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HOLLYWOOD - JULY 19: Deion Sanders speaks onstage at the 2010 VH1 Do Something! Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/Getty Images for VH1)

Deion Sanders may be the greatest cornerback to ever grace a football field. Not only did he epitomize the shutdown corner, the very term was invented to describe him.

That said, Deion is also among the biggest self-promoters to ever play a team sport. He dubbed himself “Prime Time,” danced to the beat of his own drummer, and allegedly sewed seeds of discord in locker rooms where he played.

In his book Boys Will Be Boys, Jeff Pearlman quotes former Cowboy Kevin Smith: “There was a division between Deion and Troy (Aikman) that began to bubble over. We called it ‘Double Doors’ at Valley Ranch. Once we walked through those double doors it was football. We could laugh and joke, but it was all about football. To Aikman, that was sacred.”

“When Deion came in,” Smith continued, “Something changed for the worst. Guys who should have been studying football on a Wednesday…were focused on other things. “ Continue reading »