Sports | August 12, 2020 11:02 am

Deion Sanders Departing NFL Network for Barstool Sports

Sanders will join Barstool to host the new "21st and Prime" podcast

Deion Sanders Departing NFL Network for Barstool Sports
Deion Sanders at Super Bowl LIII Radio Row on January 31, 2019. (Cindy Ord/Getty for SiriusXM)
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After nearly 15 years at the NFL Network, two-time Super Bowl-winner Deion Sanders is leaving to take on a new role at Barstool Sports.

Sanders, who has been an on-air analyst at NFL Network since 2006, will be the host of a new Barstool podcast called “21st and Prime,” the outlet announced on Wednesday on its “Pardon My Take” podcast.

“I had no idea when I went on with you guys last time that this would transpire so quickly,” Sanders said on the podcast Wednesday, referring to an appearance he made on the show at the end of July.

The move comes after Sanders agreed to a new deal with the NFL Network after his old contract expired, but he ultimately decided to leave the company anyway.

“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of NFL Network,” NFL Network head of communications Alex Riethmiller told Sports Business Daily. “We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”

Sanders, 53, played 14 seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Washington and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. A standout at Florida State, Sanders also played professionally in Major League Baseball for the Yankees, Braves, Reds and Giants.

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