The Pro Football Hall of Fame isn’t a high enough honor for Prime Time.
Deion Sanders — an eight-time All-Pro, eight-time Pro-Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion — wants another echelon to the Hall of Fame, a heightened distinction that he would be a part of.
“The Hall of Fame ain’t the Hall of Fame anymore,” Sanders said in a video posted by Well Off Media. “I love it, I respect it, I admire it. I think all of the guys who are inducted definitely are deserving. But there needs to be a different colored jacket. My jacket needs to be a different color. It needs to be a starting 11, it needs to be an upper room. My head don’t belong with some of those other heads in the Hall of Fame. Put my head where my head’s supposed to be. My head isn’t supposed to be there.”
Sanders, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 during his first year of eligibility, criticized the Hall for becoming a “free for all.”
“It’s people that changed the game, that’s what the Hall of Fame is,” Sanders argued. “A game-changer. Not, ‘I played good, I had a good little run, I gave you three good years.’ No, dog. Game-changers.”
Sanders, now the head football coach at Jackson State, seemed aware that his opinion would induce some backlash.
“I’m sorry, I’m saying what y’all are thinking,” Sanders declared. “A lot of y’all Hall of Famers are thinking the same thing.”
The Pro Football Hall of Fame boasts a total of 362 members, including an eight-person class that received their busts in Canton last week.