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Something To Watch Tonight If You Get The NFL Network And Can Stomach Deion Sanders

Posted by Matt Terl on April 29, 2009 – 4:40 pm

This is Lendy Holmes. He’s a rookie out of Oklahoma, where he converted from wide receiver to cornerback and then to safety, and he’s one of the Redskins’ undrafted free agent signees.

And — if you can tolerate an hour of Deion Sanders saying things like “You gotta believe. You don’t believe in yourself, ain’t nobody else will. Believe that,” and “We gonna make you feel it today, baby,” — you can learn a little bit about what Holmes went through to prepare himself for the possibility of life in the NFL on Prime U, tonight at 8:00 Eastern time on the NFL Network.

According to NFL.com, Prime U “goes inside Sanders’ training camp in Irving, TX for a look at how the legendary cornerback imparts his knowledge of the game and life as a professional football player to the next generation.”

I don’t know much about Holmes — he played a bunch of different positions, had a decent but unspectacular workout at the NFL Combine, and was once leveled by a block from that kid who spent the draft hanging out with Bill Cosby — but, based solely on the enthusiasm on display in the picture above, I am completely unsurprised that he decided that learning how to prepare for the NFL Draft from Deion Sanders would be a good idea.

I missed the show when it initially aired back in February — tonight’s re-air is updated with material from the NFL Draft — but based on the clip below, it actually looks pretty good. (Note also an appearance by Redskins’ sixth-round draft choice Robert Henson out of TCU.)

I realize that the above makes me sound like I hate Deion, which isn’t precisely true. People who’ve met him swear he’s nice and smart and funny and all that, but I have never fully forgiven him for his mediocre-at-best year as a Redskin, memorable mostly for this bizarre choice of headwear on the cover of the team’s 2000 yearbook.

Prime U reairs several more times throughout the weekend and probably beyond. Check your local programming guide for details.

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