Deion Sanders has always been outspoken, from the moment he left the Florida State Seminoles through an NFL career that led him to be known as “Prime Time.”
Sanders has remained a man of many opinions as an analyst for NFL Network. And he had a few things to say prior to Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII about the 4,000 former players who are suing the NFL for concussions symptoms, according to Deadspin.com.
“The game is a safe game, the equipment is better,” Sanders said on the NFL Network set. “I don’t buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I’m not buying all that. Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal. That’s real talk. That’s really how it is. I wish they’d be honest and tell the truth because it’s keeping kids away from our game.”
Sanders has been receiving media criticism since making these comments, including on Yahoo!Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog.
Sanders is lucky that he’s not suffering from any major post-career medical issues (he never tackled anyone hard enough to do any damage, as some have snarked.) He’s also likely among the top 1 percent when it comes to career earnings so he doesn’t have to worry about money like some former players who were dumped because of injury and disability.
Considering both of those factors, you can see why Sanders might remain ignorant to the health problems that plague many former players and worry others like Rodney Harrison, who says he’s “scared to death” about what’s to come.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor