CANTON, Ohio — After all the tributes and tears, it was Snoop Dogg who tied a bow on things (no disrespect to Deion Sanders tying his do-rag around his bronze bust).
Dressed in a gold blazer, Snoop paid tribute to Deion with over an hour of music, including a special duet with Deion himself.
St. Louis native Nelly kicked things off in front of a crowd that included Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Jones, Jim Kelly, Michael Irvin, Dan Marino, Bruce Smith, Eric Dickerson, John Randle, Sterling Sharpe, and Terrell Davis.
Marshall Faulk jumped on stage while Nelly paid tribute to his St. Louis roots and what Faulk meant to the city.
But it was the D.O. Double G who brought down the house, echoing Deion’s Pro Football Hall of Fame speech tribute to his mother with a shout out to all the moms in the crowd: “The mamas are the backbone” would be the line to take away before Snoop and Deion closed things out with a rendition of Prime’s own 1994 hit “Must Be The Money” that would have made MC Hammer proud.
— Aron Angel