Colorado football director of leadership and engagement addresses goals in new post

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New Colorado football director of leadership and engagement George Hegamin has specific goals for his tenure in Boulder on his former Dallas Cowboys teammate Deion Sanders' Buffs coaching staff: to get as many players as possible to the NFL.

“The thing about our kids is most of them want to transition to be pros one day,” Hegamin said (h/t Buffaloes Wire). “With that being said, there’s a whole lot more than just what you know on the field. The difference between a player and a pro is a pro is going to attack his plan (and) have a plan every single day. Because I’ve made that transition — high school to college, college to the pros, won a Super Bowl and transitioned out — I’m one of the better people to be able to do that.

“I’ve got 15 guys in the NFL — 10 first-round draft picks. I got Trent Williams. (Alabama offensive tackle) JC Latham’s going to be a first-round draft pick this year. These are guys who I’ve helped mentor… I’m going to do the same thing here.”

Deion Sanders giving Colorado football positions to all of his friends

Hegamin isn't the first friend of Sanders to get a position on Coach Prime's Colorado staff. Warren Sapp got a GA position that Sanders fought hard to get him that makes him one of the highest-paid graduate assistant in college football history. Only James Laurinaitis made more as a GA at Ohio State per Footballscoop.

While some would throw the nepotism allegations at Sanders, given his son is the starting quarterback and his other son has been known to be a hot head in practice and in games and has never once been disciplined for it, it's actually common coaching practice to have trustworthy guys around you.

No one is doubting Hegamin. Sapp? That's another story.