Wednesday October 4, 2023

Colorado Dealing With Coach Prime’s Health Amid Football Hype

  • Coach Prime had surgery to address bloods clots in his feet.
  • Sanders previously had two toes amputated because of blood clots restricting blood flow.
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Deion Sanders is recovering from successful emergency surgery to remove blood clots from his legs — just over two months ahead of his debut as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The health of Sanders will continue to be monitored as he said there is still a clot in his right leg that will need to be removed soon.

Before Friday’s surgery, Sanders took to Instagram to explain the situation, noting he was confident in the decision and believed it would help him avoid having either leg amputated. He did have his left big toe and second toe amputated in 2021 due to similar issues.

The outspoken Pro Football Hall of Famer has thrust Colorado into the national spotlight after taking over a program that finished 1-11 in 2022. The school was the only one in the country to air its spring game on ESPN — a broadcast that drew 551,000 viewers.

Any lingering health issues could be a huge blow to the hype surrounding the Buffaloes — ticket prices for Colorado’s home opener against Nebraska were soaring after the school sold out its season-ticket inventory.

The Coach Prime boost Colorado is receiving is no doubt making it more attractive to the Big 12 as that conference considers possible expansion. If Sanders isn’t able to coach long-term, Colorado could be a less appealing option.

The Pac-12 football media day is scheduled for July 21 in Las Vegas, where Colorado’s future and Sanders’ impact will no doubt be major topics.

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