Jackson State University's Deion Sanders And QB Son, Shedeur Sanders, Named SWAC Coach & Freshman Of The Year
The former NFL star has served as JSU's head football coach since Sept. 2020.
November 25, 2021 at 1:51 am
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) recently announced that Deion Sanders was its 2021 Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, the organization also named Shedeur Sanders as its Freshman of the Year — Effectively acknowledging that this father-son duo is a force to be reckoned with!
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This decision comes as the JSU Tigers prepare to take on the Prairie View A&M Panthers at the SWAC championship game this Saturday (Dec. 4). Jackson State earned its spot at the highly-anticipated matchup after Sanders, who took the head coaching position just last year, led the team to a 10-1 season.
The only loss JSU faced this season was during a September game against the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
This accomplishment is one of many listed on the 54-year-old head coach's résumé. Sanders originally became known as a talented NFL star who played from 1989 to 2000, with his most lengthy stints being with the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. A few years after retiring, he went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens for two seasons. He later began his coaching career in 2012, and Jackson State is the first HBCU he's worked with.
While Deion Sanders hasn't publicly spoken on the exciting news yet, he has re-shared several posts about the matter on his Instagram Story. Meanwhile, Shedeur Sanders appears to have alluded to being named the SWAC Freshman of the Year through Twitter.
"Speak it into existence #Legendary," the JSU quarterback tweeted yesterday.
The news also comes about a month-and-a-half after Coach Sanders invited controversial fitness model Brittany Renner to meet team members, as Blavity previously reported. Ahead of the meeting, Renner infamously uploaded an Instagram photo captioned, "Hey Jackson State! Hide your sons."