Florida State, NFL legend lands head coaching job with FCS program
Deion Sanders was a legend as a football player, and now he’ll be starting his legacy as a head coach in the college ranks.
Monday morning, Jackson State University announced that it has officially named Sanders as the next head coach of the program. He will be the school’s 21st head coach of the football team.
“I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University,” said Sanders, in a press release. “This amazing HBCU has always enjoyed a high level of commitment academically and athletically. It’s my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the Sonic Boom of the South, and HBCUs in general. I am TRULY proud to be a part of the JSU Tiger family. ‘I BELIEVE'”
Deion Sanders officially named the 21st head football coach at Jackson State University #CoachPrime
— Jackson State Athletics (@GoJSUTigers) September 21, 2020
Jackson State is a program that competes at the FCS level of NCAA Division I football.
“I am thrilled to welcome Deion Sanders to Jackson State University, the City of Jackson, and Mississippi,” said athletic director Ashley Robinson. “Coach Sanders is student-athlete centered and cares about young men and their wellbeing beyond the football field. We expect to compete for and win championships at Jackson State, and Coach Sanders will help us achieve those goals.”
Sanders comes to Jackson State after serving as the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Texas. This will be his first coaching gig at the collegiate level.
Sanders was a star at both Florida State and in the NFL. He was a two-way player on the field, playing both defensive back and wide receiver during his career.
In an NFL career that lasted over a decade, Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a six-time first-team All-Pro, a two-time Super Bowl Champion and was the league’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.
Sanders had been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.