Aug 8, 2011

This past Saturday, the NFL had there 'Hall of Fame' ceremony. One of the stand out speeches for me was that of Deion Sanders. Although ESPN's Jason Whitlock didn't get the speech, I completely understood it. Deion revealed his truth and I could completely respect it.

People maybe shocked to hear him say he was ashamed of his mother because of the work he did, but it was his truth that he was revealing. It was this shame that made him determined to never have his mother work again. He was willing to do whatever legally possible to ensure that his mother didn't have to work again. Some people may not agree with the fact that the honest work his mother was doing was shameful to him, but it was his truth. I can't relate to this because I've never been ashamed of my mom, but I can respect the fact that it's his truth.

Something else that he said that people took issue with is when he talked about what separates the inductees from ordinary people. Here is what he said:

“What separates us (Hall of Famers) from some of you kids, from some of you adults, from some of you people,” Deion said during his Hall speech, “is that we expect to be great. . . . I expect to be great. I expect to do what hadn’t been done. I expect to provoke change.”

Basically, he was saying people who are great expect to be great. They work hard towards greatness no matter what field they are in.

Watch the speech for yourself and tell me what you think.

1 comment:

  1. I watched the speech on Saturday. I understood his points for sure. I thought his tone and delivery was a bit preachy and dramatic, but that's Deion. I think at times his choice of words was poor. He loves his mother but her line of work made him ashamed. It's honest work, so in the end there should be no shame. I wish he would've said he didn't want his mother to work to the grind, vs. being ashamed...but if they is honestly how he felt, then that's how he felt.

    As for the greatness comment, once again poor choice of words. He expected to be great. Every "great" person does not "expect" greatness.

    For those who can't contextualize the speech, then they are probably just wanting to take another shot at Deion. he's been hated on from the jump.