Cornerback Deion Sanders comes in at No. 1 as we finish our countdown of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. I could go into just how good Sanders was at Florida State, but why don't I let him explain it himself.
Sanders was a four-year starter at Florida State as a cornerback and punt returner. Sanders is widely considered the best cornerback to ever play the game. He was able to shut down half the field and forced teams to scheme against him. Sanders was a two-time consensus All-American in 1987 and 1988. He won the Thorpe award given to the nation's best corner in 1988. His last second pick in the endzone against Auburn secured the 1989 Sugar Bowl victory for the Seminoles. Sanders was also Florida State's career leader in punt return yardage and second in punt return touchdowns.
He finished his career with 186 tackles, 15 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 3 interception returns for touchdowns, and 3 punt return touchdowns. He was inducted into the Florida State football Hall of Fame in 1994. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sanders was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Sanders played 17 seasons in the NFL and was named to the Pro Bowl 8 times. He was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in both 1993 and 1994. He was named the AP defensive player of the year in 1994. He was named to the 1990's NFL All-Decade team. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
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