“Prime Time” Deion, MC Hammer, and Oprah Winfrey?

Sanders DeionDeion Sanders is not only one of the greatest NFL athletes of all-time, his “Prime Time” persona has lasted well over twenty years. His signature do-rag, his endzone celebration swagger, and his opportunistic big plays made Deion an NFL legend like no other. He is the only athlete to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series. Since his retirement, “Prime Time” has continued his legacy with flashy designer suits, outrageous jewelry, and his effervescent personality has been a recent fixture in commercials and as an analyst for the NFL Network.  He is now becoming a reality TV star with the release of “Deion’s Family Playbook” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network


hammer deionMany don’t remember, Deion even recorded a rap album in the 90’s with his buddy, MC Hammer. Their friendship led to Sanders’ hilarious but chart disappointing single, “Must Be The Money”. (See the previous post)  Deion returned the favor by guest starring in two of Hammer’s biggest music videos and even collaborated on a song for Jean Claude Van Damme’s “Street Fighter” movie.


funky headhunterDeion, first appeared in “2 Legit 2 Quit” and later in “Pumps And A Bump” from Hammer’s ill-fated CD, “The Funky Headhunter”.  For that album, MC Hammer dropped the MC title, took a swing at gangsta rap including collaborations with Death Row Artists, The Dogg Pound.  It was such a radical move that fans didn’t accept it.  Terms like “wiggity wiggity wack” were tossed around, yet ultimately the CD still went platinum.  Deion and Hammer have remained friends for the last twenty five years, here’s a look back: