When it comes to college football, the action doesn’t just happen on the field. Tensions and theatrics often brew behind the scenes, especially with colorful personalities involved. This week's headlines are brimming with anticipation, thanks to a lighthearted feud involving none other than the NFL legend Deion Sanders, currently head coach at Jackson State, and Colorado State's head coach, Jay Norvell.
This unfolding story is rapidly becoming known as the ‘Sunglasses & Hat’ saga, capturing the attention of fans nationwide. The drama initially ignited when Norvell took a subtle jab at Sanders during a media event.
Commenting on Sanders’ habitual style of wearing hats and sunglasses during press interactions, Norvell said, “When I talk to grown-ups, I take my hat and glasses off”.
Sanders' Charismatic Response
Not one to be easily ruffled, Sanders responded during his appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, a platform with a national audience.
Displaying his usual flair for theatrics and charisma, “Coach Prime” generously gifted Prime 21 sunglasses, courtesy of Blenders, to not just his own team, but also to popular sports show hosts on “First Take” and “The Pat McAfee Show”.
Discussing the thought behind this cheeky move with Rich Eisen, Sanders playfully remarked, “I wish I was that calculating... It just happened, and then I went above and beyond... It just happens to fall in our lap at the perfect time”.
But Sanders’ response didn’t end there. In a theatrical twist that's classic Sanders, he provided every player on the Colorado Buffaloes team with sunglasses. Rallying his team, he declared, “Don’t think we’re just going to kick their butts because it’s personal.
It’s business as usual, but with a touch of pleasure”. As both teams gear up for their upcoming clash, fans are eagerly awaiting the results. What's undeniable is that this playful banter has added a new layer of excitement to the game.
Sanders, with his unique blend of charisma and spontaneity, once again reminds us that in the world of sports, the battles aren't just limited to the gridiron. And as the saying goes, there’s no business like show business — and Sanders is a master of both.