Today in Sports History: September 10

On this day in 1989, Deion Sanders scored his first NFL touchdown by returning a punt 68 yards playing against the Los Angeles Rams. Sanders initially fumbled the football but recovered in spectacular fashion, eluding six potential tackles with his phenomenal speed and agility. The incredible dual athlete did this five days after hitting a home run for the Yankees in a 12-2 win over the Mariners. Sanders’s sports career was unlike any other; he played nine seasons in the MLB and fourteen seasons in the NFL. Sanders is the only athlete to have scored an MLB home run and an NFL touchdown in the same week. In the MLB, he helped the Atlanta Braves get to the 1992 World Series. Throughout the series, he had four runs, eight hits, two doubles, and one RBI while playing with a broken bone in his foot. In 1997, Sanders finished second in the National League with 56 stolen bases in 115 games. In the NFL, Sanders helped the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys to secure Super Bowl wins. Sanders was an elite cornerback, having been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.

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