Deion Sanders, the NFL Network analyst who will keynote Connect Faith this year, nearly succumbed to the same demons that recently overcame Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
With his marriage crumbling and other challenges getting the better of the NFL Hall of Famer, Sanders drove over a cliff in 1998 with the intention of dying.
Twenty years later, he says it’s not an accident he walked away unscathed. A higher power intervened, and Sanders says his life has never been the same.
“Without the Lord, I would be six feet under right now,” Sanders told Connect in a recent interview. “Slowly but surely, I have been restored.”
Healthy and happy, Sanders now preaches the importance of faith. He sees each speaking opportunity as a chance to pay it forward, although the man known as “Prime Time” is curious like the audience as to what will spark his discussion during each engagement.
“I don’t know what I am going to say until I touch the microphone,” he says. “That’s the way God works with me.”
What’s safe to say is that Sanders will share his insights and belief in believing at Connect Faith in Ontario, California, this November.
We’ll publish more of our interview closer to the event. In it, Sanders discusses blending faith and career, standing up for causes you believe in and restoring an important part of his image: his hair.