Deion Sanders always seems to be at the center of attention.
Sanders strongly believes that opposing coaches and teams are more focused on trying to outwit him rather than his own team.
This sentiment became apparent over the weekend when Oregon soundly defeated Colorado, and even the mascot got in on the action by playfully taunting Sanders after the game.
During his postgame press conference, Sanders candidly expressed his belief that teams are deliberately singling him out as the focal point of their strategy, rather than focusing on his team when preparing for games.
“I don’t think there’s a target on our back, I think there’s just — teams are trying to beat me. They’re not trying to beat our team,” Sanders said. “They keep forgetting, I’m not playing anymore. I had a great career. I’m serious. I’ve got a gold jacket. I’m good. But that’s what it really is.
“I don’t think they get any extra satisfaction, you know. It is what it is. I signed up for it, so let’s go.”
Deion’s remarks may hold some validity.
Keyshawn Johnson of FS1 suggested that Oregon received assistance from other teams in strategizing against Colorado.
“You were talking about the jealousy and the way these coaches (talk) and how Deion got there,” Johnson said to co-host Skip Bayless. “It’s interesting that you said that…So I spoke to somebody in the coaching fraternity right after the game. And they know some people that coach at Oregon. And they (were) telling me, they said ‘man, I’ve never heard from another assistant coach (about) how much information was being given to that staff about game planning against Colorado so they can beat ’em.”
As long as Deion continues to attract publicity, he’s likely to remain a focal point for opponents and have a figurative target on his back.