Over the weekend, the University of Colorado Buffaloes made a blockbuster move by hiring former NFL star Deion Sanders as their new head coach.
Sanders makes the move to the FBS following a highly successful three-year tenure with the Jackson State Tigers. “Prime Time” has compiled an impressive 27 wins against only five losses at Jackson State, who will play North Carolina Central in the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 17.
Sanders contract with Colorado is reportedly worth $29.5 million over five years. His son, Shedeur, also plays at Jackson State but will make the move to Boulder with his father. The Pro Football Hall of Famer stated that Shedeur will be the team’s starter in 2023.
There’s a lot of buzz in Colorado over Sanders’ hiring. Not only is he one of the most beloved, decorated and accomplished athletes of all-time, but his performance at Jackson State strongly suggests that the Buffaloes hired the right person to turn the program around.
You can add Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to the long list of those who fully endorse Colorado’s decision to hire Sanders as head coach. The seven-time Super Bowl champion raved about the move during the latest edition of his “Let’s Go!” podcast (h/t David Suggs of the Sporting News):
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“For anyone who loves the sport of football, the more people that are in it that have great expertise and knowledge, that understand why the games are won or loss, that are going to bring enthusiasm to it, the better it is for the sport…
“I love seeing everything that Deion’s accomplished. There’s no bigger fan of him than me, and I’ll be pulling for his team, no doubt.”
Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro who won 1994 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He won back-to-back Super Bowl championships with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys in ’94 and ’95, respectively.
Prime Time played his final NFL season for the Baltimore Ravens in 2005 before retiring. He later enjoyed a successful career as an analyst for CBS and NFL Network before eventually making the move to Jackson State.
After a horrendous 2022 season, the once-proud Buffaloes football program has good reason to believe that better days are ahead.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.