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Deion Sanders denies making a list of NFL teams he let his kids play for: ‘That’s a stupid lie’

Deion Sanders has big plans for his children, Colorado players Shilo and Shedeur Sanders, plus star Travis Hunter, in the NFL Draft. He just doesn’t have a specific list of teams he can draft.

The Colorado head coach made headlines again last month with reports that he had a list of six NFL teams he would let his children play for: believed to be the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Commanders, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens .

Not coincidentally, five of those are teams Deion played for during his NFL career.

However, Sanders threw a few buckets of cold water on those reports this week, first telling a local CBS affiliate that it was “a stupid lie” (video above):

“Who said that and did you see me say that? …The thing about a lie, a lie is so fast. It can outrun the truth any day. That’s a lie with a bold face. That’s a stupid lie. I have more than six owners who are friends. I have more than six GMs who are friends [seasons] and I worked another 17, I believe, in the NFL, NFL Network and CBS. I know a lot of people. Come on. So I would never do that. Before I make it public, if I were so stupid, I wouldn’t make public the teams I’d like them to play for, but the different ones I wouldn’t.”

He disputed it again with reporters on Thursday.

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Over the past few days, there has been a steady stream of merges and reactions to the idea of ​​Sanders becoming a full-on helicopter parent as his kids head to the NFL. However, the origin of the report appears to be a few weeks old and, as Sanders pointed out, not exactly what the man said.

Why do people think Deion Sanders only lets his kids play for six NFL teams?

As far as we know, the majority of reports about Sanders’ “list” come from a New York Post article published on March 25, itself based on an appearance by Sanders on the podcast “Million Dollaz Worth Of Game’ which was published on March 22. Other media outlets, such as ESPN and CBS Sports, gathered the same “information” after the Post article was published, and more did the same this week.

We’re now going to list every quote we could find from Sanders on this 75-minute podcast that relates to his children and their potential draft destinations.

The main one, in which Sanders makes it clear that there are certain teams he will not allow to draft his children and Hunter, with an open threat to pull an Eli Manning (i.e. refuse to play for a team that you draft according to the 2004 standings). off that led to the youngest Manning brother being traded by the San Diego Chargers):

“One of them will be one, and the last would not be behind the four. This is all subjective, because I know where I want – I actually want them to go. And let’s not forget Shilo, but I know where I want them to go. So it won’t happen to certain cities.

A host then notes that “whatever city they go to, you’ve got people there,” to which Sanders responds “Oh yeah.”

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Later, one of the hosts said they would take Shilo against the Eagles. Sanders’ response:

“Yes, that would be good for him.”

And finally, Sanders says this about the Falcons:

“It was certain cities that fit. Atlanta fit. And that’s what I want for my kids. All of them. I want the right fit.”

“What’s wrong with Atlanta?”

“First of all, there’s the ethnicity, because that’s the first time I ever saw black people in positions of authority. I had never seen African Americans as doctors and lawyers until I went there to visit All-American. I was blown away by it .”

That seems to be it.

And yet the Post reported this in the eleventh paragraph of its story:

“He also mentioned San Francisco, Dallas, Washington and Baltimore as potential cities he would approve of them playing in – all teams he played for during his fourteen-season career.”

Yahoo Sports couldn’t find any mention of San Francisco, Dallas, Washington or Baltimore in a review of the podcast.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Shedeur Sanders, Deion Sanders and Shilo Sanders attend the 13th Annual NFL Honors at Resorts World Theater on February 8, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Deion Sanders knows where he wants his children, Shedeur and Shilo, to go. The list just seems to be longer than six teams. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

So like Sanders, we’re not entirely sure how this list came to be. However, it would also be incorrect to say that Sanders is not doing any machinations to prevent his children from going to a place he does not want. He said outright that he’s willing to do what the Manning family did in 2004, which along with John Elway is the most famous example of a player trying to exert his will in the usually ironclad draft process.

Sanders also said outright that he doesn’t want his kids playing for a cold-weather team last month, which creates its own list of sorts (although Philadelphia apparently doesn’t count).

All of this appears to be the product of a game of telephone involving a podcast, a tabloid and aggregators hungry for Sanders content. That’s strange considering how much Sanders is already willing to do to raise awareness of his Colorado program.

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