5. Deion Sanders, 1989, Falcons
It’s so difficult to leave the late Junior Seau off this list. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson also has a compelling argument. But there was only one Prime Time. As an athlete, Sanders was something special, and even if you take away the fact that he was often double-dipping as both a football and baseball player, his NFL career was something special.
Sanders was one of the best lockdown cornerbacks of his day, making him an 8-time Pro Bowler and 8-time First-Team All-Pro selection. He had 53 career interceptions, nine of which he high-stepped back for a touchdown. But he was also a dangerous player on special teams, returning six punts and three kickoffs for a touchdown during his career. Sanders even dabbled on the offensive side of the ball, making an impact in all three phases, which is something few players have ever done.