Deion Sanders was a no-brainer when it came to his first chance at induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, there’s some doubt as to whether he deserves the accolade. And a good deal of this doubt has been cast by Sanders himself.
“That’s not for me,” Sanders said on ESPN 103.3’s “Ben and Skin Show” this week. “I don’t want that accolade. I don’t deserve it.”
Sanders played five seasons for Dallas, helping the team to a Super Bowl victory in 1995, his first season with the team. He brought down 14 interceptions in this span, scored an offensive touchdown and returned four punts for scores in this span--but he came in at the end of the Cowboys’ 90s dynasty, and did most of this work during what fans would describe as forgettable years.
Around two thirds of ESPN Dallas voters agree with Deion’s assessment that he doesn’t have a place in the Ring, and seemingly just as many are appalled that such names as Drew Pearson, Harvey Martin and Ed “Too Tall” Jones remain off the list. The last players to be inducted into the Ring were the Triplets--Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith--back in 2005. Whether anyone will join them this season, we don’t know. That decision is left to Jerry Jones, and Jerry Jones alone.
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