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Deion sings the praises of “this game”

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After Shannon Sharpe brought down the house with one of the greatest Hall of Fame speeches of all time, it remained to be seen whether Deion Sanders could match Sharpe, or beat him.

He came close.

Initially, it looked like he’d fall dramatically short.  Deion launched straight into a laundry list of thank yous that covered high school, college, and four NFL teams.  (He didn’t have much of anything to say about his second team, the San Francisco 49ers.)

After about eight minutes, Deion started to get rolling.  He spoke with wonder about “this game” he played, and then he thanked his children and his wife.

He specifically thank his wife, Pilar, for putting up with him “because I’m not easy to deal with.”  (Cameras caught her saying in return with a smile, “You’re not.”)

And then he was back to talking about “this game,” weaving those two words in and out of his speech.

Deion admitted that he was ashamed about his mother’s job in a hospital, and that he wanted her to never have to work.  Because defensive backs weren’t paid as much as players at other positions at that time, he created the “Prime Time” persona in order to help his mother get out of that hospital job.  And at one point he passionately — almost angrily — said that he ignored all criticism and negativity because he was driven by the desire to help his mother.

So how did he get it done?  Deion said he expected it.  And he said that the high degree of expectations is what separates Hall of Famers from everyone else.

And, of course, he couldn’t leave the podium without pointing out the widespread criticism that he doesn’t tackle.  “That insinuates that I’m soft, and I got kids,” Deion said.

So what did he tackle?  “Since 1989, I’ve tackled every bill my momma has given me.”

In other words, he didn’t tackle.

Deion wrapped up by challenging other Hall of Famers to provoke change, by promising that with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube present to celebrate with him they would “tear this thing up,” and he finished things up by putting a “do rag” on his bust.

The bust didn’t really look like Deion.  Once he put the “do rag” on there, it did.  Here’s hoping it stays there when they move the bust inside the Hall of Fame.

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53 Responses to “Deion sings the praises of “this game””
  1. chowface86 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:49 PM

    Once again, this clown is a lifetime diva. Mr. Crabtree wishes he was him.

  2. peester15 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:50 PM

    Thanks mom, now I’m going to smoke the cheeb with Snoop Dogg

  3. Todd Haley's Temper says: Aug 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    It wasn’t a “do rag” it was just a bandana.

  4. pitofzombies94 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    Rambo first blood on Blu ray is crystal clear!

  5. sdstrong217 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    Personally I thought Faulk’s speech was the most genuine. It felt real. These gentlemen are all deserving of being in Canton.

    Football in less than two weeks?
    Can I get an Amen?

  6. 3octaveFart says: Aug 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    Todd Haley’s Temper says: Aug 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    “It wasn’t a “do rag” it was just a bandana.”

    Duh… aren’t bandanas used to make “do-rags”?

  7. tunescribe says: Aug 6, 2011 11:13 PM

    The Screaming Clown strikes again!

  8. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 6, 2011 11:13 PM

    Sure he wan’t praising himself? After all…he is bigger than the game, right?

  9. baldeaglejohnie says: Aug 6, 2011 11:15 PM

    primetime you were one heck of a player and killed us when you were in Bid D, but you will always make me wonder how much more Bo Jackson would have been before the hip. since you were both dual sport pros around the same time.. Bo ran it as strong as Jim Brown and sorry was a better BB player then Deion. and without the flash. I loved Bo F ing Jackson! Bo knew for sure.

  10. whhaaat says: Aug 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    I have no problem with him being in hall of fame, but I wish I didn’t have to listen to him talk. He has ruined sports center for the next 24 hrs.

  11. tatum064 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:23 PM

    3octaveFart says:
    Aug 6, 2011 11:00 PM
    Todd Haley’s Temper says: Aug 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    “It wasn’t a “do rag” it was just a bandana.”

    Duh… aren’t bandanas used to make “do-rags”?
    =================================
    With a name like “3octaveFart” i am honored to give the 10th thumbs up, and the first middle finger up.

    Congrats to Primetime and the rest of the Class of 2011.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:32 PM

    He needs to put the do rag in his mouth. Always a smart ass.

  13. coolheir says: Aug 6, 2011 11:34 PM

    A perfect ending to his speech woulda been tim mccarver comin’ up on stage and throwing’ a pale of water in his face

  14. hittfamily says: Aug 6, 2011 11:47 PM

    I thought it was a genuine, touching speach. FSU has put out a lot of classy players, who do a lot in their community. It may have taken him 20 years, but he is now a role model.

  15. jvillenole says: Aug 7, 2011 12:03 AM

    I missed his speech. Went fishing all day instead. If he didn’t spend at least 30 minutes on Bobby Bowden and Mickey Andrews, he should be beaten with a stick. As many times as they kept him out of trouble (or “erased” his trouble), he should have named his kids Bobby and Mickey.

  16. returnofmeezle says: Aug 7, 2011 12:06 AM

    3octavefart, to answer your question bandanas are different than doorags

  17. buddybowl69 says: Aug 7, 2011 12:41 AM

    Showboating Fraud…

  18. denverhighrize says: Aug 7, 2011 12:46 AM

    I wonder if when Gabbert makes the HOF if he’ll do as well?

  19. riverhorsey says: Aug 7, 2011 12:49 AM

    a poet and didn’t know it

  20. melonnhead says: Aug 7, 2011 12:50 AM

    Big Prime fan, but his entire speech and the supposed emotion seemed contrived to me. Is this guy ever not selling something? Shout out to UnderArmour in your induction speech, really? No wonder he doesn’t like Dez anymore, apparently UA is life for him. The guy couldn’t even manage some crocodile tears when he was talking about his mom but his voice was cracking like he was really crying. Then the way he went on after he sat down with the rest of the NFLN guys… unbelievable. He pulled a “Casey Anthony”, turned his back and started poking his eyes trying to drum up some tears. Finally got them to water a little bit.

  21. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 7, 2011 12:56 AM

    Best cover corner EVER. Single-handedly changed the course of power in the NFL and handed the Super Bowl trophy to Jerry Jones by moving from San Francisco to Dallas.

    Typical game for Deion at his peak – Zero throws to the receiver he was covering, and yet he would STILL get an interception and maybe run it in for a TD, because he was picking off balls not even thrown to his area. He could easily cover 30-40 yards while the ball was in the air, and there was almost no mistake in coverage that he did not have the speed to make up for. Almost single-handedly responsible for keeping Jerry Rice and Steve Young from winning back-to-back Super Bowls. From 1995-1996, Deion was probably the single most disruptive defensive force the league had seen since Mean Joe Greene in 1974-1976.

  22. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 7, 2011 1:08 AM

    3octaveFart says:
    Aug 6, 2011 11:00 PM
    Todd Haley’s Temper says: Aug 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    “It wasn’t a “do rag” it was just a bandana.”

    Duh… aren’t bandanas used to make “do-rags”?

    ____________________________________
    No. If they are being used to make a do-rag then they’re not doing it right. You’re not supposed to.

  23. dogsweat1 says: Aug 7, 2011 1:21 AM

    People, The Pigskin is upon us…………

  24. mrblazino says: Aug 7, 2011 1:36 AM

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. mrblazino says: Aug 7, 2011 1:44 AM

    PRIMETIME! ONE OF A KIND. THANKS FOR GIVING DEVIN HESTER ALL YOUR SECRETS TO RETURNING KICKS! HE ALREADY DESERVES THE HOF! WHAT????? GO BEARS!

  26. d. b. cooper says: Aug 7, 2011 1:50 AM

    The material on a do rag is form fitting, a bandana is not. That is all.

  27. andyreidisfat says: Aug 7, 2011 2:37 AM

    The constant god stuff in Deion’s speech made me want to puke. Lets just say there is a god for arguments sake. Does this rube really think this lord of the universe, creator of all that is, controller of the fates of all is siting around when people are born deciding who is going to be a football player. Deciding which teams are going to win superbowls. Its insane. One of my biggest peevs is sports stars who thank god for everything they do like god is making them great. Not hard work years of struggling and luck is a part of it. Like those who don’t believe are not ever going to do anything important.

    Also Deion if your soooooooooo into god why don’t follow the “good book” and give back every penny you ever made. The bible says “a camel will have a better chance to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man getting into heaven” I would to see all these so called christians give all but what they need (correction what anormal person needs to live, i have heard players say they need tens of millions to feed their kids, if they’re no A. Cro then thats insane) to get by.

    I did however think Sharpe’s speech was great. I loved the part where he put his brother over. He was very humble i think in asking that the people who vote just look at him instead of demanding he be put in. I thought the shots of Sterling shedding tears was awesome. Sterling does deserve to be in Canton. The guy was uncoverable when he was playing. And most of his career he had average at best QB’s to throw him the ball and he still put record breaking numbers. The guy had speed size and strength. He ran every route there is and rarely ever dropped a ball. He made insane catches and was ever an off the field problem. After his career was cut short he went on to be a great TV guy who showed his great knowledge of football every week telling us how/why things were happening. I hope the voters do look more in his direction. Just think of where he would be had injuries not stopped him. Think of what his stats would look like if he had 5-7 more season with Bret Favre in his super prime. He could have been the best ever. And this is coming for an Eagles fan who hates the Packers.

    Also just a side note. During the broadcast they kept talking about next years class which is going ot be dynamic with PArcells and Cower if neither takes a job next season. Als i think Tim Brown and Chris Carter (both of whom should have been in already and its a shame they arn’t and it shows how stupid the people who vote really are) will make it as they should. But they also kept mentioning Tiki Barber… can someone please explain what he has done to be thought of as a Hof’er ??? I mean yeah he had 3 really good years no doubt. But those years he also had one of if not the best Olines ever. Tiki was a baby who whined about everything. His teammates almost to a man hated him. The year before he retired we all watched him lead a revolt against his own coach causing his own team to falter. Not to mention before his good 3 year run he was guy who fumble at one of the highest rates in NFL history and a very week runner. Tiki is not only a bad guy but an average running back who through the situation he was in had a few good years. Why is the “big network” pushing this guy as a Hof’er. Its strange. They are pushing him more than the guy who works there in Carter, who is WAY more deserving.

    Sorry about the rant but i do not like Tiki and don’t think for one second he deserves to be in the Hof considering how mny WAY better players are not in. Tiki’s brother is a much better player who has made a bigger impact in the NFL and has taken his team superbowl win and he was ahuge part of that. Trust me he put an end to my Eagles chances in the championship game and it still hurts,but, at least he is a guy i can respect and would be happy to see him inducted.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 7, 2011 2:41 AM

    chewface grow up already.

  29. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 7, 2011 2:55 AM

    I wonder if they made the bust of the early Dieon with the sweet jericurls?

  30. seattlesuperchronic says: Aug 7, 2011 3:17 AM

    AMEN!

  31. dennisg40 says: Aug 7, 2011 3:55 AM

    All of the speeches were good but Shannon Sharpe was the greatest I believe I have ever heard from a player. Shannon has a delivery in speaking that is hard to over come and he sounds like he would have made a great preacher if he had not been a football player. He told it better than anyone I have ever heard how it was by pure will and desire that he over came poverty in order to help his grand mother.

  32. godofwine330 says: Aug 7, 2011 4:03 AM

    These busts don’t seem to look like the players as much as they used to. However, I don’t think they are going to let the bandana/do rag stay on, though they should.

  33. hermanspeewee says: Aug 7, 2011 4:30 AM

    pitofzombies94 says:

    “Rambo first blood on Blu ray is crystal clear!”

    I could have killed ‘em all, I could kill you. In town you’re the law, out here it’s me. Don’t push it. Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go.

  34. clevefan1 says: Aug 7, 2011 6:22 AM

    I got kind of tired about hearing about how his mama would never have to work another day of her life. What exactly is wrong with work? He made it sound like she was working in a coal mine; did I miss something?

  35. cup1981 says: Aug 7, 2011 6:26 AM

    3octaveFart says: Aug 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    Todd Haley’s Temper says: Aug 6, 2011 10:54 PM

    “It wasn’t a “do rag” it was just a bandana.”

    Duh… aren’t bandanas used to make “do-rags”?
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    No, “Do rags” are made of a spandex-like material, and are much thinner than a bandanna.

  36. jvibottomline says: Aug 7, 2011 8:33 AM

    flagstaffphotos,
    You are COMPLETELY wrong. The reason the 49ers didn’t win in 1995 wasn’t the loss of Deion Sanders, it was the LOSS of Ricky Watters and the emergence of the Green Bay Packers with Mike Holmgren. The 49ers DESTROYED the Cowboys and Deion in 1995 when they played with Elvis Grbac at quarterback in Dallas. They didn’t play them in the playoffs because of the Packers. By 1996, Dallas was a insignificant threat to anybody.

  37. melonnhead says: Aug 7, 2011 9:26 AM

    You are COMPLETELY wrong. The reason the 49ers didn’t win in 1995 wasn’t the loss of Deion Sanders, it was the LOSS of Ricky Watters and the emergence of the Green Bay Packers with Mike Holmgren. The 49ers DESTROYED the Cowboys and Deion in 1995 when they played with Elvis Grbac at quarterback in Dallas. They didn’t play them in the playoffs because of the Packers. By 1996, Dallas was a insignificant threat to anybody.

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    Yeah they destroyed the Wade Wilson-led Cowboys after Aikman left early with a tweaked knee. The Cowboys played the Packers in the playoffs and guess what? They beat them, so stop crying.

    They beat the 49ers AND Packers in 1996, by the way. Back to back.

  38. indywilson40 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:12 AM

    Does anyone else think that Deion’s bronze likeness looked more like Howdy Doody?

  39. jw731 says: Aug 7, 2011 10:33 AM

    He reminds me of Grady from Sanford and Son…..

  40. stopthehate15bowdown says: Aug 7, 2011 10:46 AM

    @andyreidisfat:

    One of my biggest peevs are people who complain about sports stars praising God. There is really nothing more hypocritical than some athiest quoting the bible to moralize about someone else’s beliefs. If not God, who else should he thank. By your logic then the only person he should thank for being a great football player is himself (which would have been appropriate for “Prime Time.”) Should he thank his mother? She didn’t teach him to play football. she was too busy pushing some cart around a hospital. His coaches? They weren’t on the field making those incredible plays. The point of being thankful is to not to give credit to others for causing your success but to be humble and appreciate those who are important to you. If Deion believes in God, which is his constitutional right, and God is important to him, then he should thank God.

  41. jw731 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:08 AM

    Imagine if God actually purchased Under Armor apparell………Deion would have been over the top in praising him…..

  42. jvibottomline says: Aug 7, 2011 11:11 AM

    melonnhead,
    Your complete inaccuracies of the 1995 49ers/Cowboys game destroys the credibility of anything you say. Wade Wilson???????

  43. brad302 says: Aug 7, 2011 11:16 AM

    First I want to say that Deion Sanders was a great COVER corner, and I agree he does deserve to be in the hall. Second, he has probably done more damage to the game of football with his antics, and obviously had/ has no respect for the game. I will always consider him a joke, and I can’t stand his commentary. This guy has no clue, just like his crack smoking buddy Michael Irvin, about football…

  44. gridstar says: Aug 7, 2011 11:17 AM

    To “fatandy”
    Dude, you really have to let it go! You might not be a fan of “Prime Time” but he still owns one of the fastest times ever posted at the draft combine. My only regret is that the HOF bust did not include the “doo-rag.”

  45. terripet says: Aug 7, 2011 12:09 PM

    you could never cover Marvin Harrison i watched him catch 9 balls against you and 2 td’s

  46. espnfeedback says: Aug 7, 2011 1:10 PM

    Deion is one of the top 10 athletes this country has ever produced. He was dominant in the NFL while at the same time leading MLB in steals and being a key cog for the Braves, Yankees etc. And as good of an athlete as he was he has not rested on his laurels during his post career. He has turned out to be a true philanthropist in uplifting his community.

    If you choose not to like him for whatever your elected rationale of the day is; You must respect his unmatched skill on his chosen field of play.

    I admit that I am biased. I have known Prime since our respective frosh year at FSU and Clemson respectively. I despised him at first mainly because he destroyed us…..and let us know it. Later I got to know him off the field through friends and soon got passed all the show and stereotype….. He is as intelligent and honest and reliable a person that you can have in your circle…..In his speech he opened himself for the world to see what many of us have known for years; All the pain that motivated him. Also that he was and still is that shy kid that hid behind a persona that enabled him to defy the assumptions and stereotypes that others CONTINUE to heap upon him….

    @ESPNfeedback

  47. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 7, 2011 6:29 PM

    You’re not “sorry” for any rant, because you took 30 minutes to actually type that drivel. Listen, if you want to be an atheist, that’s your right, but don’t attack others’ for their beliefs.

    People want everyone to accept what they believe and do, except Christians.

  48. tcs91841 says: Aug 7, 2011 7:03 PM

    For him to come out and say that he was ashamed of his mother’s job in the hospital, was not only disrespectful to his mom and working-class America, it was a terrible message to send to the 400 kids he had with him, many of whom undoubtedly have mom’s that work. Many of those mother’s probably wish they had a job in a hospital.

    I thought he would circle around and describe how his perspective has changed. Wanting to take care of his mom is a noble act. But, being ashamed of his mom or her job is a warped and dangerous perspective to be promoting.

  49. jessieboom says: Aug 8, 2011 9:49 AM

    I’m sorry but that was one of the crappiest speeches I’ve ever heard. So bad I came to this post 2 days later just to say so.

  50. melonnhead says: Aug 8, 2011 12:37 PM

    Your complete inaccuracies of the 1995 49ers/Cowboys game destroys the credibility of anything you say. Wade Wilson???????

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    Yes. Aikman left the game after 6 pass attempts. Wilson was 15 of 26 with 2 INTs and no TDs. You obviously didn’t watch the game.

  51. melonnhead says: Aug 8, 2011 12:45 PM

    you could never cover Marvin Harrison i watched him catch 9 balls against you and 2 td’s

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    When was this?

  52. melonnhead says: Aug 8, 2011 12:47 PM

    First I want to say that Deion Sanders was a great COVER corner, and I agree he does deserve to be in the hall. Second, he has probably done more damage to the game of football with his antics, and obviously had/ has no respect for the game. I will always consider him a joke, and I can’t stand his commentary. This guy has no clue, just like his crack smoking buddy Michael Irvin, about football…

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    So you have a clue about football, but these two Hall of Famers don’t? Child, please.

  53. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 8, 2011 2:06 PM

    It was back in ’98. Wasn’t it around the time he suffered the turf toe injury?

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