When a blood clot lets loose on the arterial side of the circulation and lands in a vascular bed servicing an organ, a process called ischemia sets where the organ or a region of tissue is deprived of oxygen and vital nutrients.  

There is very little time before injury and then often permanent damage occurs.  This is best exemplified by an embolic stroke.  In top hospitals there are “stroke teams” that rush in and try to make decisions based on rapid tests and apply interventional procedures and or clot busting medications within minutes.  The speed at which medical response teams act is similar to trauma surgery.

Because the mRNA and adenoviral DNA COVID-19 vaccines install the genetic code for the coronavirus Spike protein, which causes blood clots, doctors are fielding a new variety of arterial embolic syndromes in addition to stroke.

One of the first COVID-19 vaccine induced deaths that I reported to the Vaccine Event Reporting System (VAERS) was a 64-year-old woman who had only baseline emphysema in her medical history.  In the spring of 2021, she took the two-dose series of Moderna (100 mcg of mRNA).  Within a few days of the second injection, she developed an arterial embolic syndrome where a shower of blood clots went to her legs requiring hospitalization and blood thinners.

This left her debilitated and we later discovered blood clots in her venous system as well.  I was called by the Dallas County Coroners Office about 90 days later when she was found dead at home.  The vaccine injury requiring hospitalization was the only new medical problem, so I concluded that she had died of this thromboembolic syndrome despite the use of blood thinners.   I requested an autopsy but the coroner’s office declined.

This case was important as I heard about former football star Deion Sanders.  Sanders’s webpage is an understated synopsis of his football greatness:  “More of that spectacular play continued throughout his 14-season, 188-game career. Sanders who spent time with five different NFL teams scored a total of six touchdowns on punt returns, three TDs on kickoff returns, and returned nine interceptions for scores. The multi-faceted athlete also returned one fumble for TD and had 60 receptions for 784 yards and 3 TDs during his career with the Falcons (1989-1993), San Francisco 49ers (1994), Dallas Cowboys (1995-99), Washington Redskins (2000) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-05). In all, he recorded 53 career interceptions including five with the Ravens when he returned to the field after a three-year retirement.

Despite his electrifying talents as a return man, Sanders was more widely regarded as a “shutdown corner” during his career. He was named first-team All-Pro nine times at cornerback in addition to receiving All-NFL acclaim by some media outlets as a kick returner in 1992 and as a punt returner in 1998. He was also elected to eight Pro Bowls during his career.  Sanders retired second all-time in interception return yardage (1,331) and tied for second for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a career (9) and a season (3). His career-high 303 yards gained on interception returns with the 49ers in 1994 was third best ever in the NFL at the time of his retirement. He also returned three picks for touchdowns (74, 93, 90 yards) that season to become the first player ever to have two 90-yard interception returns for touchdowns in the same season. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Sanders won two Super Bowls during his career. He started at right cornerback for the 49ers in their 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX and at left cornerback in the Cowboys 27-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.” Sanders was also a baseball outfielder for nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants. He won two Super Bowl titles and made one World Series appearance in 1992, making him the only athlete to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. Sanders is also the only athlete to suit up for two sports in the same day, suiting up for both the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons.

Sanders in retirement has been very active with Deion’s Family Playbook which is the fun-filled and compelling real-life story of Deion Sanders, the only pro athlete to ever play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. The show explores Deion as a single father raising five kids of his own, while also helping to raise five other children who live with him.  Following the conclusion of his athletic career, Sanders became an analyst for CBS Sports, NFL Network, and Barstool Sports. Sanders also founded the Prime Prep Academy charter school in 2012, where he coached until the school closed in 2015.   He later served as the offensive coordinator for the football team at Trinity Christian School – Cedar Hill, which his sons attended, from 2017 until 2020 when he was hired by Jackson State as Head Football Coach.

Sanders storied life came to crash with news he pushed others to do what he did—that is “get vaccinated.”  In 2021 Sanders made the case for everyone to get vaccinated because “I want to preserve life.”[i]   Additionally he thought the vaccines would give his team an edge “I want to dominate.”[ii]  He criticized Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for declining the vaccine because of known allergies.  “The Jackson State Tigers’ coach said as the leader of the team, Rodgers should have gotten vaccinated.”[iii]  He did not appreciate what Rodgers understood, that is, no vaccine is safe in everyone.

Montage of press articles of Deion Sanders encouraging and shaming others into COVID-19 vaccination.

Sanders’s enthusiasm was grounded hope but not science.  No randomized trial has ever demonstrated reductions in hospitalizations and deaths as a primary or secondary outcome.   Because it was early in 2021, Sanders could not have known that the vaccines incapacitate ~25% of recipients for a few days and send 7-8% to the hospital acutely sick as shown in 2022 from the CDC V-safe data forced into public view by legal action.[iv]

Vaccinated players are not “dominating” rather the vaccine takes down even our strongest athletes and coaches.  It is a fair conclusion that Sanders was multiply vaccinated by the time he developed arterial blood clots in the large arteries in his upper legs which then shot to his toes requiring several amputations.   Sanders later revealed the ordeal almost cost him his leg.  In 2022, he made a docuseries on the eight surgeries within three weeks and his personal struggle to be on the field coaching.[v]

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Deion Sanders reveals how blood clots led to toe amputation during 2021 season in docuseries The Jackson State coach underwent eight surgeries in three weeks during the season, in part to save his leg. Courtesy Jean-Jacques Taylor @JJT_Journalist

I infer from a press statement he has an inherited tendency towards blood clotting:  “He had three blood clots in the arteries of his left leg from the back of his calf to his ankle, cutting off blood flow to his foot. He discovered that two uncles, one of whom died, and his mother had problems with blood clots.”  Pictures of the sidelines showed Sanders had lost weight and was in a scooter–undoubtedly on the long road to recovery learning to walk and hopefully run again with his surgically saved feet.

At age 55 being healthy and fit, the only smoking thrombogenic gun is the multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccines plus his lifelong proclivity to clotting.  I wonder if Sanders, his doctors, or docuseries producers ever read any papers, substacks, or tweets about blood clots after vaccination.   Why did he not come out and admit he was wrong, and recognize the injections had changed his life forever?

Like so many, Sanders became quiet about vaccination with no more virtue signaling or public enthusiasm.  Psychologists will be studying and writing about what is going on in the mind of someone who had unbridled enthusiasm for an experimental government vaccine and then gets burned with an obvious complication—all in public view.

“Neon Deion” could help so many more now by teaming up with doctor(s) and telling the world what vaccination did to him or how it played a role with his genetics to create a shower of blood clots to his toes.  Hopefully it’s a matter of time for him to make this honest and humble run for his players and fans.

Reposted from the author’s Substack

[i] Jackson State coach Deion Sanders promotes COVID-19 vaccine: ‘It ain’t no excuse’ Rashad Milligan, Mississippi Clarion Ledger August 21, 2021

[ii] SPORTS COWBOYS Deion Sanders gives his take on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I want a chance to dominate’ Sanders also said that he has been vaccinated for “quite a long time.” Dallas Morning News. August 20, 2021

[iii] Deion Sanders criticizes Aaron Rodgers for jeopardizing Green Bay Packers: I’m a team guy Trisha Easto, Mississippi Clarion Ledger November 16, 2021

[iv] BREAKING NEWS: ICAN OBTAINS CDC V-SAFE DATA. After 2 lawsuits and months of litigation, ICAN’S legal team, headed by Aaron Siri, has obtained over 144 million rows of health entry data from approximately 10 million users of the CDC’s v-safe app. The public is encouraged to review this data by going to ICAN’s new v-safe Dashboard, available at

[v] Deion Sanders reveals how blood clots led to toe amputation during 2021 season in docuseries The Jackson State coach underwent eight surgeries in three weeks during the season, in part to save his leg. By Jean-Jacques Taylor @JJT_Journalist March 8, 2022

Dr. Peter A. McCullough


Dr. McCullough is a practicing internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist managing the cardiovascular complications of both the viral infection and the injuries developing after the COVID-19 vaccine in Dallas TX, USA. He has dozens of peer-reviewed publications on the infection, multiple US and State Senate testimonies, and has commented extensively on the medical response to the COVID-19 crisis in TheHill, America Out Loud, NewsMax, and on FOX NEWS Channel.

John Leake


John Leake studied history and philosophy with Roger Scruton at Boston University. He then went to Vienna, Austria on a graduate school scholarship and ended up living in the city for over a decade, working as a freelance writer and translator. He is a true crime writer with a lifelong interest in medical history and forensic medicine.

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