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HBCU football wants more attention. Yesterday’s postgame handshake between Jackson St.’s Deion Sanders and Alabama St.’s Eddie Robinson Jr., provided it.
As law enforcement escorted both coaches onto the field at the end of the game, many considered it business as usual.
But as Sanders attempted to embrace his defeated opponent, Robinson Jr. shockingly gave him “the Heisman”. Sanders shoved him in response as Robinson turned with a “save it” type look and stormed off.
That got everyone buzzing and in their feelings.
Fans from both schools went in on each other while media outlets replayed the surprising scene over and over.
In the grand scheme of things, it really meant nothing. It didn’t affect the outcome of the game, nor will it result in any punishment.
But what it did was give HBCU football another boost in its revival in the national college football landscape.
And ironically Sanders, the man leading HBCU football’s revival, was in the middle of it.
So why was coach Robinson so heated?
Turns out he was seething all week after comments Deion made prior to their game.
“Well, to be up front, I thought it was a lot of disrespect the whole week,” a still heated Robinson said in his postgame presser. “So, you’re not gonna be disrespectful the whole week in the media.”
He was referring to comments Sanders made about Alabama St. scheduling Jackson St. as their homecoming opponent.
“I love the fact that we’re going to play Alabama State for their homecoming,” Sanders said two weeks ago. “I love it. Quote me on it. I love it.”
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