FLOWERY BRANCH — Deion Sanders has been voted in as the eighth member of the Atlanta Falcons’ Ring of Honor the team announced Friday.
Sanders will join a group that features William Andrews, Steve Bartkowski, Mike Kenn, Claude Humphrey, Tommy Nobis, Jessie Tuggle and Jeff Van Note.
Keen and Humphrey, who were inducted in 2008, were the last members to be added to the club.
“Never would people think that a kid from Ft. Myers, Fla., who was small in stature, but big on confidence, would ever have his name recognized in a stadium in the only place he played in which he called home,” Sanders said. “I want to thank Falcons owner Arthur Blank and the organization for making my dreams come true.”
“Deion Sanders is widely regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the 91-year history of the National Football League,” Blank said. “He epitomized excellence on the playing field and was a tremendously gifted athlete who possessed great speed. Deion excelled as a defender, kick returner, punt returner and on offense on his way to establishing 12 club records.”
Those records include most interceptions for touchdowns (two), longest punt return (79 yards), most punt return touchdowns (two), most kickoff return yards (3,063), most kickoff return touchdowns (three), longest kickoff return (100), most combined return touchdowns (eight) and most combined return yards (3,967).
Sanders scored a total of 10 touchdowns in a Falcons uniform on his way to being named a three-time Pro Bowl starter during his Falcons career. He was the fifth overall player selected in the 1989 draft from Florida State and was recently tabbed the 34th best player in the history of the league by a new NFL Films-produced series, The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players.
The induction and celebration of the newest member of the Falcons Ring of Honor will take place at halftime of the nationally televised Thursday night game between the Falcons and Ravens on Nov. 11 at the Georgia Dome. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. on the NFL Network.