He could do it all: Score touchdowns. Steal bases. Rap. Okay, maybe not rap. But Deion Sanders was a freakishly talented athlete, and for three seasons in the early ’90s, the stars aligned so that he was both a Falcon (feared pass defender) and a Brave (feared base runner). In 1992 it all came together: With the Falcons, Sanders led the NFL in kickoff-return yards, and with the Braves, he batted .304. On October 11, he attempted to become the first man to play in two pro leagues in the same day, flying from a Falcons game in Miami to a Braves game in Pittsburgh. Alas, he didn’t play that night. Today he’s a Pro Football Hall of Famer and an analyst for CBS Sports.
This article originally appeared in our March 2015 issue.