Deion Sanders named head football coach at Jackson State

Former FSU, Hall of Fame cornerback 'truly blessed' to lead Tigers
Deion Sanders to become Jackson State football coach
Posted at 1:37 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 14:43:32-04

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State University is preparing for "Prime Time."

The historically Black school in Jackson, Mississippi, officially announced Deion Sanders as its 21st head football coach Monday.

Sanders said in a statement that he was "truly blessed" to lead the Tigers.

"This amazing HBCU has always enjoyed a high level of commitment academically and athletically," Sanders said. "It's my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the sonic boom of the south, and HBCUs in general."

Sanders was a Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback who is arguably the greatest player at his position in NFL history. After winning the Jim Thorpe Award presented to the nation's top defensive back while at Florida State, Sanders became a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1989. He spent 14 seasons in the NFL with the Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.

Florida State Seminoles cornerback Deion Sanders winning interception against Auburn Tigers in 1989 Sugar Bowl
Florida State cornerback Deion Sanders intercepts a fourth-quarter Reggie Slack pass to Lawyer Tillman, which ended the Tigers hopes for a come-from-behind victory at the Sugar Bowl, Monday, Jan. 2, 1989, in New Orleans. The Seminoles held on to win 13-7.

Although he has never coached at the college or professional level, he has been an assistant coach at a high school in Texas.

Sanders, whose son committed to Florida Atlantic earlier this year, will lead the Tigers in the spring. The Southwestern Athletic Conference postponed fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.