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Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph Visits Deion Sanders

Emmy award winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph delivered a keynote at Jackson State and paid a visit to Head Football Coach Deion Sanders.

Emmy award winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph recently visited Jackson, Mississippi to deliver the keynote at Jackson State‘s annual Mary E. People Scholarship Luncheon. One thing she was sure to do while in town was pay a visit to JSU head coach Deion Sanders.

Thee Pregame Show captured exclusive coverage of Ralph and Sanders’ meeting. See it on YouTube and TikTok.

I Appreciate What You’re Doing

“I feel like I should shut up around you,” Sanders said.

“Well I gotta tell you this,” Ralph said. “Deion, coming down here to Mississippi, I said to myself, when I get to Jackson State there’s one person I must meet and that is Deion and I appreciate what you’re doing for the young men on your team.”

Ralph gave Sanders praise for making a difference.

“The kind of difference we need,” she said. “That change in thought, that change in self, that change in the demeanor of what it means to be a man, to be an athlete, to carry on and make your people proud. I love that.”

Sanders looked to the camera and shook his head.

“You think I’m gonna say something after that?” he said.

It’s God’s Time

Ralph and Sanders chatted about Ralph’s recent Emmy win. Ralph is the first Black woman in 35 years to win an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role in ABC’s Abbott Elementary.

“Well overdue,” Sanders said.

“But it’s God’s time,” Ralph said. “This is the time it was supposed to happen. If it had happened when I was 20, it’d have been a different thing, if it had happened when I was 30, it would have been a different thing, if it had happened when I was 40, 50, it’d have been a different thing. It happened now.”

Sanders referenced Ralph’s acceptance speech, which was a highlight of the awards show broadcast.

“That anointing was on you,” Sanders said. “Lord, that thing was on you and you just gave it to ’em. Jesus.”

Ralph gifted Sanders with two t-shirts, one with the word “vote,” the other with “power.”

“I got one for your son, because I want you to tell your son to tell all of his friends they got to vote,” she said. “There you go.”

“I got you,” Sanders said. “I definitely will.”

The Future is Here

Before departing, Sheryl Lee Ralph spoke of Jackson State and the importance of HBCUs with a delivery that only she could.

“I am here at Jackson State where miracles are made,” Ralph said. “Trust me, the future is right here in Jackson State, in Jackson, Mississippi. Don’t be afraid to come to an HBCU. Find yourself. Be a part of a change that is so needed for us.”

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph Visits Deion Sanders
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