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NFL Hall Of Fame 2011: Deion Sanders Sends Falcons Helmet, Ball To Canton

Something like half the cities in America could claim Deion Sanders, but which does Deion himself claim? While the Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn't identify inductees with one specific team at the exclusion of other teams they played for, some Atlanta Falcons fans have still wondered just how prominently Sanders' time in Atlanta will be featured once he's officially enshrined.

Considering he's sent a Falcons helmet and game ball to the hall, it's safe to say Deion wants to be remembered as a Falcon. He may also end up sending some Cowboys mementos, but keep in mind he told a national audience after he'd been inducted into the Falcons Ring of Honor that he thinks of Atlanta as "home."

This shouldn't be a contest between two fanbases, but for those of us who first fell in love with sports when Deion was the best player on the Falcons roster in at least 15 years, gestures like this one are much appreciated.

For more on this year's other finalists and inductees, visit the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame StoryStream at SB Nation's NFL hub. For more Falcons, join The Falcoholic.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.