Deion Sanders has been making headlines in the college football world during the offseason, which is not surprising considering his unique approach to coaching and the transformation he has brought to the struggling Colorado Buffaloes program before even coaching a game.
However, off the field, Sanders has faced significant health complications, including surgeries and the amputation of two toes. He was hospitalized during his time coaching at Jackson State, and his health issues required medical care this offseason.
Sanders recently spoke about his struggles and provided an update on his health before the Buffaloes’ season opener against TCU. Here’s what you need to know about his health as he begins his first season at Colorado.
Although he is not completely recovered, Sanders told USA Today that he is experiencing much less pain in his legs and feet compared to the beginning of the year. He underwent two surgeries during the offseason to address blood clots and improve circulation in his legs, which were more invasive than his previous surgeries. Despite the complications, he considers the most recent surgeries a success.
Sanders has been receiving treatment from Lauren Askevold, Colorado’s assistant athletic director, and his walking has significantly improved. He can now stand upright and walk without the intense pain he previously experienced.
However, Sanders is still working towards being able to stand for an entire game without discomfort. He aims to reach a level of normalcy where he can walk without pain and without relying on high amounts of pain medication.
Sanders has been dealing with blood clots and circulation issues since his time at Jackson State. In 2021, he underwent eight surgeries in one month and had two toes amputated due to circulation issues. He attributes his blood clotting to a hereditary factor, as his mother and two uncles also dealt with clots.
While Sanders has received attention for his football accomplishments, the return of the sport may serve as a much-needed break for him after a challenging offseason filled with health issues.