Deion Sanders knew what he was talking about.
When ‘Prime Time’ spoke to Joe Haden earlier this week, he advised the Cleveland Browns cornerback to work on playing every down like the game is on the line.
“Sometimes you’ll take a nap for a play. Then you’ll say, ‘Dang! They caught one.’ Now you’re mad for the rest of the game,” Sanders told the fourth-year player out of Florida.
“You are exactly right,” Haden responded.
Sanders’ film observation was on display in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, the first for Haden and fellow Gator Mike Pouncey.
In the opening quarter, Haden was in coverage against Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson on his 36-yard touchdown reception and lost a jump-ball battle in the end zone.
Haden, assumingly, got angry.
He made an aggressive interception later in the half, but it wasn’t a typical pick.
Cam Newton, his former teammate at UF, appeared to have completed a pass to Jackson. Haden, however, pried the ball from Jackson’s hands and came up with the turnover.
Haden also recorded a pass deflection and one tackle in the game, as he and Team Rice went on to defeat Team Sanders, 22-21.
Haden plans to train with Sanders for two days this summer in Dallas.
No naps allowed.