Before there was LeBron, there was Deion. Growing up as a kid, Deion Sanders was my favorite athlete, and I showed my love for Deion by getting his football jerseys (baseball jerseys with names and numbers on the back were much harder to come by in the early and mid '90s, so I never got a Deion baseball jersey).
My first Deion jersey was this #21 Falcons jersey, which I got when I was in middle school. This, like many of my early jerseys, is a Champion jersey, and like all of the NFL jerseys from the early '90s, it doesn't have a name on the back. A few years later, once Deion had left the Falcons, I almost considered turning this into an Eric Metcalf jersey. It was the season Atlanta made Metcalf a run-and-shoot wide receiver, and he topped 100 catches and earned a Pro Bowl berth. I eventually decided against it, which was the right choice in the long run.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I wore this jersey. Because I got it early in middle school, it was tiny on me before I finished high school. Now I have no chance of fitting it in -- though that isn't the case with some of my other Deion jerseys.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. The next few weeks will spotlight my Deion Sanders collection.