NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders joins CBS, NBC and NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football pregame and halftime coverage for the 2016 NFL season.
On Sundays during the NFL season, Sanders joins host Chris Rose and analyst LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Final with highlights, analysis and postgame interviews.
Additionally, Sanders provides on-location analysis for NFL Network’s coverage of the Super Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft.
In 2011, Sanders, along with Faulk were a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s induction class. Additionally, in May 2011, he was one of 14 players and two coaches to be named in the National Football Foundation’s 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class.
Sanders, who holds the NFL record for career return touchdowns (19 by kickoff, punt, interception and fumble), also added game analyst to his versatile resume in 2006, with an impromptu appearance in the broadcast booth during Cowboys vs. Falcons on NFL Network with Faulk, filling in for Dick Vermeil. Sanders and Faulk returned to the NFL Network booth in 2007, providing color analysis for Bengals vs. 49ers and Steelers vs. Rams, and again in 2008 for Ravens vs. Cowboys. Sanders retired after spending the 2004-05 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Previously, he was an analyst on CBS’ The NFL Today pregame show from 2001-03.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Sanders played 14 NFL seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He has 53 career interceptions – 22nd all-time – and his 25.1-yards per interception return average ranks second in NFL history (minimum 30 interceptions). Sanders is also tied for second all-time with nine interception-return touchdowns, ranking behind former NFL Network analyst Rod Woodson (14).
In 1994, Sanders helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Among his six regular-season interceptions for the 49ers, he returned three for touchdowns and became the first player in NFL history with two 90+ yard INT-returns for touchdowns in a season. He also had INTs in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIX.
A year later the versatile Sanders won his second consecutive championship, helping the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl XXX victory. During that postseason, he caught a 47-yard pass in the Super Bowl, had a key 35-yard third-down reception in the NFC Championship Game, and scored on a 21-yard reverse in the NFC Divisional Playoff.
A two-time All-American at Florida State, Sanders was the first-round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 1989. He is the only person in professional sports history to play in the World Series and the Super Bowl.