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Eric Berry holds a grudge against Deion Sanders

Likely top ten pick Eric Berry is the first defensive back in a long time who doesn’t look up to Deion Sanders.  In fact, Berry doesn’t seem to like him at all.

Berry says Sanders declined to give him an autograph when Berry was in high school.  That’s changed how the Tennessee safety approaches others.

“I just try to make sure that if someone comes up to me, whether it’s
for an autograph or a handshake — because I’ve been shot down before
like I told you — I don’t want nobody to feel like that,” Berry said, according to NFL.com.

Berry holds a grudge to this day, and wasn’t interested in speaking to Sanders at a NFL “Play 60″ event held Wednesday. 

Something tells us PFT Planet member Rich Eisen will squash this on-air during the week.

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104 Responses to “Eric Berry holds a grudge against Deion Sanders”
  1. War_Paint says: Apr 21, 2010 8:16 PM

    Deion = Douche.

  2. rchyrch187 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:16 PM

    Somebody needs to tell Eric Berry, its time to get over this son!!!!

  3. scrapdawg12 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:16 PM

    I wouldn’t want to talk to Sanders either. He’s a real piece of S***. Remember “Primetime”. He was cocky, into the women and a loser. I don’t like the guy even though he claims he’s a born again christian. He’s born again my a**

  4. CanadianVikingFan says: Apr 21, 2010 8:16 PM

    Don’t worry Eric Berry, most people think Deion is an idiot anyway.

  5. SaintsXLIV says: Apr 21, 2010 8:17 PM

    Another reason for me to like Berry!

  6. robert ethan says: Apr 21, 2010 8:18 PM

    Yeah, all those fat 55 year olds in Bermudas cadging autographs for the memorabelia they sell on Ebay to make their living.

  7. grant says: Apr 21, 2010 8:19 PM

    One thing il always rember is Terrell suggs being an @$$ to me when i was 12, (im 15) and everyone says he a great guy
    nope

  8. TailgateHeaven says: Apr 21, 2010 8:20 PM

    Just settle it and have dinner with him and Dez. Plenty of gifts to be had.

  9. QB or not QB says: Apr 21, 2010 8:21 PM

    Deion Sanders wishes he could hit as hard a EB. I think he’s probably defensive rooke of the year in 2010.

  10. E-Thug says: Apr 21, 2010 8:21 PM

    Hey sexy Florio, just watchin you on NFL network top ten undrafted players, ur a top ten player in my eye, if you know what I mean, wink wink

  11. Maddog says: Apr 21, 2010 8:21 PM

    Awesome. Most overrated corner ever.

  12. Phyxsius says: Apr 21, 2010 8:22 PM

    I like Eric Berry even more now. Deion is about the biggest douchebag ever.

  13. SFTitan says: Apr 21, 2010 8:22 PM

    Way to go Eric. That’s BS on Deion’s part. Just shows how big of an impression something like this can make on someone, and how much it can mean to a young guy.
    Shame on you Deion.

  14. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Apr 21, 2010 8:25 PM

    Deion being a dick? No freaking way!

  15. swervinmervin says: Apr 21, 2010 8:26 PM

    Good for him. Deion Sanders is a punk and always has been a punk. I’m glad Berry called him out for it.

  16. Cannon says: Apr 21, 2010 8:26 PM

    Can you really blame him?

  17. emoser says: Apr 21, 2010 8:27 PM

    This guy needs to be an Eagle.

  18. SteelCurtnDee says: Apr 21, 2010 8:29 PM

    Good for Berry.
    He can respect what Dieon’s done on the field but that doesn’t mean he has to like him as a person.

  19. MakingitRain says: Apr 21, 2010 8:30 PM

    Go Eric Berry! Every fan in the USA who has ever been mistreated by someone famous wish he had the opportunity to do what your doing.

  20. theReapercalls says: Apr 21, 2010 8:30 PM

    How can Eisen squash this? isnt his mouth always on Farve’s dick?

  21. Flipadelphia says: Apr 21, 2010 8:31 PM

    I dont blame him.
    Deion is a douche.
    Good for you Berry. Glad to see that the some of these kids coming out now have learned how not to act from past players.

  22. FireJerryJones says: Apr 21, 2010 8:31 PM

    Maybe Dez Bryant has his autograph.

  23. DOC1970 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:32 PM

    LOL, nice to see someone not kiss Deion’s ass.

  24. pae12 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:32 PM

    That is awesome! I respect him a little bit more now. Every adult still has that time in the back of their mind when something like that happened to them…good for him.

  25. TravisC says: Apr 21, 2010 8:34 PM

    Whoever gets this gem is going to be very happy. Berry is a phenomenal player and person.

  26. roosterwes says: Apr 21, 2010 8:35 PM

    YOU GO ERIC BERRY!

  27. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Apr 21, 2010 8:35 PM

    Just goes to show that a negative can be turned into a positive. Good for Eric – may he outshine Sanders on and off the field.

  28. Tenntuxx says: Apr 21, 2010 8:35 PM

    WHY am I not surprised!!!

  29. DeeDubb says: Apr 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    I like this kid already.

  30. CoNMaN says: Apr 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    Dang.

  31. raider_from_az says: Apr 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    thats cool i like to see im not the only one who thinks “primetime” is a douchebag

  32. jday0424 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    I wouldn’t want to talk to Dion Sanders either

  33. CoNMaN says: Apr 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    Dang.

  34. orangeandbrown85 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:36 PM

    I always kind of liked Deion, despite his cockiness. I don’t know that this makes me like him less, but it makes me like Barry more. I’d be proud to have him on the Browns. That kind of attitude would be much appreciated around here.

  35. Cannon says: Apr 21, 2010 8:38 PM

    Deion only shows young brothas love when he knows they will be NFL draft picks.

  36. tommyguns says: Apr 21, 2010 8:39 PM

    Good for you Berry. Put Sanders in his place..

  37. JDMP says: Apr 21, 2010 8:39 PM

    Who likes Deon?

  38. Switch1 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    Good for Berry. Dion was probably concerned about breaking a nail signing a autograph.

  39. RossyRoss says: Apr 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    Deon is a scum bag. That old news.

  40. oh the usual says: Apr 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    I think this is a bit petty to hold a grudge for this long, when you were a high schooler getting denied the autograph (as opposed to a little kid getting dissed). I think it is more understandable for a little kid and their parents to stay angry about this sort of thing, even though I am of the belief that it should not matter if a celebrity signs or denies an autograph.
    On the other hand, I have to give respect to Eric Berry to use this sort of thing that did always stick with him, as a standard he has set for himself. I think it shows that he does have ethical expectations and guidelines for how to conduct himself, and that is a very good start for a young person starting a new career, whether it be sports or otherwise.

  41. Booze Lee says: Apr 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    if i had a draft board, eric berry would have just shot up a couple spot.

  42. Super Charged says: Apr 21, 2010 8:40 PM

    Give him a break Eric, Jesus told Deon not to sign it

  43. BBB82 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:41 PM

    I like Berry even more now.

  44. dcryan82 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:41 PM

    Hahaha.. That’s awesome. I like it E.B.

  45. JerseyJoe says: Apr 21, 2010 8:42 PM

    great, I like Eric Berry ten times as much as I did before

  46. brownsfn says: Apr 21, 2010 8:43 PM

    I like this guy the more and more I hear about him!!!

  47. Florio-is-a-tool says: Apr 21, 2010 8:44 PM

    Berry didn’t know at the time that Jesus freaks charge $160 per Hancock.

  48. rjgreen3 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:44 PM

    Hey Eric,
    Deion was still basting coke when you were in high school! Hell, he probably doesn’t even remember seeing you!

  49. craig309p says: Apr 21, 2010 8:45 PM

    i think alot of people dont like sanders they just wont say it.Congrats to u berry last year rey maulauga had to be forced off field from signing autographs at training camp wish more athletes did this for kids.Cause we all know most adults just resale them.

  50. quannumkid says: Apr 21, 2010 8:46 PM

    Deion’s good deeds are tainted by his eccentricities, I’ve just never been much of a fan. I like how Berry has the stones to say what he thinks of Deion publicly and sticks to it.

  51. Eazy E in KC says: Apr 21, 2010 8:47 PM

    Ha Ha! Yes! Neon Deion can suck it. This kid is going to be something special on and off the field. Hope he goes to the Chiefs at #5.

  52. karmathaitch says: Apr 21, 2010 8:50 PM

    Sanders is a biotch!!

  53. steelcity79 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:51 PM

    Ask anyone if they give a shyt.

  54. insanity23mike says: Apr 21, 2010 8:52 PM

    GOOD!!
    SANDERS IS OVER RATED

  55. MikeFlorioIsMyBitch says: Apr 21, 2010 8:52 PM

    Who doesnt dislike flaming Deion?

  56. Ladydawk says: Apr 21, 2010 8:52 PM

    I heard Eric Berry on Sirius radio, he sounds like a really nice guy. I don’t like Deion Sanders as well and i glad that he is not following behind his foot steps. I wish the Philadelphia eagles will move up and get Eric Berry but its going to be a lot of draft picks to do that. We need a corner first, then safety, then a good and fast defensive end.

  57. GaryClark says: Apr 21, 2010 8:54 PM

    As a “Non Deon” fan…I like that Berry goes out of his way to sign. He is a Bad Ass and I can only hope the Skins make the pick at 4 for him…It is a two’fr…We take EB and put him at FS and Landry back to SS. Then we sign Flozell.

  58. lionsb63 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:57 PM

    I hope that doesn’t become an issue if the Lions draft Berry and pick up Pacman. (Suh)

  59. phishead says: Apr 21, 2010 8:57 PM

    And because of his dislike for Deon Peon he got to play his entire college career.. Calling Mr. Bryant,Dez Bryant!

  60. TheHippo says: Apr 21, 2010 8:59 PM

    Neon Deion lighten up dude

  61. Oliver says: Apr 21, 2010 9:01 PM

    Way to go Eric! Deion refused me as well, when I was a college kid, even though no one was around at the airport in Tallahassee. I have never forgotten that.

  62. insanity23mike says: Apr 21, 2010 9:05 PM

    Hate how D.Sanders bashes alot of teams on NFL Network during game recaps. Especially the Raiders, Browns, Lions, Redskins, Rams.. and Nobody ever say anything bad about his Cowboys and Roy Williams.

  63. buddha says: Apr 21, 2010 9:07 PM

    Deion just wants to try to take the great college DB’s and take them under his wing so he can make it look like he had something to do with their success. He went to FSU and instead of trying to mentor players from his own school, he goes and mentors players like Devin Hester who went to the school of their biggest rival. What a punk!!

  64. JSpicoli says: Apr 21, 2010 9:11 PM

    I have respect for Eric Berry. I like people with values and who remember where they came from.

  65. GirthyOne says: Apr 21, 2010 9:11 PM

    Deon Sanders was and remains a over-hyped player, far beyond his accomplishments. I remember his fear to come up and play the run game. Others had cover that job for him. Lame.
    While I find him semi-entertaining, any time he and Michael Irvin are on together, I automatically switch the channel now. BAD.

  66. contract says: Apr 21, 2010 9:13 PM

    We’ll see how Berry feels about it after the first million or so pictures/autographs he’s asked for while he’s out on a date.

  67. mankthetank says: Apr 21, 2010 9:18 PM

    There ought to be a question on the wonderlic about whether or not the player admired Deion, it says a lot about their character. In this case, Eric Berry couldn’t be more accurate and spot on.

  68. insanity23mike says: Apr 21, 2010 9:18 PM

    As long as Berry doesnt become a Cowboy Deion wont be forced to not just give Berry his Autograph but a Christian Huggg

  69. marley66 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:19 PM

    Haha. It’s cause it’s mostly white people posting in here. I used to own a sneaker store and everytime new Deions came out, we’d sell out in a weekend. Brothers loved him. And the girls all bought the kids sizes. Hilarious.

  70. maclin19 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:20 PM

    I remember after a workout in about a million degree weather Kevin Curtis and Hank Baskett of the Eagles signed autographs for whoever wanted them. I think all players should remember who pays their salary and should be willing to give up a couple minutes of their day to the fans.

  71. jl says: Apr 21, 2010 9:28 PM

    I like Berry even more. Sanders is the single most useless former player turned analyst on TV.
    He is reason they put a mute button on the remote.

  72. white caveman says: Apr 21, 2010 9:30 PM

    we white people hate confident black guys.
    prime time was one of the best corners in the league ever.
    we like tim teabow he charges $160 for his hancock.

  73. burntorangehorn says: Apr 21, 2010 9:31 PM

    “Haha. It’s cause it’s mostly white people posting in here. I used to own a sneaker store and everytime new Deions came out, we’d sell out in a weekend. Brothers loved him. And the girls all bought the kids sizes. Hilarious.”
    You could’ve just saved time and said, “White people be like THIS, and bruthas be like THAT.”

  74. kpweaver27 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:34 PM

    It’s nice to see Berry, whatever the impetus, appreciating the fans.

  75. tientzu says: Apr 21, 2010 9:38 PM

    anyone who says deion was overrated is an idiot…a threat to go to the house anytime he touched the ball. shut down sides of the field not just receivers…the cowboys signed him to get him away from SF so irvin could catch passes again. result cowboys win the SB. He made Atlanta relevant way before Vick arrived.
    he made playing corner a “primetime” position…how many corners wear the same facemask he did? because they wanted to look like deion…before him corners were wearing full cage facemasks (lester hayes, hanford dixon, ronny lott, mel blount) how many wear 21 now because of him? first ballot hall of famer period…the only other in his class and arguably better was rod woodson (tackling ability)
    you may not like him but give him the credit he is due…

  76. Ninerdoodle says: Apr 21, 2010 9:39 PM

    Back when Deion played for the 49ers (1995) I was 12 years old. I waited outside of “Groove Time Records” in San Bernardino for 3 hours waiting for him. He was supposed to be signing autographs.
    He got there late, then everyone was told he would only sign his crappy CD, and then about a half hour later he just left. What a d***. Haven’t liked the guy since.

  77. lox bageltas says: Apr 21, 2010 9:45 PM

    ok, i like EB

  78. gap2407 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:45 PM

    at least berry can make a solo open field tackle! dieon is a bitch

  79. decimatetheweak says: Apr 21, 2010 9:48 PM

    That mexi a hole cop from chips did the same thing to george lopez lolz and that guy is 45 now and still isnt over it.

  80. mjk68 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:58 PM

    Hey EB. come to San Fran, we all have a grudge against him.

  81. funi says: Apr 21, 2010 9:58 PM

    If your name was Erica, Dieon would have nailed you! Sanders is an overrated piece of crap and can’t wait for him to get busted!

  82. allday28 says: Apr 21, 2010 9:59 PM

    feel free to send me a free autograph Eric, after all you dont want to shoot me down

  83. KingerIC3000 says: Apr 21, 2010 10:05 PM

    Just more proof Eric Berry is one of the smartest players in this draft. Deion is a cancer to these young guys, yet they keep lining up to have him in their corner. Glad to see Berry is staying away from bad influences. Now if he can just stay off some of these terrible teams and slide a bit. It would be such a shame to see him waste his talent on the Bucs for years.

  84. antneejay2 says: Apr 21, 2010 10:12 PM

    @ marley66
    “Haha” is “cause it’s mostly white people posting in here.” ? Females having smaller feet than males is hilarious? You have an unusual sense of humor. I have to admit, though, I do find some white people to be funny. I think Lewis Black is funny. I think Rodney Dangerfield was really funny. Richard Nixon…not so much. As far as small feet being funny, maybe a size three on Flozell Adams. Other than that… not so much.

  85. EAGLES#1 says: Apr 21, 2010 10:23 PM

    this makes eric berry in even better fit in philly. WE ALL HATE NEON DEON!! hes an a hole haha

  86. BigEasy says: Apr 21, 2010 10:25 PM

    Deon’s a “shibacle” anyway!!

  87. NightTrainNeckTie says: Apr 21, 2010 10:29 PM

    @Marley66
    I’m white, I like Deion.
    “QB or not QB says:
    April 21, 2010 8:21 PM
    Deion Sanders wishes he could hit as hard a EB

    Deion couldn’t care less about that. In fact I can guarantee Eric Berry wishes to have something close to as acclaimed and accomplished of a career as Deion had.

  88. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: Apr 21, 2010 10:33 PM

    What a shibacle this article is. I hope to see Berry in Seattle real quick.

  89. marley66 says: Apr 21, 2010 10:34 PM

    Im saying haha, because everyone’s ragging on Deion in here, Im assuming to be mostly white people, so we’re getting a slanted point of view. I mentioned the females buying the kids sizes up because they liked Deion as well, they just didn’t make a female version.
    Understand now?

  90. KingJoffeJoffer says: Apr 21, 2010 10:37 PM

    Did Deion bang some of your wives? How is this a positive for Berry? He holds onto something for 6-7 years and he should be applauded for it? What is he going to do when he gets beat for a touchdown, stew over it for the rest of the game? This is more making news out of nothing. Deion is still the best cornerback to play the game no matter how much some people hate.

  91. WetHog says: Apr 21, 2010 10:38 PM

    Eric Berry is ok in my book. Hell the Skins need to trade LaRon Landry away and draft this kid with the 4th pick.

  92. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 21, 2010 10:52 PM

    This is only going to make me more pissed if the Chiefs snatch him away from the Browns.

  93. NightTrainNeckTie says: Apr 21, 2010 11:11 PM

    “tientzu says:
    April 21, 2010 9:38 PM
    anyone who says deion was overrated is an idiot…a threat to go to the house anytime he touched the ball. shut down sides of the field not just receivers…the cowboys signed him to get him away from SF so irvin could catch passes again

    Irvin had 12 catches for 192 yards and 2 TDs in that ’94 NFC title game, but why be accurate right? I mean you’re only trying to make a point after all.
    Besides that glaring mistake I absolutely agree with you about the morons who say Deion is/was overrated. I especially love when they bring up tackling like any team that signed him actually paid him to make plays in the running game. I forgot his contemporaries; Eric Allen, Aneas Williams, Rod Woodson and Darrel Green were such feared hitters too.
    Deion is the best cover corner/shut down corner ever, possibly one of the best returns guys ever and had he played offense full time he could have been a HOF wide out. Deion is a top 10 player all time regardless of position.

  94. jbrownsjockitch says: Apr 21, 2010 11:51 PM

    Deon was exciting to watch on the field, but overall a d-bag, bitch off the field – Though the sweet ass jerri curl gave him major style points. All I know is it feels like christmas eve tonight! Santa better bring Berry to my Browns at #7!

  95. clemenza says: Apr 22, 2010 1:03 AM

    with a head like he has Deon should thank god every day he was a pro athlete and one that played wearing a helmet

  96. MagicMan407 says: Apr 22, 2010 1:15 AM

    WetHog,
    Why would the Redskins trade Laron Landry to draft him? Laron Landry is a strong safety not a free safety dude. Or atleast thats what he was drafted to play.

  97. Rob says: Apr 22, 2010 1:17 AM

    Eric Berry never did anything, he hasnt even stepped foot on the fottball field, chances are with that slow ass 4.5 speed , he wont do nothing and be another MIKE RUMPH, Michael Huff another garbage safety. Hes ALL HYPE. DEION the LEGEND GOT @ 2 SUPERBOWLS.

  98. dbs0011 says: Apr 22, 2010 1:30 AM

    No sht GoBrowns19. I want a guy who holds a grudge and hates Deion. Hell, I am that guy. Give me & the Browns Eric Berry NOW! You owe us, world!

  99. smithopher says: Apr 22, 2010 1:36 AM

    I think the Chiefs are interested in Earl Thomas too, I wouldn’t be surprised if Berry was around at 7. Hopefully, the Jets do something to trade up and get one of these two guys. Safety is the only position on that defense they really need. You look at the perennial top two of three or four defenses each year, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, each of them have elite play at the safety position with Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed. The Jets need that.

  100. tatum32 says: Apr 22, 2010 3:19 AM

    Deion is still the best cornerback to play the game no matter how much some people hate.
    Eric Berry…outstanding! Sanders may have been the best CB, but he runs his stupid mouth, and shouldve been scolded for tampering. Good for Berry…it has NOTHING to do with “stewing”. its valid. ….

  101. Revolution22 says: Apr 22, 2010 5:03 AM

    Maybe this’ll teach athletes to always treat their fans right, because they WILL remember, and one day, it could come back to bite ‘em.

  102. Popeye says: Apr 22, 2010 7:19 AM

    Deion is racist. I saw him play the jets during his rookie year and asked him for an autograpy. He said “I dont sign for white boys”, then laughed like it was a joke. I called him a D-bag and moved on…..always a douche

  103. mrEagle says: Apr 22, 2010 7:19 AM

    Your Stock in Philly has risen Mr Berry!!!! I hope I can say Welcome to Philadelphia later on tonight!

  104. mrEagle says: Apr 22, 2010 7:23 AM

    white caveman says:
    Blablabla
    we like tim teabow he charges $160 for his hancock.
    ===
    Who said we like Tim Tebow?????
    Tebow is a Douche!

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