Data Points: Deion knew how to score

You had to know Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders was always going to find a way to get into the end zone. He began making a habit of it in his first NFL game.

The fifth overall pick by the Falcons in the 1989 draft, Sanders returned a punt 68 yards for a score in a home loss to the Rams. The former Florida State Seminole would find a variety of ways to score touchdowns over his career as he made his presence felt in all three facets of the game.

Sanders totaled an impressive 22 touchdowns in 14 seasons with five different teams, and amassed those scores in five different ways. The eight-time Pro Bowler returned nine of his 53 career interceptions for touchdowns, and also found the end zone via punts (six times) and kickoffs (three times), while catching three TD passes and returning a fumble for a score.

What some also don’t realize is that Sanders actually scored a 23rd touchdown in a sixth different way, rushing 21 yards for a TD in the Cowboys’ win over the Eagles in the 1995 NFC Divisional Playoffs at Texas Stadium.

— Russell S. Baxter

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