and net worth
Deion’s age is 53. He is bald, has brown eyes and his height is 6ft 1ins (1.85m) while he weighs around 200lbs (90kgs).
As of November 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $40 million.