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Prime Time on Prime Cuts: Panini America’s Exclusive Interview with Deion Sanders

February 29, 2012

Electrifying. Entertaining. Explosive. Brash. Otherworldly. Pick an adjective. Better yet, pick them all. They all embody what “Prime Time” was – and remains — all about. Deion Sanders exuded confidence and charisma during a brilliant career as the NFL’s preeminent shutdown corner and its most lethal return man.

The fifth overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1989 NFL Draft, Sanders was one of the greatest two-sport stars of all time, excelling at both football and baseball for most of his professional career. He spent nine of his 14 must-see NFL seasons also playing Major League Baseball. Clearly, though, the Pro Football Hall of Famer saved his best performances for the gridiron.

Sanders, an eight-time Pro Bowler, was a key part of Super Bowl championship teams in San Francisco and Dallas, and he finished his career with 53 interceptions. What’s more, he scored 22 career touchdowns five different ways (nine on interception returns, six on punt returns, three on kickoff returns, three on receptions, and one on a fumble return).

While playing for the New York Yankees and Atlanta Falcons in 1989, Sanders (the only athlete in history to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series) became the only man ever to hit an MLB home run and score an NFL touchdown in the same week.

Late last week, during a Panini America signing for 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball in his home, the legendary Sanders — gracious and accommodating — transformed an otherwise ho-hum Friday morning into a classic “Prime Time” moment.

In this exclusive interview, Sanders discusses, among other things, the importance of giving his best on every autograph and what could have been had he decided to stick with baseball full-time. Oh, and we also get an early look at the signature moves of special guest Shedeur, Sanders’ 9-year-old son.

As you’re about to see, Sanders remains one of the most fascinating personalities on the American sports landscape.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Gilman permalink
    February 29, 2012 1:38 pm

    Another awesome Interview!

  2. Sport Card Collectors (Like us on Facebook) permalink
    February 29, 2012 2:16 pm

    Its always fun to watch Deion on the NFL Network. Such a character and class act.

  3. February 29, 2012 2:22 pm

    Great interview and signing, his son should be getting more than that for his cards!

  4. Jamey permalink
    February 29, 2012 3:53 pm

    As the Head of Youth Services for a public library, I have the pleasure of serving as a mentor for a number of high schoolers, and I was just waxing poetic about “Neon Deion’s” game-changing…NFL-altering, ability. “Prime-Time” forced O-coordinators to account for him on virtually every passing play for he truly shut-down half the field. I believe he may have coined the term, “shut-down corner” as well.

  5. February 29, 2012 5:25 pm

    I like how he decribed the ultimate card near the end of the interview thats a great idea for any player(that play’s in more than 1 sport) style card,if its a player going from one sport to another or even a prizim style card showing a -for example:
    hockey player busting out of their street clothes to hockey gear and so on and for whatever sport you could get pretty creative or even humorous on some of the cards depending on a players sense of humor and personality.

  6. February 29, 2012 6:11 pm

    He’s so genuine. That’s probably one of my top interviews I’ve seen from you Tracy.

  7. March 1, 2012 7:27 am

    Gotta love the personalized chair! Great to see someone that cares about how his signature goes out to the fans awesome outlook to have. Love how Shedeur reacts when he asks him about the cards “oh….”

  8. deloreanfan81 permalink
    March 3, 2012 5:44 pm

    Neon Deion!!!! Prime time baby…awesome interview

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