Deion Sanders Prefers QBs From ‘Dual Parent’ Households, ‘Single Mama’ Homes For Defensive Linemen When Recruiting
Deion Sanders was a star NFL cornerback who simultaneously played outfield in major league baseball. He has a big personality and was recently hired as head football coach by the U. of Colorado to generate some buzz among potential recruits.
By Luke Kane Feb 16th, 2023, 5:21 pm
… Sanders was on the Rich Eisen Show from Super Bowl LVII‘s radio row, and the former NFL star gave up his secret for recruiting players at certain positions after the host wondered how Sanders pitches parents of young athletes.
… Sanders said. “Now, quarterbacks are different. We want mother, father. Dual-parent. We want that kid to be a 3.5 [GPA] and up because he has to be smart. Not bad decisions off the field at all. Because he has to be a leader of men and so many different attributes in what we look for when we see a quarterback.”
Coach Prime likes to have a quarterback whose father coached football, which got an amused smile from Eisen, considering Sanders’ son Shedeur will be the quarterback for the Buffaloes in the 2023 season.
Erin should stay in South Dakota because she's not ready for Prime Time.— Frank DeScushin (@FrankDeScushin) February 17, 2023
Meanwhile, Deion keeps it real. When Deion's son tried to pretend he was hood on Twitter, Daddy was sure to blow up his scene and remind him who he is: pic.twitter.com/0qtzHpx7Rl
“Different positions are different,” Sanders said. “Like O-linemen, I look for dual-parent homes. A strong father that they adhere to. Smart kid, at least 3.3 [GPA] and above. Tough, physical.”
But on the the defensive side of the ball, the coach looks for a different set of characteristics, and a different family situation.
In American football, defensive positions, such as pass rushing defensive ends, are more offensive than defensive by personality. You have less of a plan to implement. You need more pure aggression.
“Defensive lineman is totally opposite,” Sanders said. “Single mama, trying to get it. He’s on free lunch. I’m talking about just trying to make it. He’s trying to rescue mama. Like, mama barely made the flight, and I just want him to go get it.”
Not surprisingly, these kind of patterns lead to big racial differences at these positions.
A big deal was made out of the recent Super Bowl featuring two black quarterbacks, but they both are products of the sports bourgeoisie. Jalen Hurts, who played well for Philadelphia in defeat, is the son of married parents. His father is the head football coach at a big public high school in the Houston area, where high school football is taken seriously.
Two-time Super Bowl winner Patrick Mahomes has a white mother married to his black father, a retired major league baseball pitcher. He also grew up in Eastern Texas and appears to be a solid citizen (don’t let me down, Pat).
Being a college or pro quarterback is so competitive that it helps a lot to have a dad around who talks sports with you from his experienced perspective all day long.
Similarly, NFL head coaches tend to be the sons and even grandsons of career coaches. It’s the kind of hyper-competitive job where it helps to have a whole lot of football coaching nurture while growing up.
The media is always up in arms that blacks make it to NFL head coach jobs in proportion to their share of the population, rather than their share of NFL players. But becoming an NFL head coach is seldom something you can do just from your own amazing in-born John Galt-like Nature. You also need your father, the coach, providing you with a ton of inside-football sports Nurture as a kid.
Blacks tend to get less of that nurture from their fathers.
By the way, this makes me more impressed with LeBron James. He’s the son of a jailbird dad and a teen single mom. Over his 20 seasons in the NBA, while he’s done some obnoxious things, in general, despite coming from the underclass, he’s worked immensely hard and held it together in the spotlight long enough to break Kareem’s career scoring record this month.
And LeBron did it without being a selfish ball hog: he’s also fourth all-time in assists.