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Old 06-07-05, 10:49 AM
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Deion to Adopt Football Star

Might also adopt North RB Devine
By CHRIS UMPIERRE
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Published by news-press.com on June 4, 2005

An announcement on whether Deion Sanders will return for his 14th NFL
season is imminent, Sanders said Friday in Fort Myers' City Hall.

"Three days," the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback said. "You'll hear
something in three days."

The 1985 North Fort Myers High School graduate was in town to announce
his plan to improve neighborhoods and build affordable housing in the
city. He also came because he's considering adopting North Fort Myers
High football star Noel Devine, who has had a troubled family life.

Sanders, 37, met with Devine and his grandmother, Bert Lee, on Friday
night. Sanders wants to take the junior-to-be tailback to Dallas,
where he resides. Devine said he'll decide on whether to go in the
next month or so.

Sanders, who ended a three-year retirement and played with the
Baltimore Ravens last season, hinted that he's only considering
playing for the Ravens.

"You've never heard me speak of another team," he said. "So if you
don't hear me speak of (another team), you shouldn't."

Sanders who missed seven games last year due to foot, toe and
hamstring ailments said his health is "wonderful." He's fully
recovered from left foot surgery in January and is training twice a day.

"I feel good. I feel damn good," Sanders said. "I would take off my
shirt but (a female reporter) is here."

He said he isn't concerned about ruining his legacy by playing another
season. Sanders is considered a future NFL Hall-of-Famer.

"When you start to be afraid in life, you'll never be successful," he
said. "How can someone erase what's already written?"

Sanders ended his retirement last year because several Ravens,
including linebacker Ray Lewis, urged him to return. After inking a
one-year, $1.5 million contract, Sanders had eight tackles, three
interceptions and one touchdown in nine games.

"It was one of the funnest years that I've ever had," he said. "I
played with a plethora of guys who were like my brothers."

Sanders said he wants to adopt Devine, who rushed for a Southwest
Florida-best 1,668 yards and 23 touchdowns last year, to help him
through life.

"You've got to investigate (his background) and then you'll understand
why he's in my heart," Sanders said.

Devine never knew his biological father and his mother died from an
illness in 2000. He used to live with his grandmother but has been
residing with friend Robert Harlow for the last three years, Devine's
cousin LeDondrick Rowe said.

"(Sanders) wants to be there for me and get me away from all this
negative stuff," Devine said. "He wants to show me the right way, to
show me things I haven't seen yet."

Sanders said he's not attracted to Devine because of his football skills.

"I'm attracted to this kid because Steve DeShazo, a former (North Fort
Myers High) principal, called me a couple years ago and wanted me to
help this kid in life," Sanders said.

"Who is going to get this kid prepared to take the SATs, ACTs? I
haven't heard that. I've just heard what this kid can do on the field,
and I don't like to hear that because that means you care more about
the talent than the child."

Devine said he'll talk to his grandmother some more and make a
decision before the school year.

"I think it will be better for me," said Devine, who visited Sanders
in Dallas a few months ago. "We have a father-son relationship. He
already went through everything I went through."

North Fort Myers football coach James Iandoli said Friday he wants
whatever is in Devine's best interest.

"Since I've been coaching football, a lot of my kids have been in
unfortunate circumstances," Iandoli said. "Whatever can help them
maximize their athletic and academic potential, I'm for it."
damn! this idea is genius! why didnt I think of this?!?!?!
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Originally Posted by twikoff
damn! this idea is genius! why didnt I think of this?!?!?!

Because you don't whore yourself for hot dog machines?
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Originally Posted by weargle
Because you don't whore yourself for hot dog machines?
my agent hasnt gotten me a deal that sweet yet
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Guess who is going to represent him during contract negoiations?

Hmmmm......
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Noel Devine will be one of the top RBs in the nation when he's a senior. He is going to be heavily recruited.
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Noel Devine will be one of the top RBs in the nation when he's a senior. He is going to be heavily recruited.
Already a F$U lock. Deion adopting him only strengthens that. It's too bad, he is a stud. He'd have a much better career at a place like, say, Auburn.
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on a side note.. deion signed a 1 year, 1.5 million dollar contract with the ravens

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2080260
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