One of the most entertaining football players in American sports history has to be Deion Sanders. Few have had the success he had on the gridiron, but he also did it in baseball. To nobody’s surprise, he’s succeeded since his retirement as well.
Born in Fort Myers, Florida, Sanders attended North Fort Myers High School and was All-State selection in football, basketball, and baseball. He was selected to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which chose the top-33 players in the 100-year history of Florida high school football.
Sanders was a talented enough baseball player that he was selected in the sixth round of the 1985 MLB Draft as a senior in high school.
After such a successful college career at Florida State, Sanders was selected with the fifth-overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1989 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons in Atlanta before playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins. He retired and then returned three years later to play for the Baltimore Ravens at the age of 37.
In his long career, Sanders won two Super Bowls. One came in his lone season with San Francisco and the next came a season later in his first season in Dallas. During the 1994 season with the 49ers, he was also named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
In the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft, Sanders was taken by the New York Yankees in the 30th round. He played two seasons with the Yankees, playing in 71 games and hitting .178 in 199 at-bats. He also played for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants in nine seasons from 1989-2001.
In nine seasons, Sanders made a total of about $12.8 million, according to Baseball Almanac. His top salary season was in 1995 with the Reds when he made $3.66 million.
In 1989, Sanders married Carolyn Chambers and had two children with her before divorcing in 1998. His children from that marriage were his son Deion Sanders Jr. and Deiondra Sanders.
He was married again in 1999 to Pilar Sanders, having three children with her before a messy divorce in 2011. The children he had with her are sons Shilo and Shedeur, along with a daughter Shelomi Sanders.
He currently lives in Texas with his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, who he has been with since 2012.
Deion Sanders has been an entertainer, even when he was on the field. So transitioning to television was natural for the superstar. He is a sports analyst for NFL Network and has appeared on other sports networks like ESPN and CBS Sports since the early 2000’s. His annual salary is $65,000 a year.
Sanders has taken his ability to speak and turned it into a really solid career as a public speaker. He is available to hire as a speaker for events like product announcements, keynote speeches, and autograph signings. Hiring Sanders for an event costs $50,000 to $100,000.
Deion Sanders Net Worth
As one of the top defensive players in the NFL, and a solid Major League Baseball player, Sanders was making a lot of money during his playing days. Additionally, he was part of ads for Nike, Pizza Hut, and American Express.
During 14 seasons in the NFL, Sanders made a total of $33.6 million. That is made up of a combination of salary, signing bonuses, and roster bonuses. His salary accounts for $17.5 million while $12.7 million was made for signing bonuses and $3.325 million were roster bonuses.
Sanders made a seven-figure salary in five of his 14 seasons, his highest salary of his first five seasons being $825,000. In his first nine seasons, he had a salary over one million dollars just once. That came in his one year for the 49ers at $1.13 million. For comparison, the 97th cornerback in salary in 2019 is Isaiah Oliver and has a salary of $1.159 million.
So a giant estimated net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, really shouldn’t’ surprise too many since not many have ever done as much as Neon Deion has.