First-year Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders gave a candid, unfiltered interview with sports podcaster Rich Eisen that is sure to irk sports’ woke talking heads. Sharing how he recruited, Sanders said in part that some of the ultimate decision making on the part of his staff comes down to the fact that some players come from two-parent households.
Specifically, Sanders wants to see his quarterbacks have a mother and father in the home, as well as a good GPA from the player.
“We want mother, father, you know, dual parents,” Sanders said of his internal recruiting practice. “We want that kid to be 3.5 [GPA] and up because he’s got to be smart. He can’t make bad decisions off the field. At all. Because he has to be a leader of men. There are so many different attributes and what we look for when we see a quarterback. And, (we) would love a coach’s son.”
Sanders also said he was looking for the same background for his offensive linemen.
Sanders’ take is refreshing in the sports world as he is speaking the truth. The position of quarterback is demanding and requires critical leadership abilities. Those traits more likely get instilled in young men whose home lives are stable and supportive, and by looking at grades as well, Sanders is acknowledging that learning playbooks and reading defensive schemes on the fly require mental strength.
None of this would be particularly newsworthy if the woke culture of 2023 demanded that we pretend to ignore basic realities as outlined by the former NFL star-turned-coach.
Sanders went on to say that not every recruit would have to meet the same demands. Again acknowledging realities, he said that other positions had different needs from players and therefore different benchmarks for how he attracted talent.
“Defensive linemen, it’s totally opposite — single mama, trying to get it, he’s on free lunch,” Sanders said. “I’m talking about just trying to make it. He’s trying to rescue mama, like mama barely made the flight. I want him to just go get it. There are whole different attributes that you look for in different positions.”
Returning to the issue of his perhaps more limited pool of quarterback talent, Sanders had previously shared that what he wanted from many of his would-be team leaders was a rare thing indeed.
“This culture ain’t built like that,” Sanders said. “This culture wants every darn dime it can get. So, you have to sacrifice some things to be in that position, and I don’t think this culture is ready to make those types of sacrifices.”
It is being reported that Deion Sanders’ own son, Shedour, will be the starting quarterback to kick off the 2023-34 collegiate season this fall. The younger Sanders played most recently for two seasons at Jackson State, making a name for himself as an elite-tier pocket passer, before transferring to CSU to join his father. The elder Sanders was the head coach at Jackson State for those two years.
Wikipedia detailed Deion Sanders’ illustrious and celebrated collegiate and professional football career. Wikipedia wrote:
Sanders played college football at Florida State University winning the Jim Thorpe Award as a senior. He was selected by the Falcons fifth overall in the 1989 NFL Draft and played football primarily at cornerback, while also making appearances as kick returner, punt returner, and wide receiver. During his career, he was named to eight Pro Bowls, received six first-team All-Pros, and made consecutive Super Bowl appearances in Super Bowl XXIX with the 49ers and Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys, winning both. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
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