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“You Just Came Out the Womb”: Deion Sanders Schools Colorado Buffaloes on the Harsh Reality of NIL With Hard-Hitting Facts

Published 02/29/2024, 10:25 PM EST

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Deion Sanders recently shared a dose of reality with a group of Colorado students. Exposing the complexities of success, Coach Prime shed light on the instant gratification this generation runs after and their evolving ambitions. In a world enamored with the allure of NIL deals, the coach puts forward a fresh perspective.

Weaving tales of hard work and patience, he draws parallels with the legendary Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Deion Sanders passionately conveyed the importance of understanding the path to success. Drawing from his own experience, Sanders underscored the value of patience citing examples of legendary athletes like NBA star Magic Johnson.

He claimed, “You know Magic had to be Magic several years down the street before he got whatever he had now. You guys want it right now and you can’t really handle that light and handle the adversity and handle the trials and tribulations and you’re not really ready for that because you just came out the womb.”

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With this example, the Buffs’ coach tried to point out the fundamental difference between the expectations of the current generation and the hard-earned success of prior generations. he offers a broader perspective that is essential for handling the spotlight and pressure that accompany success. This is something Deion Sanders strongly believes and has applied in his real life in guiding his son, Buffs’ quarterback Shedeur who holds a prestigious position in the NIL chart.  

Coach Prime’s take on Shedeur’s NIL valuation

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At present, Shedeur Sanders is ranked at the second position with an estimated NIL valuation of $4.7 million while LeBron James’ son Bronny James still secures the prime spot. However, this honor has nothing to do with the father-son relationship since Deion Sanders has a close watch on his son’s journey ahead. Previously, he claimed, I’m tough, I’m disciplined, I’m tenacious on the kids but I want them to be smart and have discipline and character. If you don’t have that, you aren’t playing for us. I demand that.”

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He also emphasized how even though NIL deals did not exist back in the times of Jordan and Johnson, they were the flagbearers of a successful journey running high in hard work, resilience, and the ability to handle adversity. After years of grit, Johnson now holds an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion while Jordan is now worth $3 billion.   

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Deion’s words serve as a reminder that the journey to greatness does not come with instant fame. With this, he urges the younger generation to understand and respect the value of earned success and adhere to a more sustainable path to achievement instead of falling prey to temptations. 

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Soheli Tarafdar is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Soheli is fascinated by the fusion of teamwork, those split-second decisions, and the raw physical power of football athletes. She loves decoding the locker room rumors, the cryptic posts, and the behind-the-scenes drama brewing in the college football world.
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