1988 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Deion Sanders, Florida State University
Deion Sanders was a three-sport standout at Florida State University. As a freshman he started as a defensive back for the football team, played outfield for the baseball team and helped the track and field team win a conference championship. Sanders was a consensus All-American in 1989 and 1987, and a third team All-American in 1988. He had 14 interceptions over his college career, three in bowl games. He won the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award in 1988, and was also one of the nation’s top punt returners, setting school records for career punt return yards. Sanders was the fifth pick in the 1989 NFL draft, and played 14 years in the NFL as a perennial All-Pro. He also played professional baseball for nine years. Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD