Next stop for Deion Sanders is Canton, Ohio

 Former Atlanta Falcon Deion Sanders talks with the 11 & 12-year-old Truth youth football team before their game during a youth football tournament at West Lake High School Friday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., July 15, 2011. Sanders brought three youth football teams called The Truth. The three teams are 9&10, 11&12, and 13&14 all from the Dallas/Forth Worth area. Sanders will be the first Falcon to enter the NFL Hall of Fame August 8th. Sanders has changed his public image, no longer Primetime, he devotes his time to a youth sports program.  Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

Former Atlanta Falcon Deion Sanders talks with the 11 & 12-year-old Truth youth football team before their game during a youth football tournament at West Lake High School Friday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., July 15, 2011. Sanders brought three youth football teams called The Truth. The three teams are 9&10, 11&12, and 13&14 all from the Dallas/Forth Worth area. Sanders will be the first Falcon to enter the NFL Hall of Fame August 8th. Sanders has changed his public image, no longer Primetime, he devotes his time to a youth sports program. Jason Getz jgetz@ajc.com

The next stop for Deion Sanders is the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

He spent most of the last week in the city where he started his career, making the media rounds, hosting a youth football tournament and celebrating with a Red & Black fundraising party.

Coach Andre Patterson and the Gresham Park Rattlers before facing Deion Sanders' Dallas T.R.U.T.H. team last Friday at West Lake High. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Coach Andre Patterson and the Gresham Park Rattlers before facing Deion Sanders' Dallas T.R.U.T.H. team last Friday at West Lake High. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

I went out to the youth tournament on Friday to watch a few of the games. Here’s a look at Sander’s T.R.U.T.H. teams. CLICK HERE!

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson with members of his Athens Oilers football program. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson with members of his Athens Oilers football program. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/DLedbetter@ajc.com)

Also, Keion Carpenter’s Team Shutdown from Baltimore was pretty impressive.  Dunta Robinson’s Athens Oilers also looked pretty good.

Locally, coach Andre Patterson and the Gresham Park Rattlers showed they’ll be a tough team in their league this season. The Gwinnett Chargers also improved from the games and should be tough this season.

The Tucker Tigers, with coach Jonathan Vaughters helping out, are always a handful. (The proud father reported that his son James is already out at Stanford getting ready for his freshman season.)

I didn’t walk the red carpet at the Red & Black Gala, but it appears Sanders and the attendees had a good time.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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12 comments Add your comment

FALCONS SORRY

July 19th, 2011
8:16 am

PMC

July 19th, 2011
9:49 am

It makes me very happy that Deion has come back and really embraced Atlanta in this way. He’s done a lot of very good things for all kinds of people in the last few years.

At this point, I’m really hoping Deion can go back to his TV role very soon and we can start discussing upcoming NFL related matters.

rollo lawson

July 19th, 2011
10:53 am

I don’t care what nobody says. Deion Sanders is the greatest Atlanta Falcon of all-time. If Arthur Blank owned the team back then, he would have never left.

jarvis

July 19th, 2011
11:51 am

I’m guessing all age groups were dominated by the Tucker Lions?

Coach

July 19th, 2011
12:23 pm

What were the results of the youth football games this weekend?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 19th, 2011
12:45 pm

Coach — The scores are not important. The kids were out there playing football. Hopefully, the discipline that they learn on the football field can be transferred to their academics. So, they’re all winners in my book.

tim

July 19th, 2011
1:08 pm

Peion Deion is still a pimp. He’s still in love with himself. Get lost.

rollo lawson

July 19th, 2011
1:24 pm

The object of a football game is to win. The scores are important.

pitiful

July 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

What team does he go in under? Thought he was the entire team himself…oh, yeah and a builder too…who’s house was it?
Maybe he should go in with an FSU helmet..Heard he took a pay cut in the NFL

Captain Kirk

July 19th, 2011
5:41 pm

Fer sure Rankin Smith & family botched lots of decisions then, most with regard to player personnell. If the Birds hadnt had such a doormat record in 1988, theyd have never had a first round draft choice like Deion. THey had other high draft choices who never became impact players…recall Aundray Bruce?

Every now n then even fools strike gold.. Id love to let that bygone Falcon era RIP, but I pulled out too much of my hair Sunday after Sunday for the 3 decades that I lived in A town and faithfully watched the Smith family stumble over themselves in “attempting” to run a pro ballclub..

nuff said

guru

July 20th, 2011
2:55 pm

deon won 3 of 4 championships. lost to keon carpenters team in one of them. I heard he was coaching and knew all the names.

markie mark

July 21st, 2011
3:25 pm

@ Captain Kirk….amen, brother, amen.