Deion Sanders’ early success with the Colorado Buffaloes has already led to speculation that he could make the jump to the NFL.
Sanders joined the Buffaloes after a successful three-year coaching stint at Jackson State, where he compiled a 27-6 record. The Buffaloes defeated stunned TCU 45-42 in Week 1 then followed it up with a 36-14 blowout win at home over Nebraska.
During an interview on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” (h/t Patrick Andres of Sports Illustrated), FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt was asked by Colin Cowherd about the possibility of “Prime Time” eyeing an NFL coaching position.
But according to Klatt, Sanders is content in the NCAA and isn’t at all interested in going back to the pros, where he pieced together a Hall of Fame career.
“He’s not going to the NFL. I don’t know if he’s gonna be at Colorado for sure (going forward), but I can tell you for sure, he’s not going to the NFL.
Deion doesn’t want to coach in the NFL. He’s told me that, point blank, to my face. He believes that his role is more as a mentor. He loves coaching kids. He believes (coaching college football) is his ministry—to be there for kids in college, to be a father figure for kids in this moment of their life.”
Not all NFL greats who try their hand at coaching (be it in college or the NFL) have had success, but Sanders has certainly been up for the challenge. He led the Tigers to consecutive SWAC Championships (2021 and 2022) and now has the Buffaloes on the map again after a disastrous one-win season a year ago.
It’s certainly possible that Sanders could look at joining the world of NFL coaching one day, but he sure seems to be enjoying his time with the Buffaloes, so we shouldn’t expect him to leave the NCAA any time soon.
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