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ESPN re-lived former FSU star Deion Sanders “Double Play” Thursday

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Thursday night, ESPN rolled out their latest episode of Emmy award wining series “30 for 30” and it featured former Noles and NFL-MLB star Deion Sanders.

Make no mistake, Sanders is one of the most flamboyant players of the NFL has seen in the last 35 years. And this show focused specifically on the day in October of 1992 which he played in both an NFL regular season game and then an MLB postseason game with both Atlanta franchises. They’ve dubbed it “Deion’s Double Play.”

 

Of course, as Sanders is quick to point out: he didn’t actually play in the National League Championship Series game 5 in Pittsburgh the night after playing the Falcons game that Sunday in Miami. And therein, is part of the back story and drama of this one hour documentary.

The entire theme of it was Sanders being torn about his commitments to both the Braves for baseball and the Falcons for football. And of course, the Braves became much more prominent as a postseason team, while in the heart of the Falcons football season.

Deion received criticism from many media circles, including relentless conversation during the Saturday night and Sunday night CBS game broadcasts from Sean McDonough and Tim McCarver. Sanders very famously doused McCarver with cold water in the Braves celebratory clubhouse after their dramatic game 7 win to go to the World Series.

McCarver has never forgotten or forgiven Sanders and that’s a compelling part of the show.

Deion is his usual humorous self throughout the show remembering the stories of 25 years ago. This includes how he was just Deion when he played baseball, but became the Persona of “Prime” or “Prime Time” with the sunglasses on and the flamboyance, while playing for the Falcons and others on Sundays.

Another interesting aspect, as it relates to the Seminoles and our interest in Deion, is that he was not only a two-time All-American football player at FSU, and, is regarded as one of the best defensive players to ever suit up for Bobby Bowden’s long-tenured run with the Seminoles. And,  he was also a baseball player for Mike Martin in Tallahassee.

And most would probably not remember that Deion actually played in the College Baseball World Series for Martin and Florida State during the time of having all of the football success for the Seminoles.

Ultimately, Sanders talks about how torn he was to eventually give up pro baseball and stick with the NFL. Later he would go on to win a championship in San Francisco and another one with the famous Dallas Cowboys. And, Deion was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

You see him all the time on the NFL Network where he’s been for the past 13 years giving analysis, studio updates and conducting interviews.

We at F.F.I. are particularly fond of his segment on theor Sunday night “Gameday Highlights” show, where he talks to players immediately after their games in the locker room via social media video.

They call the segment, “if you ‘ball,’ you get the call.” And, it’s great access and back and forth with Deion and the heroes of the games that were just played.

Sanders will also be part of the NFL Network’s pre and post-coverage of Super Bowl 53 this weekend.

But, make no mistake,  the “30 for 30” documentary will keep you interested and laughing at all of the remembrances of Deion being a two sport star during his tremendous playing career.

A career that began with him playing both football and baseball at Florida State.

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FSU and LSU announced two game neutral site series Tuesday

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In an effort to continue to beef up their out-of-conference schedules, FSU announced on Tuesday that they will play newly-crowned National Champion, LSU in two neutral site games coming soon in 2022 and 2023.

The Seminoles made the announcement through social media and their website that they will be playing the “Bayou Bengals” first in New Orleans and then, in Orlando:

Both teams will be given the benefit of essentially a “home-away-from-home neutral-site game” on Labor Day weekend. LSU considers New Orleans to be their second home and just won the College Football Playoff National Championship game over Clemson there on January 12.

The first game with the Noles will be on Saturday night September 4th, 2022.

FSU will, then play “hosts” in Orlando against the Tigers the following year on Saturday night September 3rd. The Noles recently played a season-opening game with Ole Miss, whom they defeated, at Camping World Stadium in 2016.

New Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell had this to say in the school statement about adding the games coming soon,

“I’m excited about this series,” head coach Mike Norvell said. “Florida State has a rich tradition in Louisiana, the home of many former Seminoles including Warrick Dunn and Travis Minor, and all three of our national championship teams had at least one player from Louisiana. It continues to be an important area for us now. We added two players from Louisiana in our first signing class, and it will be great for them and other future Noles to be able to play back in their home state.

This series matches two of the iconic brands in college football, and I know our fans will have a great time in New Orleans and Orlando. I want to thank our administration for all their hard work on this and for continuing to pursue first-class experiences for our student-athletes.”

These will be the 10th and 11th times that Florida State and LSU will meet. The Noles hold a 7 – 2 advantage, including winning four straight games in the series. It is the first time the two schools will have played since 1991.

Further, Florida State is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games opening a season on a neutral field. The Seminoles were to have played Boise State in Jacksonville last Labor Day weekend, but the threat of Hurricane Dorian moved the game to Tallahasse.

That’s where the Broncos upset the Seminoles and sent coach Willie Taggart into a second year spiral that resulted in his firing in November.

The Noles are also 8 – 2 all-time in games  at the Superdome with the most prominent one coming in the BCS Championship Game win over Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl.

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Deion tells Dan Patrick he’d consider coaching Hurricanes

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NFL Hall of Famer and former Seminoles All-American defensive back Deion Sanders is making the rounds for broadcast outlets at Super Bowl 54 in Miami,. And it’s not just his NFL Network duties that made some news on Tuesday. Rather, it’s an interview, where he expressed more desire for coaching college football and maybe, even in the city where he currently is working this week.

Sanders appeared on The Dan Patrick television – radio show Tuesday in advance of the 49ers and the Chiefs meeting for pro football’s title at Hard Rock stadium Sunday night.

And, while most of the interview centered around the NFL and the Super Bowl match-up, Patrick naturally turned to Deion’s desire to apparently be a head coach in college football and maybe, as soon as next year.

This subject came up after Sanders was apparently under consideration to possibly be the new head coach at FSU, when they fired Willie Taggart in early November. The school and AD David Coburn did confirm that they had a serious formal discussion with “Prime Time” about building a staff, etc.

That’s when Patrick turn the questioning to Sanders’ son and what might test his loyalty to FSU and possibly, coaching at a hated-rival like the University of Miami.

“What if ‘The U’ called?” Patrick asked.

“You know what is so funny, cuz I saw that when I was watching you on television (earlier in the day when Patrick said he would ask Sanders about Miami). My son is a phenomenal quarterback. My youngest son. He has a plethora of offers. We’re going to visit ‘The U’ on Saturday,” Sanders said.

“But would you coach the U?,” Patrick quickly asked again.

“You know what. You never know,” Sanders replied leaving the door open, like most do.

“Are you a ‘package deal’ with your son,” asked Patrick?

“I’ve never been a package deal with any-body,” Sanders shot back, which drew laughter from the studio audience at Patrick’s Super Bowl show site.

Now, the Hurricanes have obviously floundered for much of the 2010s, including 2019 with first-year coach Manny Diaz struggling mightily down the stretch of his first season. Miami lost it’s final two games to finish 6 – 6, and then, were shutout humiliatingly by Louisiana Tech 14 – 0 in the Independence Bowl.

Miami has swapped offensive coordinators after Diaz fired Dan Enos after just his first season. The Canes have hired former Auburn and SMU play-caller Rhett Lashlee to replace him. And, they secured Houston dual threat transfer QB D’Eriq King for this season.

Sanders was a two-time All-American at Florida State (1987, ’88), and won the Jim Thorpe Award during his final season playing for the Seminoles in 1988. He was selected in the first round of the 1989 draft by the Atlanta Falcons and played in the NFL through the 2005 season.

His elite level of play earned him inductions into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sanders has been analyst for the NFL Network for the past 10 years and clearly has the desire to try something else.

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