Deion Sanders condemns death threats against Colorado State safety Henry Blackburn as Coach Prime reveals that neither of his two sons – Shedeur or Shilo – will go to the NFL next year
Deion Sanders is standing up for Henry Blackburn after the Colorado State safety received death threats for a late hit on Colorado’s two-way star Travis Hunter, and claims neither of his two sons – Shedeur or Shilo – will go to the NFL next year.
‘That’s absurd for people to be threatened,’ the Colorado coach said at his weekly news conference. ‘I don’t mind getting death threats. I get them every week. But a kid, it’s not good. […] He does not deserve a death threat over a game. At the end of the day, this is a game – someone must win, someone must lose. Everybody continues their life the next day. Very unfortunate.’
Blackburn delivered a late blow to Hunter’s midsection on an incomplete pass in the first quarter of the Rocky Mountain Showdown last weekend. The Rams’ senior drew a flag for unnecessary roughness, one of 17 penalties the Rams committed in the 43-35 double-overtime loss to the Buffaloes. Hunter went to hospital with a lacerated live for further evaluation.
Sanders said he has forgiven Blackburn and so has Hunter, who doesn’t have a definitive timeline for a return. Sanders said there is no place for the threats directed toward Blackburn and his family.
‘Henry Blackburn is a good player who played a phenomenal game,’ said Sanders, whose 19th-ranked Buffaloes (3-0) travel to No. 10 Oregon on Saturday before hosting No. 5 Southern Cal next week. ‘He made a tremendous hit on Travis on the sideline. You could call it dirty, you could call it he was just playing the game of football. But whatever it was, it does not constitute that he should be receiving death threats.’
Deion Sanders stood up for Colorado State’s Henry Blackburn amid death threats he received
Blackburn hit Colorado wideout Travis Hunter near the sidelines in Saturday’s rivalry game
Colorado State coach Jay Norvell said on Monday that Blackburn, who is from Boulder, and his family had their address posted on social media. Norvell also added that police were involved given the nature of the comments.
‘I’m saddened if there’s any of our fans, that’s on the other side of those threats,’ Sanders said. ‘I would hope and pray not, but that kid was just playing (to) the best of his ability. And he made a mistake. […] Let’s move on. That kid does not deserve that.’
In his online streaming show, Hunter said of Blackburn’s hit: ‘He did what he was supposed to do. It’s football. Something bad is going to happen on the field sooner or later. You’ve got to get up and fight again.’
Buffs safety Shilo Sanders isn’t quite over the hit. Hunter is one of his good friends and they trade off ordering food for each other before games.
‘I really wanted to whoop that dude that did that to him, for real, after the game or something,’ he said. ‘If I see him just around here somewhere, he got to watch out. But that really made me mad, just seeing him try to play dirty like that. That was crazy.’
Hunter went to hospital with a lacerated live for further evaluation and will be out vs. Oregon
Hunter rarely came off the field for the Buffaloes in wins over TCU and Nebraska. He has an interception and nine tackles on defense. He’s also caught 16 passes for 213 yards from quarterback Shedeur Sanders.
‘I absolutely hate that for Travis. He’s a dynamic kid,’ Oregon coach Dan Lanning said. ‘He’s got a special personality and obviously is tremendous on the football field. He certainly gave them an edge. I hope he gets healthy soon. I hate to not get to see him play in this game because he’s meant for a stage like this, the stage that we’re going to have this Saturday.’
As for who may replace Hunter, Deion Sanders said that’s a difficult assignment.
‘No one in the country that can fill Travis Hunter’s shoes,’ Sanders said. ‘You’ve got to understand, he’s a unique player. He’s one of a kind. He’s the best player on offense, the best player on defense. That’s just who he is – in the country, not just on his team.
‘So having guys step up, they’ve just got to step up and do the job we’re asking them to do.’
Sanders attended the Denver Broncos’ most recent home game – a 33-35 loss to the Washington Commanders on Sunday, just a day after Colorado’s win – with Shedeur and Shilo, as shown by video on social media, appearing to disagree with Shilo’s projection that he and his brother will both be playing in the NFL in 2024.
‘We kinda got into it once we came here…Shilo says ”Oh Shedeur look…you gonna be in the NFL next year” I said no he ain’t,’ Sanders said.
After a puzzled Shilo explained to his father that he was actually talking about both he and Shedeur going to the NFL, Shedeur who wasn’t on camera chimed in with ‘Whatchu trynna say’ to which Deion replied, ‘That y’all ain’t going nowhere’.
Shedeur is projected to go as high as No. 14 to the Broncos, according to a recent CBS Sports NFL mock draft, but his father and coach would clearly prefer him to stay for another season as Colorado looks to continue its rise to the top of college football.
Shedeur is also considered as a candidate for the Heisman Trophy thanks to his performances in the first few weeks of Colorado’s season.