Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/17/11

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 29: NFL commentator Deion Sanders speaks during a broadcast at the Tampa Convention Center on January 29, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The number two has always had a lot of significance with NFL and college football hall of famer Deion Sanders. He was the first to play two major sports in the same day, he had two nicknames, he often went both ways on the gridiron, and it was even his jersey number at Florida State.

And tonight, it’s now also the number of divorces he’s had in his life. First Kobe Bryant yesterday and now Neon Deion. (And a couple weeks ago we had Lindsey Vonn too) With national divorce rates in the 55-65% percent rate (depending on the source of the stats) of course this would affect our larger-than-life athletes.

Sanders released the following public statement, first picked by TMZ:

“Pilar and I have decided to end our marriage and move on to the next phase of our individual lives with mutual respect.

“We are friends and our top priority has and will continue to be the well-being of our children.

“We arrived at this decision prayerfully and carefully in order to be able to pursue what is in both of our best personal interests.”

Deion and his now ex-wife Pilar Biggers-Sanders were married for 12 years and have three children.

The 44-year-old Sanders was previously married to Carolyn Chambers, and that marriage produced two children: Deion Jr. and Deiondra. Yeah, insert your own joke with those names. Sanders’ marriages haven’t been successful, but he’ll always be a legend among the communities of the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and Florida State Seminoles.

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