He was born Orban Eugene ”Spec” Sanders on January 26th, 1919. The Oklahoma product played his college ball the University of Texas. He was the sixth overall pick of the 1942 draft by Washington Redskins. Sanders never appeared in a game for the ’Skins. In fact, he didn't make his professional debut until 1946. This was due to military service during WWII. Post active duty, Sanders joined an upstart league called the All-American Football Conference. The league was designed for ex-college greats who didn't make one of 10 NFL rosters, and ex-pros who were returning from military service.