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Legendary football player Deion Sanders may need to have his foot amputated because of health complications.
Sanders suffered blood clots, and was forced to have two toes amputated in 2021. The eight-time NFL Pro Bowler suffered health complications following surgery to fix a dislocated toe and an inflamed nerve. Sanders had three "life-threatening blood clots," according to People magazine.
At the time, Sanders said, "They were talking about the amputation of toes. Then they were talking about the amputation of my leg from the knee down. Then, they were trying to ensure I had life."
Sanders, 54, had two toes amputated.
ESPN previously reported, "He developed a femoral arterial blood clot. He also had compartment syndrome, which meant his leg swelled, and doctors had to flay open his leg to drain fluid. Sanders later had his left foot's big toe and second toe amputated."
Now, the blood flow issues have continued, and doctors are discussing the possibility of amputating the former NFL star's left foot.
The revelation was made on "Thee Pregame Show," which documents the football team of the University of Colorado Boulder. This is Sanders' first season as the head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes football team.
The video clip shows Sanders meeting with athletic trainer Lauren Askevold, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ken Hunt, and vascular surgeons Dr. Donald Jacobs and Dr. Max Wohlauer to discuss the next steps in correcting his blood circulation issues.
“You just have to understand what the risks are. Things can cascade,” Jacobs said before adding, "He could lose the foot. It’s a risk."
Sanders replied, "Well, I know what risks are. I only have eight toes. So, I’m pretty sure I understand."
Wohlauer told Sanders that the blood pressure near his ankle has worsened since 2022 and is now only yielding 66% of the blood pressure compared to the rest of his body.
Sanders – who was one of the fastest NFL players ever – explained that he has no feeling on the bottom of his left foot. The two-time Super Bowl champion urged the doctors to perform any procedures in the near future because he'll be busy once the college football season begins.
"I just want to know what we could do because I want to do it this summer," he explained. "When we get rolling, I’m not gonna have time to do it."
Prime Time's first game as Colorado's head coach is Sept. 2 at Texas Christian University.
Sanders wrote on Instagram, "As you know I’ve faced some medical challenges with my foot but I’ve never said 'WHY ME' – I keep moving forward, progressing . . . See you never know what a person may be going through while I sit in your seat of judgement but you can trust and believe that we are all going through something – just keep the faith and know that if He brought you to it, He will bring you through it . . I'm CoachPrime and I'm built for this."
Sanders declared that he has "full trust" in his medical team. He also stressed his religious faith, "More importantly I have full trust in Jesus!"
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.