Video: The Legacy - Shedeur Sanders
See how Deion Sanders' son handles living in shadow cast by Hall of Fame father.
is a quarterback. Not a scrambling, dual-threat,
Rather, this 6-foot-2,
190-pound sophomore from Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas)
is a pocket passing, pro-style quarterback, who throws tight, catch-able passes of any length or
More importantly, he's not a cornerback or game-breaking
return man either. Not like his daddy, NFL Hall of Famer and two-time
Super Bowl champion Deion "Primetime" Sanders.
side-stepped the pressure and simmering spotlight cast by the bright
personality and career of his father, stepped up into the unknown pocket
of his own young life and fired nothing but figurative and literal
completions at virtually every turn.
As a freshman, he helped
turn a 4-6 team from the season before into a 12-1 Division 2 TAPPS
state champion by throwing for 2,360 yards and 34 touchdowns. RELIVE 2017 TRINITY SEASON: Watch Truth About Trinity series
season, he's been even more impressive, with 2,853 passing yards and 39
touchdowns for the 13-0 Tigers, who average 48 points per game and play
for a second straight title Saturday night against Regents (Austin,
With every snap, every hand-off, every long touchdown
pass, Shedeur doesn't deflect the limelight of his father. Instead, he
absorbs and embraces it.
"It's not any pressure living up to
what my Dad did cuz I'm Shedeur Sanders," he says. "I'm a quarterback
not a cornerback. I'm not a running quarterback, so there is no
pressure at all. ... Whenever you had a dad who did (what he did), then
you have no choice to be great like him."
Shedeur has been
nearly perfect the last month, throwing for 20 touchdowns and no
interceptions in his last five games. There's a reason he keeps getting
"I want to leave a legacy that can't be touched here," he said.
that sense, he sounds a lot like his father. He exhibits the confidence
and inner strength of Deion, without flashing much, if at all, of the
Instead, he works diligently at his craft, making sure he's not caught from behind.
"I wake up every morning and put in work because I know someone is getting great when I'm not," he said.