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Deion Sanders has accepted the $29.5 million head coaching job at the University of Colorado. The NFL legend will leave Jackson State University when the season ends.

Sanders’s $5 million annual salary is the highest ever for a Colorado head coach.

The announcement caps several weeks of rumors that Sanders was leaving Jackson State for Colorado. The news was an open secret. Coaching staff and student athletes at both schools spoke openly to the media about Sanders.

The Hall of Famer did little to keep the news contained. He traveled to Boulder to meet the football team and he spoke with his own coaching staff to see who was willing to make the move with him.

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One person who will make the trip is his son Shedeur Sanders. The 20-year-old will be the Colorado Buffaloes’ starting quarterback. “He has to earn it though,” said Sanders during a packed introduction press briefing in Colorado on Sunday.

Sanders, 55, took JSU from obscurity in 2020 to an undefeated 12-0 season in 2022. Sanders’ teams posted a 27-5 overall record.

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Sanders, a baseball phenom, was signed by the Atlanta Falcons NFL team in 1989. He started for the Falcons while still playing for the Atlanta Braves MLB team in 1991.

Sanders played for 5 NFL teams and four MLB teams. In addition to being a 2× Super Bowl champion, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

But his stats mean nothing to his critics who downplayed his move to Colorado. One reporter for CBS Sports said, “Sanders chose a scenic, run-down football program in a hippie town to plant his Power Five flag.”

The writer complained that Sanders should’ve taken the Georgia Tech job in the South where “he is revered” and “seemed to make the most sense.”

Black Twitter had mixed reactions to the news. Some called Sanders a “sell-out” for leaving an HBCU to be head coach at a majority white school in the Colorado Rockies.

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