Deion Sanders Has 5 Children — Inside the Former NFL Star’s Life and Career

Rodolfo Vieira
Jul 04, 2020
12:00 P.M.
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Deion Sanders, the athlete know for his over the top career as a football player, is the proud father of 5 children but parenthood hasn't always been smooth sailing for the former athlete.


Deion is mostly known for his fantastic career in the NFL, having won the Super Bowl in two consecutive years for two different teams, but he also had a stint in baseball.

But while his professional life has been nothing but success after success, his love life has not been quite tumultuous.

Deion Sanders at the 2015 Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award Ceremony at Pepsi Super Friday Night at Pier 70 in San Francisco, California | Photo:Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Pepsi



Deion was married twice, first to Carolyn Chambers and then to Pilar Sanders, shares Deiondra and Deion Sanders Jr. with Carolyn, as well as Shilo and Shedeur, and Shelomi with Pilar.

Deion and Tracey have been together for 9 years now and support each other fiercely.

Deion Sanders on the set of NFL Network prior to the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio | Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images



Deion used to make headlines, but his relationship with Pilar drew the most attention, mainly due to the fact that they got involved in a fierce custody battle over their 3 children after calling it quits.

In March 2013, for example, the former NFL player stormed out of the courtroom in while Pilar testimony was being read in which she claimed that he had been using performance-enhancing drugs.


Eventually, Deion Sanders got primary custody of his two sons, but Pilar got primary custody of Shelomi and Shilo in 2017, and was trying her bet to get custody of Shedeur.

At that point, the relationship that Deion had with Shilo appeared completely fractured, and then-17-year-old Shedey shared that the time he spent with his father seemed "like forever" and that he wieshed to go back to his mother.



Those were quite rocky times for Deion but, fortunately, seems like all the bad blood between them is now over and the relationship with all of his children is quite amicable.

At the moment, all five of them are doing their absolute best and trying to find themselves.  Deion Jr., for instance, played as a wide receiver at Southern Methodist University but shifted his focus to his clothing line, Well Off.


Deiondra turned to show business, having starred in "Paradise Hotel, the famous reality show, while also running her hairline company, Primetime Hair.

However, while being the daughter of a celebrity, she said that didn't want to tell the rest of the participants who her father was because she fear guys would be interested in her just because of her dad.


Shilo Sanders, their oldest, Deion and Pilar's oldest child, plays as a defensive back for the University of South Carolina.

Although he threw shade towards his dad in 2017, they are in good terms again and the young star even shared a short clip of him training with Deion at USC.


Shedeur is following in his father's footsteps as he is the quarterback star of Trinity Christian School and has had the opportunity and the honor of working out with one of the best football players in history - Tom Brady.

On June 13, Shedeur took to his official Instagram page to share a few pictures of himself with Tom that were taken during their training session.


Under the post, the young football star wrote that he was learning from the greatest player of all time, as well as "soaking up all the knowledge."

As for Shelomi, she also got the love for sports from her father, but instead of football she prefers to play basketball, being a shooting guard for the Rockwall-Heath High School in Texas.

Deion's life is  pretty much still connected to football, not only because his sons are playing the sport that he loves but also because he is a coach at Trinity Christian School.



Deion made his debut 1989 playing for the New York Yankees, where he stayed for a year before being transfered to the Atlanta Braves. After that, the athlete represented the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants before announcing his retirement in 2001.

One of the best moments of his career as a baseball player was the 1992 World Series with the Braves and, until this day, he is the only athlete to have played a World Series and a Super Bowl.



Deion currently hosts the "21st and Prime" podcast on Barstool Sports, in a relationship with Hollywood producer Tracey Edmonds, whom she met at a party.

Although they only exchanged a few words, the former athlete's heart was snatched by Tracey, and he had a friend of his get one of her business cards.


Later on, they ended up working together in "Deion's Family Playbook," in which she was just supposed to work as a producer, but grew closer and closer as time went by.

Eventually, Tracey started appearance on camera alongside Deion and the two have a great relationship, even though the producer previously admitted that she wasn't expecting it to happen.

Deion Sanders and Tracey Edmonds at the NFL Honors at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic via Getty Images


The lovebirds have been together for 9 years now and support each other fiercely. In fact, they believe the endless support of each other's goals is one of the reasons their love is so strong. He said:

"Tracey is busy, Tracey is a go-getter, she is that. And, I get up early and she knows I'm up working out and I'm ready to go get it. ... It's a blessing, but we understand each other because we're busy in our own right."

The 54-year-old added that they are currently at a stage where they don't need much, and that even though they are both super busy with professional lives, they do their best to see each other as much as possible.