Deion Sanders is and will always be the gold standard of what a cornerback should be in the NFL. Extremely quick, reactionary, assertive, and possesses cat-like reflexes that cats are actually jealous of. The man was electric, at any point in the game, he could change the outcome without even touching the ball. Lord knows what would happen IF he actually did get the ball on his hands. Fact is, he locked down any wide receiver that lined up across from him on that football field. That man KNEW that if he was lined up on that side, he wasn't catching any footballs, not getting any attention from his quarterback, and would be invisible to all the fans in the stadium and watching around the world.
So why does it not surprise me that two phenom wide receivers, former Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, and now former Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, who are looking to enter the NFL are being "shut down" by this all-world cornerback in Mr. Sanders.
Michael Crabtree just yesterday finally signed his deal with the San Francisco 49ers, a full 5 weeks AFTER the season had already started. Crabtree had been "advised" to hold out because he was rated as the #1 WR prospect on the board, and although he wasn't the first WR drafted (that dubious distinction goes to Maryland standout Darrius Heyward-Bey) he was commanding #1 WR money. (Which truth be told, shouldn't Crabtree be elated he didn't get drafted by Oakland? Did you see DHB's face when he got picked? He has ONE CATCH this season! Moving on...) Crabtree's agent, Eugene Parker, has experience in brokering big deals like this, he was the former agent of one...you ready?...Deion Sanders! DING!
Now, news breaks yesterday after Crabtree finally signs with San Fran, that OSU Cowboys' wideout Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible (not suspended) by the NCAA for unauthorized contact with a "former NFL player" and lied about it to NCAA authorities. Who do you think the "former NFL player" is?
From ESPN's Joe Schad - The NCAA interviewed Bryant before the season and also on Sept. 11, the day before a game against Houston, asking if he had visited Sanders' home, if he had worked out with Sanders and also if he had had any interaction with agents.
Bryant was asked specifically by NCAA investigators if he had ever met agents who have represented Sanders and he told them he hadn't.
It was widely known that Bryant would leave the campus of Stillwater for days at a time to supposedly meet up with Sanders and talk about preparation for the NFL, training, and other advice he could get from the great Deion Sanders. Now, he's probably done for the season and his stock as the #1 WR in the 2010 draft is now supremely in question.
Deion, stop locking down wide receivers that aren't making any money yet. Otherwise, I'm thinking that you got different motives, or that it "Must Be The Money" that's turning you on. Honestly, I know that you probably had great intentions, but you got to take the high road on these situations. They are grown men, and they've got to take their bumps and learn just like everyone else, and you've got to know you can't do what you've been doing with Crabtree and Bryant.
Thanks to you sir, we the fans got cheated on seeing Crab on the field with the Niners, and now we're done looking at Bryant and offensive juggernaut which is Oklahoma State. Go teach these DBs how to lock up, you retired remember? Appreciate it buddy, thanks.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON DEION'S INVOLVEMENT WITH CRABTREE AND BRYANT? DOES THIS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME? SHOULD DEZ BE GONE FOR THE SEASON? LET US KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!