Former Atlanta Falcons nice/now Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders made an early exit on the SWAC Media Day occasion in Birmingham.
Why? Sanders took offense to a reporter referring to him by ‘Deion,’ because the coach seen it as an indication of disrespect. After it occurred for a second time, the second-year head coach had sufficient and left.
When explaining his resolution to depart the occasion early, Sanders defined why he took offense — explaining how the reporters wouldn’t do the identical if interviewing Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
“You do not name Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Do not name me Deion,” Sanders stated in response to Nick Suss, who covers Ole Miss for the Clarion Ledger.
“In the event you name Nick (Saban), Nick, you may get stubborn out on the spot, so do not do this to me. Deal with me like Nick.”
Suss made it clear that he refers to everybody that he interviews by their first identify, whether or not they’re a coach or participant.
“After I interview folks, I name them by their first identify,” Suss stated. “Whether or not it is somebody I have been working with for years or somebody I am speaking to for the primary time. That is true of the coaches and gamers on the Ole Miss beat, the coaches and gamers at Mississippi State and Southern Miss after I assist out protecting their groups and, as lately as January, even Sanders, too.”
Suss even referred to Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, together with Nick Saban himself, by their first names, to which no concern was raised as Sanders had claimed would happen. Certainly, we’re a bit mystified by the controversy after we assume again on our protection of legendary coaches like Jimmy Johnson and Invoice Parcells, who definitely earned the title “coach” however had been generally addressed by their first names.
Sanders was taken by the Falcons fifth total in a star studded 1989 draft class that included Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, and the late Derrick Thomas.
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Sanders nickname popping out of Florida State was “Prime Time,” and the on-field persona helped make him some of the fashionable gamers in Atlanta historical past.
He performed 5 seasons with the Falcons. He was named to the Professional-Bowl his final three and first crew All-Professional his closing two years in Atlanta.
Sanders pulled double responsibility with the Falcons and Atlanta Braves in 1991, the Braves’ worst to first season, and his Prime Time persona wasn’t all the time as appreciated within the extra stodgy MLB.
Sanders performed 4 seasons with the Braves and 9 seasons within the Majors and completed with a decent profession .263 batting common and 186 stolen bases.
Sanders was named to the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor in 2010.