Deion Sanders applauds Winston, Mariota for skipping draft

When the 2015 NFL Draft takes place on Thursday night, top quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota will not be in attendance at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

Winston and Mariota have both decided to stay home with their families to enjoy the monumental moment in their life.

Both players have received some criticism for their decision, but Hall of Fame defensive back Deion Sanders is standing up for Winston and Mariota, saying they made the right call.

“That’s a lot of people to take up there for several days and spend those finances, you don’t have any money. So why wouldn’t you want to spend it at home in the confines of your own home where you grew up and let the whole community join in the feelings and emotions of the draft? I applaud them,” Sanders said, via USA Today Sports.

“It’s awesome to see the joy. It’s awesome to see the emotion, the whole family at the table when they receive that phone call. Finally your dreams just called you. All you have to do is answer the phone.”

It’s refreshing to see an opinion like Sanders’.

While the NFL and fans would like to see Winston and Mariota in attendance, spending time with loved ones before a busy few months preparing for a NFL season begins.

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