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Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, outfielder for the Atlanta Braves and cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys, is the only athlete to have hit a Major League home run and scored an NFL touchdown in the same week.

Sanders grew up on the mean streets of Fort Myers, Fla., where exposure to some would-be athletes spurred him to make a success of himself He explains: "I call them Ida’s. ’If Ida done this, I’d be making three million today. If I’d a practiced a little harder, I’d be a superstar.’ They were as fast as me when they were kids, but instead of working for their dreams they chose drugs and a life of street comers.

When I was young, I had practice; my friends who didn’t went straight to the streets and never left.

- Mike Lupica in Esquire

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