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Tuesday, January 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Not Ready For Prime Time Neon Deion A Lesser Star In Niners’ Romp

By Fred Goodall Associated Press

It didn’t concern Deion Sanders in the least that he wasn’t the star of the show.

“The game plan didn’t revolve around me,” he said Sunday night after the 49ers’ 49-26 Super Bowl victory over the San Diego Chargers. “I took care of the man in front of me, and my teammates kicked butt.”

Sanders was not much of a factor until the fourth quarter, when he intercepted Stan Humphries’ pass with just under 10 minutes remaining and San Francisco leading 49-18.

He returned the ball 15 yards before taking a tough hit from San Diego’s Ronnie Harmon, who exchanged words with the cornerback. Sanders got up smiling and pointing downfield - signaling to the scoreboard.

“I hate a guy like that,” Sanders said. “He’s talking out there, basking in the glory of hitting me and the score is 40-something to 13 or whatever it was. I got up like it didn’t mean nothing. He needed to be worrying about winning the game with his teammates instead of talking about me.”

With San Francisco safely ahead, coach George Seifert allowed Sanders to move over to wide receiver on offense. The speedy cornerback blew past San Diego’s Darrien Gordon on a fly pattern, but the only pass Steve Young threw to him was broken up at the last moment by the Chargers’ Stanley Richard.

“George has been saying all year that he was going to let me play,” Sanders said. “That may be something you’ll see next year.”

Sanders, the first person to play in a World Series and Super Bowl, said he has no plans to retire, even though he has said winning a Super Bowl was his ultimate goal.

“I can’t say my football career is complete,” he said. Sanders, an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds, indicated he would like to return to the 49ers.

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Tags: football

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