Today in Sports History: September 10

By Jonah Sharf

On September 10, 1989, Deion Sanders made his NFL debut and returned a punt for a 68-yard touchdown. There have been punt return touchdowns in NFL debuts before, but Sanders’ was special because it came just five days after he hit a home run for the New York Yankees. “Primetime” was known primarily for his football talent, as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, he was a two-sport star, playing nine part-time seasons in the MLB. Sanders was known for his speed in baseball, racking up three 20-steal seasons despite never playing more than 100 games in a season, and he even led the NL in triples in 1992. In football, he was a two-time Super Bowl champion, 8-time Pro Bowler, and even won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1994. Sanders became the only athlete to play in both a Super Bowl and World Series, and during his NFL debut he became the only player to score a touchdown and hit a home run in the same week.

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