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  • In an Instagram post Monday, Sanders shared his disappointment over the lack of HBCU players.
  • “And we have the Audacity to Hate on one another while our kids are being NEGLECTED & REJECTED,” Sanders wrote.
  • “I witnessed a multitude of kids that we played against that were more than qualified to be drafted. My prayers are that This won’t EVER happen again. Get yo knife out my back and fight with me not against me!” he said.

NFL Hall of Famer and Jackson State football coach Deion Sanders is not happy that NFL teams passed over players from historically black colleges and universities during last week's draft. 

While the pro league has long looked to HBCU’s as a source for talented athletes, none of the 259 players drafted last weekend came from HBCU programs. 


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In an Instagram post Monday, Sanders shared his disappointment over the lack of drafted HBCU players. 

“And we have the Audacity to Hate on one another while our kids are being NEGLECTED & REJECTED,” Sanders wrote in the caption. 

“I witnessed a multitude of kids that we played against that were more than qualified to be drafted. My prayers are that This won’t EVER happen again. Get yo knife out my back and fight with me not against me!” Sanders wrote. 

Sanders recently became the most high-profile coach in HBCU football after taking over as coach for Jackson State in September. 

The lack of HBCU players drafted this year is a consequence of a number of factors, including the postponement and cancellation of seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While no HBCU players were drafted, Grambling’s David Moore, Florida A&M’s Calvin Ashley, North Carolina A&T’s Mac McCain signed free agent contracts with NFL teams. 

“It’s hard to believe that not one guy is worth being drafted,” Washington Football Team senior adviser Doug Williams told The Washington Post. Williams is also a Grambling alum and the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl

“That to me, that’s a travesty,” Williams said. “Hopefully, we can fix it.”


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Published on May 04, 2021