• Deion Sanders is named new head coach of Jackson State
  • He is the only athlete to play in Super Bowl and World Series
  • Sanders has a net worth of around $40 million

Deion Sanders is an NFL legend and he will continue to build on his legacy in another league.

Sanders was named the new head coach of Jackson State. For some, the signing is a steal considering the school could benefit from Sanders’ popularity and vast knowledge of the game. Considering his net worth of $40 million according to Celebrity Net Worth, it is safe to say the former Atlanta Falcons star is not looking for a big paycheck but where he could mentor more.

The former outfielder is set to replace John Hendrick, who registered a sub-par if not underwhelming record for Jackson State. Hendrick managed to obtain a 6-9 win-loss record and 5-5 win-loss conference record from 2018 to 2019, a report from Clarion Ledger revealed. He signed a 2-year, $380,000 deal in 2018 to try to turn things around for the football program. While many are expecting Sanders to receive the same type of deal, others see him getting more because of what he has been able to achieve in his career.

Ravens Deion Sanders runs back interception against Bills for a touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders (37) heads to the end zone en route to a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter in Baltimore October 24, 2004. Bills wide receiver Josh Reed is at right, background. Sanders had two interceptions on the day as the Ravens went on to defeat the Bills, 20-6. REUTERS/Joe Giza

Sanders played for the Falcons from 1989 to 1993, earning $7.5 million in the process, including a $2 million signing bonus. He then suited up for the San Francisco 49ers, making $1.1 million for just one year. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 and received the largest paycheck of his career, pocketing $13 million in five seasons, per Spotrac.

What makes him gifted and unique is that he remains to be the only player who experienced the World Series and Pro Bowl. In 1988, he became a New York Yankee, but it was not until 1989 that he debuted for the MLB. In his nine seasons playing professional baseball for Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds, Sanders earned $13.2 million. When adjusted to today’s inflation rate, his earnings could be worth several millions more.

Aside from making money from playing baseball and football professionally, the 53-year-old also served as ambassador for several global brands. He collaborated with Nike, Pepsi, Burger King, American Express and Pizza Hut, among others.

As the head coach of Jackson State, Sanders will have his work cut out for him. The pressure will be there as all eyes will be on him when he tries to translate his success on field to success off field. He revealed that he actually had offers in the pro, but his decision boiled down to where God has called him.

“I could be an assistant at any college, or a head coach at any college, but at such a time as this, God called me to Jackson State, and me to these men," he said in an interview with Clarion Ledger.