Deion Sanders battled through serious complications following foot surgery last year which led to the amputation of two toes.
The complications from his left foot surgery led to blood clots and at one point doctors feared they would have to amputate the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s leg. While Sanders was able to return to the sideline to coach his Jackson State football team, he continues to go through the recovery and rehab process leading up to the 2022 college football season.
Recently, Sanders spoke to Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show to provide a health update and some insight into his recovery.
“I’m moving slowly but surely and I’m moving briskly,” Sanders said, via The Spun. “I really am. I’m on my elliptical again because I had lost like 40 pounds, Rich. When I was in the hospital, I lost 40 pounds. I was eating nothing but apple sauce. I lost 40 pounds, but I gained 50 back. Now I can’t fit in my suit, so I’ve gotta cut down.
“My kids told me it was looked like a shark bit me on both sides of my leg. I don’t think you’ll see me in shorts soon at any time… I promise you. But I’m better. But it was a lot going on last season. You know what, that’s the best secret that I think we ever kept in life.”
Last season, Sanders helped lead Jackson State to an 11-2 record and Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. Sanders also was named the winner of The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award.
Sanders hopes to continue building on that success and he will be in a good position after landing Travis Hunter, the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation, in his latest recruiting class. The five-star recruit became the highest-ranked prospect to ever commit to a HBCU or an FCS program.