Without question, Deion Sanders has dealt with a lot of animosity in his first season as the Buffs head coach.
Whether or not people felt justified in their criticisms of the former Hall-of-Fame athlete, his personality draws criticism wherever he goes.
Much of this treatment for the majority of his life has allowed him to develop skills in coping with and handling these circumstances. Skills he wants his players to adopt when entering the real world.
This is ever so more important, as it is a life lesson he was able to pass on to the child reporter who asked him the question in a press conference this season.
How You Walk, How You Talk, How You Look
Sanders mentioned how it’s been a constant battle in life, both on and off the field.
“Preconceived notions, preconceived ideas,” he said. “When people purposely think you’re a certain way and they haven’t even met you. They don’t even know you, and you’re stereotyped because of how you talk, how you walk, how you look, what you wear, instead of waiting to really find out who you are truly.”
That’s Something We All Must Overcome
Sanders went on to mention this is something the world should change.
“That’s something that we all must overcome, because this is such a judgmental world we live in,” he said. “There’s so much judgment in all of us. And I don’t understand it one bit. I really like you to show me who you are, and I’m going to believe you.”
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