NFL Reveals The Real Leon Sandcastle

5:56 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
Andre Dawson, "Leon Sandcastle" USA Today/Instagram
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Mike Foss, USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders took a memorable acting turn in a commercial during Super Bowl VLVII, posing as Leon Sandcastle so he could compete in the NFL combine.

However, Sanders wasn't the only person pretending to be Sandcastle on screen.

Ball State cornerback Andre Dawson (not this Andre Dawson) was Sanders' stunt double; jumping and sprinting in all the scenes from the combine.

Dawson was cast in the role thanks to a bizarre text from Ball State backup QB Kelly Page. Page asked Dawson for his height and weight via text. Unbeknownst to Dawson, Page was in the middle of standing in for Colts rookie sensation Andrew Luck.

A few texts and emails later, and Dawson was cast as Deion Sanders playing Leon Sandcastle.

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"Deion was there the whole time," Dawson told Sporting News. "It was funny we were together most of the time talking. I don't think he knew I was an athlete though; I think he thought I was an actor."

"We were talking the whole time about his NFL experiences."

After he wrapped, Dawson had to keep his involvement secret. Once the ad ran Sunday, Dawson posted the photo featured on Instagram.

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