Deion Sanders Delivers Emotional Speech After Induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame (VIDEO)

CANTON, OH – Deion Sanders delivered an emotional speech after his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night, August 6 in Canton, Ohio.

Deion Sanders is inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 6, 2011

In his speech, Sanders, 44, paid tribute to his coaches and teammates, but the highlight of his speech came when he reiterated a promise he made to his mother as a seven-year-old in Fort Myers, Fla.


“I made a promise when I was seven years old to this young woman at the age of 27. She was working two jobs just to see if ends could see one another, cause they never met. And she was slaving over pots and pans on that precise day,” said an emotional Sanders, in front of roughly 13,000 fans in Canton, Ohio.

“And I said, ‘Mamma’ — because I was tired of seeing her go to work and come home all tired — I said, ‘We’re gonna be rich one day. Mamma, I’m going to make a lot of money. And you will never have to work another day of your life.’ My mamma said, ‘That’s fine. But until then, you get that lawnmower and go out and cut that grass.’ …

“I made a pledge to myself, that I don’t care what it takes, I don’t care what it may take, I’m not going to do anything illegal, but my mamma will never have to work another day of her life.”

Sanders kept his promise to his mother, Constance Knight, who beamed with pride during her son’s speech.

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