Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders is a Hall of Famer. (Ron Heflin / Associated Press)
Lions receiver Calvin Johnson made history with his performance against Dallas on Sunday, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks things would have gone differently if a former player was still in his prime.
Prime Time, that is.
When asked on his radio show Tuesday if Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders could have kept Johnson in check, ESPN Dallas reported Jones replied: "Yes, I do. That's just it. Deion has such catchup speed and he had real good center-field ability, and I mean that ... in (a) football sense. He could really play the ball, and he had such ability to get into position to play the ball.”
Instead, Johnson finished with 329 yards Sunday, the most in a non-overtime game in NFL history and 7 yards short of the all-time record.
"Now, you're talking about the greatest cover guy maybe that's played this game,” Jones said of “Prime Time” Sanders. “I've seen where he's been declared the greatest cover guy. Hall of Famer. But I do think he could do a real good job on Johnson. Johnson's going to get some probably, but I think he could do a great job. Deion's a great player."
Sanders, via Twitter, had this to say:
So please stop asking me can I cover these kids 2day. They are GREAT. But I played against Receivers and Quarterbacks whom shaped this game!— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) October 29, 2013