Deion Sanders is obviously a physical freak, as his 4.27 second 40 time attests to. And he’s certainly not the first professional athlete to play two professional sports at the same time. He is, however, the only person to crush two sports so hard at the same time.
While at Florida State, Neon Deion played three sports – football, baseball, and track – excelling in all of them. But when it came time to turn pro, Sanders had a hard time choosing between baseball and football.
So he did what any reasonable person would do. He did both! He was even drafted twice in the MLB, but ended up signing with who else but the New York Yankees in 1988. The next year, he was the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, by the Atlanta Falcons.
Being good enough to play professional sports is one thing. Being good enough to play two professional sports simultaneously is another thing. But what Prime Time did in 1989 is something else entirely.
On September 5, 1989, Prime was playing for the Yankees after doing well enough for their farm team. Not known as the greatest hitter, Prime had something else on his side: wheels.
If Prime wasn’t going to smack a whopper over the wall, he was still going to get a home run, dang it. And he did – a wild in-the-park homer complete with an insane leap-dodge-deke move at home plate.
Everything this guy does is a highlight. Here’s proof:
Just by itself, that play would be something else. But just five days later, Prime Time was born. In his very first NFL game, Sanders had an even wilder run – this time scoring a touchdown on one of the better return touchdowns you’ll ever see.
It started out poorly. Sanders’ normally reliable hands muffed the punt – but no matter. He picked it up, broke two tackles, ran backwards, and finally made the cut that would carry him all the way to paydirt, and professional glory.
If any Bounding reader is a statistician, we’d love to know the odds of an in-the-park homer followed five days later by a debut punt return. It has to be next to impossible.
Watch both sensational plays, courtesy of RunWithBrad:
Hard to even believe, even with the video evidence, isn’t it?
That’s Prime though. Making the unbelievable look easy.