Deion Sanders knows exactly what it means to be “the man.”
Now, what exactly that means could have a different definition to everyone.
But for sports fans in the late 80s and 90s, there was no question that Deion Sanders was, in fact, the man.
Prime Time was out there winning Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. He was playing in the World Series for the Atlanta Braves, and just generally speaking, he was maybe the coolest man on the planet.
So when Deion Sanders talks about what it means to be “the man,” you should probably listen.
Sanders talked about just that, as well as what it means to be in a fight with his Colorado Buffaloes team prior to a recent spring practice.
“See, you all want to be the man until it’s time to be the man because the man, sooner or later, is going to have to prove he can fight,” Sanders said while talking to this team about what it means to be the man day in and out. “And, you’re going to have your back up against the wall, sooner or later, and you have to come out fighting, and I want to make sure you got that in you. Because I never want to go into a bar, into a club, into a situation where I’ve got somebody with me and he don’t want to fight.
He then talked about what it meant to bring that same fighting mentality to practice every day.
“See, you all want the perks and accolades that accompany the man but not the work and consistency that he must put in consistently to be who he is. Today is going to be a day just like yesterday. So, you have to make up in your mind if you’re going to fight.”
Only time will tell whether Sanders’ speech resonates with his players. But one thing is certain, he clearly has no shortage of motivational messages.