Deion “Prime Time” Sanders may arguably be one of the most gifted athletes of all time. He is the only player in professional sports history to make a trip to both the World Series and the Super Bowl. After his time in both the MLB and the NFL was over, he has earned a significant amount of money and also struck several endorsement deals. In this piece, we’re taking a look at Deion Sanders’ net worth in 2021.
Deion Sanders’ net worth in 2021: $40 million
Prime Time has a net worth of around $40 million in 2021, per Celebrity Net Worth.
The star cornerback became a journeyman in his 14-year career, playing for five different teams. Given his versatility, he occasionally played as a wide receiver, punt returner, and a kick returner. He was selected fifth overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1989 NFL Draft. He went on to sign a 5-year, $5.225 million contract with the Falcons.
Sanders then took his talents to the San Francisco 49ers and inked a one-year, $1.1 million deal in 1994. The next season, he cashed in on a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys. In 2000, he joined the Washington Redskins for a lucrative seven-year, $56 million deal contract. However, he didn’t play out the entirety of his contract as he temporarily retired from playing football by the end of the season.
In September 2004, Sanders returned to the league as a member of the Baltimore Ravens for a one-year, $1.5 million. In 2005, he renewed the same terms of the previous contract to stay with the team for another year. Prime Time officially bid goodbye to the game of football in February 2006. He was later inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and became a member of the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019.
Sanders also played part-time baseball as a left and center fielder for four different teams. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the sixth round of the 1985 MLB Draft but did not sign with them. The New York Yankees selected Sanders in the 30th round of the 1988 MLB Draft and made his major league baseball debut on May 31, 1989.
During the 1989 season, he hit a major league home run and scored a touchdown in the NFL in the same week, becoming the only player ever to do so. By mid-July, Sanders expressed that he was unsure if he would remain with the Yankees or report to training camp for the upcoming NFL season. He requested a $1 million salary for the 1991 season, and the Yankees ended negotiations on a contract extension with Sanders. He left the team, finishing the 1990 season with a .158 batting average and three home runs in 57 games.
Sanders later signed with the Atlanta Braves for the 1991 season. He had the best season of his baseball career in 1992, batting .304 with a league-leading 14 triples as he helped the Braves reach the World Series. His team, however, suffered a six-game loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
He was then traded to the Cincinnati Reds during the 1994 season and then to the San Francisco Giants during the 1995 season. In 1997, Sanders finished second with 56 stolen bases in 115 games for the Cincinnati Reds before leaving baseball for three years. Sanders returned to the Reds in 2001 but was released after playing in only 29 games and batting just .173. Following his release from the Reds, he agreed to a minor league contract with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Toronto Blue Jays triple-A affiliate.
Sanders’ football contract had been negotiated to allow for him to play both baseball and football, but the terms of the contract stated that Sanders could miss NFL training camp and the first few games of the season only if he were playing Major League Baseball. Since he was not on an MLB roster, Sanders had to leave Syracuse and return to the Redskins so he would not violate his NFL contract.
In his final professional baseball game in 2001, Sanders hit a solo home run and an RBI single in Syracuse’s 12–6 win over the Toledo Mud Hens. He amassed over $13.2 million throughout his nine-year professional baseball career.
Sanders struck his first endorsement deal with Nike at around $250,000 a year. Six months later, Nike improved the deal to a seven-digit figure. Sanders has also worked with global brands Pizza Hut, GMC, Van Heusen, and American Express.
Sanders also funded charter schools in Texas and founded the Prime Prep Academy in 2012. The academy, however, shut down in 2015 due to financial insolvency.
In 2018, Sanders announced that he would be collaborating with the Kosh Network to work on the ‘Prime 5’ project which aims at raising $21 million throughout 2019 to help fight poverty within the Dallas area.
He also spent time as a television football analyst and starred in a short-lived reality television series entitled “Deion’s Family Playbook”.
Nowadays, Sanders is now the head coach of the Jackson State football program, which is definitely going to bolster his bank account.