Over the past few weeks, NFL legend Deion Sanders has made a lot of noise after taking over as the head coach of the University of Colorado, as he’s come in with his brash style and transformed the struggling program to his liking.
So far, Sanders has had a lot of success in the early going, as he’s led the Buffalos to three straight wins to start the season and seems to be in the conversation as one of the best teams in college football this season.
With Sanders making so much noise in Colorado, many people have started to chime in on the impact he’s making on college football, with Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal making an interesting comparison recently.
According to the four-time NBA champion, Sanders reminds him of legendary Chicago Bulls and Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, as he sees the same demeanor when his team is down, as there’s no panic from Jackson or Sanders, via TMZ and Legion Hoops.
Shaq says Deion Sanders reminds him of Phil Jackson, per TMZ
“When they were down 15, there was a camera that panned to Deion’s face, and it reminded me of Phil Jackson. And I’ve always said, if the general doesn’t panic, the troops don’t panic.” pic.twitter.com/t3xjS3V5Y2
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 20, 2023
With that kind of poise, Jackson was able to win six titles with the Bulls and another five with the Lakers, which puts him in the conversation for the greatest basketball head coach of all time and perhaps the best coach in general when it comes to professional sports.
That said, Sanders is in select company already with a comparison like this from someone as successful as O’Neal, but there’s a long way to go for the former NFL star to prove his worth as a head coach on the college level, as he has some tough matchups down the road, especially against the University of Southern California.NEXT: Damian Lillard Shares His Thoughts On Magic Johnson, Steph Curry Debate