deion sanders

Former NFL star Deion Sanders is paid handsomely for his football opinions by NFL Network, but that job apparently involves dropping hot takes rather than knowing who’s actually in the NFL. At least, that’s the appearance from Sanders’ behavior this week, where he called new Houston Texans’ safety Tyrann Mathieu “the best safety in the game” on air Monday.

That brought some criticism, which Sanders tried to brush off with a typical “I played and you’re just a fan” response. The only problem? The particular criticism he brushed off that way came from Tennessee Titans’ All-Pro safety Kevin Byard, who Sanders didn’t appear to recognize:

Woof. That’s a bad miss from Sanders, considering that he should be aware of who Byard is. It’s not like this is a particularly obscure NFL player; while Byard doesn’t have the name recognition of some players, he recorded a league-leading eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries last season (his second in the league), and was named a first-team All-Pro (plus selected to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement). If Sanders wants to argue that Mathieu is a better player, that’s fine, but maybe use some logic beyond “I played and you’re a fan” when talking to another high-level NFL player?

Byard went on to demolish Sanders pretty effectively:

Byard even said he has plenty of respect for Mathieu, and even Sanders:

And Byard went off on Sanders further in an ESPN interview:

“I asked him a simple question of how he came up with the information on the best safety. He threw me aside like I was a nobody,” Byard told ESPN on Wednesday morning. “It just puts a bigger chip on my shoulder. I come from a situation where I’ve been ignored my whole life. Being a two-star prospect, having maybe five offers coming out, broke every school record at my school, and I was still talked about being a Day 3 or undrafted guy. In two years, I’m an All-Pro and Pro Bowler.”

At any rate, this led to a widespread roasting of Sanders, including from other NFL players:

Other media members blasted Sanders, too:

For his part, Sanders doesn’t appear to have corrected his tweet or apologized for it. His social media feed has gone back to motivational postings and retweets of his son. And maybe it should stay that way; his tweet at Byard certainly wasn’t ready for Prime Time.

[Bleacher Report]

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