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Deion Sanders, Pat Hanlon Have Verbal Spar On Live TV

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Deion Sanders should know by now that anything he says can and will be used against him regardless of how he tries to add a comical spin to it. His recent round of verbal sparring is a prime example.

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Sanders definitely made his presence known in Newark, NJ at the Media Day press events for Super Bowl XLVIII.

The legendary cornerback actually snagged a brief, “exclusive interview” with Seattle Seahawks’ star running back Marshawn Lynch.

For those who aren’t aware, the opportunity for anyone to speak publicly with media-shy Lynch is a laudable feat. Lynch ultimately walked out of the official, hour-long press conference after only attending for less than 10 minutes. 

However, most NFL enthusiasts wouldn’t consider Sanders‘ talk with Lynch to be much of an interview, which was the crux of the problem.

New York Giants’ PR expert Pat Hanlon obviously felt some kind of way about Sanders’ tenacious approach with Lynch. As a result, Sanders and Hanlon, who was a guest panelist with the NFL Network, ended up exchanging words.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Hanlon decided to cite Sanders’ not-so-great statistics as a tackler on live television. Sanders definitely didn’t appreciate the underlying insult about his career.

NFL Network host Rich Eisen actually set the stage for the verbal confrontation when he lauded Sanders for getting even a brief interview with Lynch given his history with the press. Bob Raissman of NY Daily News provided a detailed dialogue of the sparring match.

“And he’s also tough to tackle when you’re trying to interview him,” Eisen said.

“Prime got him,” Hanlon said smiling. “Hey, they said Prime didn’t tackle anybody (when he played). Well, he just ‘tackled’ Marshawn Lynch… Sorry to bring that up. I’m a Giant.”

Then, Sanders’ responded to Hanlon’s quipping insult. “I’m about to go into Beast Mode (on Hanlon). Name one game when you didn’t see me (make tackles) — especially against the Giants. Show me the tape,” Sanders said. “See, I get offended when people say that.”

However, Hanlon wouldn’t back down. He opted to approach the situation again with adulation. “When I think about you, I think about you breaking (kicker) Brad Daluiso’s leg (in 1999) returning a kickoff,” Hanlon said.

“Let’s not get off the subject,” Sanders said. “Name me one game… One game when you ever saw me cost my team anything? That (Deion Sanders) hit reel is 59 minutes long. If you want to be the last minute on that hit reel, you can.”

Then, Hanlon opted for the public relations route in an effort to divert the negative nature of the conversation. “We can replay the tape,” Hanlon said. “I didn’t say you didn’t tackle. I said THEY said you didn’t tackle.”

“Good, that’s a good way to get out of it,” Sanders said sarcastically. “Well done. That’s a good answer.”

Its probably safe to say their proverbial jabs were actually worse than any verbal exchange between Seahawks and Broncos all week.

Image via Twitter | Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders, Pat Hanlon Have Verbal Spar On Live TV
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  • Deion

    Deion didn't tackle and Rod Woodson was a much better corner, faster, and a much better tackler. I would take Woodson over Sanders any day.

  • Deion

    Interceptions: Woodson 71; Sanders 53
    Interception TDs: Woodson 12; Sanders 9
    Tackles: Woodson 1,050; Sanders 492
    Sacks: Woodson 13.5; Sanders 1.0
    Pro Bowls: Woodson 11; Sanders 8
    Def. Player of Year: Woodson 1; Sanders 1
    All-Decade Team: Woodson 1990′s; Sanders 1990′s
    75th Anniversary Team: Woodson

  • Deion

    Rod Woodson was more of a complete back and a better defensive football player (disregarding anything he did at WR)

    Woodson:
    71 Interceptions (3rd all time)
    1483 INT Return Yards (1st all time)
    12 INT Return TDs (1st all time)
    20 Forced Fumbles
    32 Fumble Recoveries (1st all time, defensive players)
    1 Fumble Return TD
    1050 Tackles
    17 Total non offensive TD (2nd all time)
    6 Time First Team All Pro
    11 Time Pro Bowl
    7256 Kick/Punt Return Yards
    1 Time DPOY
    1990s All decade Team
    NFL's 75th anniversary team member
    13.5 Sacks

    Deion Sanders
    53 Interceptions (22nd all time)
    1331 INT Return Yards (3rd all time)
    9 INT Return TDs (3rd all time)
    10 Forced Fumbled
    13 Fumble Recoveries
    1 Fumble Return TD
    492 Tackles
    19 Total non offensive TD (1st all time)
    6 Time First Team All Pro
    8 Time Pro Bowl
    5722 Kick/Punt Return Yards
    1 Time DPOY
    1990s All decade Team
    1 Sack

    • DERRICK GATSON

      yeah u said it …"Disregarding other things.. Deion just a better weapon as a player.. stats are stats, but take a poll which one would anybody have on their team.. And DISREGARD DEIONS MOUTH !! LOL

      • Deion

        Yep…. I am not saying Deion sucks or anything like that. Just that Woodson was all around better. Deion's mouth is a two edged sword. It gets him noticed and then people see how good he did as a player and just assume he was the best. Woodson doesn't say anything, so no one notices him, but when you really look at everything, you see that Woodson really blows away Sanders in literally every category. I honestly don't think people understand how fast Woodson was. This man could have seriously competed for a gold medal in the olympics had he chosen that other than football.

        In our culture, hype and big mouths get more credit than quiet people of substance.

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