Colorado football HC Deion Sanders speaks on being a first-time grandfather

Mar 30, 2024; Arlington, TX, USA; Colorado Buffaloes football head coach Deion Sanders before the
Mar 30, 2024; Arlington, TX, USA; Colorado Buffaloes football head coach Deion Sanders before the / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado football head coach Deion Sanders is proud of his daughter, Deiondra, for making him a first-time grandfather while she's in his 30s; though he admitted that it's all hitting him abruptly and he hasn't been able to fully process it.

"I haven't digested that whole thing yet," Sanders said to PEOPLE Magazine. "I'm proud of my baby that she's at least waited until her thirties to give me this gift of life. I'm happy about that, but I want to make sure she's straight emotionally and psychologically as well."

Deiondra has pledged to follow through on her pregnancy for all the women who can't due to health issues.

"I’m having my baby for the four myomectomy surgeries I have had," Deiondra said. "I am having my baby for all the years I stayed on birth control even though it gave me breast tumors. I’m having my baby for all the doctors that told me I wouldn’t make it out of the first trimester."

Colorado football HC Deion Sanders' response after Deiondra's pregnancy announcement

Following Deiondra's initial pregnancy announcement in early March, Coach Prime sent a loving message to his oldest daughter; who was the firstborn of all of his kids.

“PREACH BABY PREACH, and you having this baby to make me a darn GRANDDADDY even though I'm YOUNG!” Sanders said (h/t USA Today). “Love you baby and I'm glad you said you ain't having a baby to keep a man. You've always had a MAN in your life that you call DADDY & ain't gon ever ever let you DOWN especially when I'm UP.”

Sanders is getting up there and age, and his priorities are shifting. Being a grandfather will transition him to the twilight of his life -- and whether or not he will remain Colorado's coach or use this as an excuse to segue away from the game is the multi-million dollar question in Boulder.