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What can we learn from Deion Sanders?
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Just about everybody knows Deion Sanders. And just about everybody knows that Deion Sanders is the head football coach at the University of Colorado.
Sanders is, of course, one of the greatest athletes to ever live. He played 14 seasons in the National Football League AND nine seasons in Major League Baseball. He is the only player to ever win a Super Bowl and a World Series. His flash on the field and off is legendary.
Sanders also took a non-traditional route to collegiate coaching. He coached at a prep academy named after him for three seasons, then coached at another high school before becoming the offensive coordinator for his son’s team for four years. After his sons graduated, he jumped straight to Division I-AA College Football at Jackson State University.
Jackson made Jackson State, a struggling HBCU team, an elite team in three seasons.
This year, Sanders made the jump to Major College Football at Colorado. Colorado, another struggling program in need of a change and some positive publicity.
Sanders brought his swagger and bravado wth him to Boulder. And it has been rubbing people the wrong way ever since. Just look at this example.
That was his first meeting with players at Colorado. He brought a large chunk of his Jackson State team as transfers to Colorado
Sanders's traditional bravo and bluster escalated as Colorado won their first three games of the season after only winning once in all of 2022. Colorado was the talk of college football, and the attention and praise being given to Sanders and company was increasing. And people were starting to get pissed off by the bravado and bluster of it all.
Oregon went out and beat Colorado on Saturday 42-6. And it wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
You see, the American public gets very tired of somebody who is all bluster and all bravado. Especially when they can’t live up to the hype and can’t deliver on their promises. Sounds like a certain ex-President, doesn’t it?
But what did Deion Sanders say after the shellacking by Oregon? This:
"We played like hot garbage," Sanders said. "Good old-fashioned butt kicking. No excuses”…..
…."Get your butt up and let's go," Sanders said of his postgame message to the team. "We ain't got time to have a pity party. Ain't nobody walking around the locker room with napkins and tissues. We got some work to do. I can see the future, and it looks really good."
Now compare that to what Donald Trump said and continues to say after the election despite all of the evidence to the contrary.
What’s the difference? Deion Sanders has a track record of success and is focused on learning from the experience to make his team better. And that is what makes Deion Sanders a successful leader and Donald Trump little more than pathetic. Instead of fighting the last battle, Sanders is looking toward the next. And this is why the American people will never tire of Deion Sanders whereas they have already tired of Donald Trump.
There’s a lesson to be learned there….