Deion Sanders has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame for more than ten years, but it appears he doesn’t feel as honored as he once did. On Friday, Sanders challenged the Pro Football Hall of Fame, claiming that he ought to be in a higher category than some of the inductees.
In a video broadcast by Well Off Media less than a week after the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, Sanders stated that the Hall of Fame is for individuals who “changed the game.” He added that some individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame ought to be set apart from others who, like himself, changed the course of history.
Sanders went on a protracted rant about the Hall of Fame, suggesting that it’s now too simple for players to be inducted and that the Hall should consider designating the best Hall of Famers with a different color jacket (each Hall of Famer receives a gold jacket the night before they are inducted).
.@DeionSanders: NFL Hall of Fame is becoming a “FREE FOR ALL”
"The Hall of Fame ain't the Hall of Fame no more."
"A lot of Hall of Famers think the same thing." pic.twitter.com/DIaXcedrBa
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 12, 2022
“The Hall of Fame ain’t the Hall of Fame no more,” Sanders said. “I love it, I respect it, I admire it. I think all the guys who are inducted are definitely deserving, but it needs to be a different color jacket. My jacket’s gotta be a different color.”
Additionally, Sanders would completely restructure the Hall of Fame application process if given the chance. The former Cowboys and 49ers standout declared he would establish a top tier of Hall of Famers with just 22 guys (11 starters on offense and 11 on defense).
“There needs to be a starting 11, there needs to be an upper room,” Sanders said. “My [bust] don’t belong with some of these other [busts] that’s in the Hall of Fame. I’m sorry, I’m just being honest. I’m just saying what you all are thinking and a lot of you all Hall of Famers are thinking the same thing. This thing is becoming a free-for-all now, man.”
Sanders also thinks that only players who “changed the game” should be admitted to the Hall of Fame. “That’s what the Hall of Fame is, a game-changer,” Sanders said. “Not ‘I played good, I had a good little run. I gave you three or four good years.'”
The greatest corner in NFL history is undoubtedly Sanders. He was a first-team All-Pro six times in all, and he was a member of two Super Bowl champion teams. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his illustrious career full of triumphs.