Sunday, August 4, 2013

Card of the Week: 1989 Donruss Rookies Deion Sanders

Since NFL training camps and the Hall of Fame inductions took place last weekend, I will have a football themed card of the week.
1989 Donruss Rookies
With the success of Bo Jackson as a two sport star in football and baseball, Deion Sanders decided to give it a try also.  Sanders was an All American cornerback at Florida State University and a first round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1989.  While at FSU, Sanders also played baseball and ran track.  He once played a doubleheader in college and in between games, he ran a leg in 4x100 relay race.
After his college athletics were over, Sanders went on and signed with the New York Yankees who previously had drafted him in 1988.  He made his major league debut a year later with New York while still pursuing his NFL career.  While Bo Jackson played only baseball during its season and football afterwards, Sanders played both simultaneously.  In 1989, he became the only player ever to hit a big league home run and score a NFL touchdown in the same week.
After playing parts of two seasons with New York, Sanders signed with the Atlanta Braves.  While in Atlanta, his baseball career blossomed.  He led the National League in triples and was among the league leaders in stolen bases. He also played in the World Series for Atlanta and later became the only person ever to play in the World Series and the Super Bowl.
He later played for Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants before being urged to play only one sport by both MLB and NFL. He decided on football as he quipped, "football is my wife and baseball is my mistress".  He was inducted in the NFL and college football Halls of Fame in 2011.

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