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Deion Sanders Opens Up About His Current Health Status

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Head coach Deion Sanders of the Jackson State Tigers during warmups prior to the college football Cricket Celebration Bowl game between the South Carolina State Bulldogs and the Jackson State Tigers on December 18, 2021 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Deion Sanders went into further detail about his recovery from surgery to amputate two toes on his left foot due to developing blood clots.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer and Jackson State head coach told " target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Rich Eisen that he's "not high-stepping yet." However, he's gradually progressing and is back to doing cardio after undergoing rapid weight shifts.

"I'm moving slowly but surely and I'm moving briskly," Sanders said. "I really am. I'm on my elliptical again because I had lost like 40 pounds, Rich. When I was in the hospital, I lost 40 pounds. I was eating nothing but apple sauce. I lost 40 pounds, but I gained 50 back. Now I can't fit in my suit, so I've gotta cut down."

After undergoing surgery in September, Sanders returned to the sidelines to guide the Tigers to an 11-2 record and Southwestern Athletic Conference championship. The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year winner kept his health issues hidden because he didn't want to "play the plum card, poor little old me."

"My kids told me it was looked like a shark bit me on both sides of my leg. I don't think you'll see me in shorts soon at any time... I promise you. But I'm better. But it was a lot going on last season. You know what, that's the best secret that I think we ever kept in life."

Sanders chronicled his journey on the "Coach Prime" series produced by SMAC Entertainment and Barstool Sports. Despite the harrowing obstacles faced, he sounded in good spirits with his sights sets on continuing Jackson State's ascension into a football powerhouse.