“Prime Time” Deion Sanders had surgery in 2021 to have 2 toes amputated, and he finally released why.
Sanders, at the time the Head Coach of the Jackson State Tigers Football team, underwent a number of health issues, but mainly blood clots. In an interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, Sanders revealed that he underwent surgery to have his toes removed so he could get back to coaching.
It should be noted that doctors said they could’ve saved his toes from amputation, but the timeline for recovery would’ve kept Sanders on the sideline for several weeks of Jackson State’s season. His connection to football and his dedication to his team made the decision to lose his toes easy to him.
Sanders put Historically Black College and University football on the map as head coach of Jackson State, fishing 1st in the Southwest Athletic Conference in 2021 and 2022 with a record of 11-2 and 12-1 respectively. He mad major waves this offseason by signing with the University of Colorado Buffaloes, and will coach his first season with them in 2023.
Sanders is a competitor who wants to be in football. His decision to amputate his toes for the game sounds crazy, but the impact he had on his team is profound. Players would play their tails off for a man who decided his body isn’t as important as his team.
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