Former Reds outfielder Deion Sanders made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning. The pair began the interview by discussing several on-the-field football topics, but the conversation eventually turned to the tragic situation involving Jevon Belcher. That's when Sanders admitted that he understood what Belcher was going through and that he was also once suicidal himself.
Sanders then began describing a situation when he was playing for the Reds in which he tried to commit suicide by driving his car off of a Cincinnati highway. He estimated that he was traveling at speeds around 65-75 MPH at the time. He cited his crumbling marriage, dying father, and not being able to see his kids, as reasons.
“I was in the midst of my first divorce. The only [people] I thought loved me were my kids. And they were stripped away from me," said Sanders.
A little investigative research uncovered this report from the AP on September 28, 1998 which further details the circumstances involving Sanders' brush with death.
"I attempted suicide, but God had his hands on me," Sanders said in the report. "I ran the car off the cliff, and it was like a 40 . . . 30-foot drop. The car went down and hit and there wasn't a scratch on me or on the car."
Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 6, 2011 for his standout career as a defensive back in the NFL.
Thanks to Reds Country for the lead.