B. J. Sams (American football)
B. J. Sams in 2006.
|No. 36, 30|
|Wide receiver / Return specialist / Cornerback|
|Date of birth:||October 29, 1980|
|Place of birth:||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Mandeville (LA)|
|Debut:||2004 for the Baltimore Ravens|
|Last played:||2009 for the California Redwoods|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Kickoff return yards:||3,341|
|Punt return yards:||1,378|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Bradley Jamar "B. J." Sams (born October 29, 1980) is a former American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons. He played college football at McNeese State University. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2004, and also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and California Redwoods.
Sams was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Samuel Sams, a World War II pilot, and Marian Smith. He attended Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana. He won All-State honors and was named the district most valuable player in football.
For the first three years of his career, Sams proved to be a valuable asset to the Ravens return game, and one of the better return men in the league. After joining the team as an undrafted free agent, his rookie season he posted 1826 total kick and punt return yds., including 2 punt return TDs. The following season he missed two games, but still posted 1399 total return yds., with a career long of 82 yds. In 2006, he had an equally productive season, and was on pace to have the best season of his career before going down with injury in Game 12. Two weeks prior to that, against the Atlanta Falcons, he had one of the best games of his career, returning for more yds. than the Falcons had rushing, combined, at 212. His best career game, his rookie season, he had 250 total yds. and a TD against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sams suffered a broken leg against the Cincinnati Bengals and missed the remainder of Baltimore's 2007 season. Before suffering the injury, he helped keep the team in the game with 177 return yds., though they would ultimately lose on a late flag that negated a Todd Heap TD.
Although he was let go following this season, in favor of Yamon Figurs, a return man who wound up being released himself in 2009, in Sams' career as a Raven prior to injury, he became the second best return specialist in Baltimore Ravens history, with 4481 total return yds. in just over three seasons. That mark is second only to Jermaine Lewis, who was the team's all-time leading return man, with 5883 regular season return yds. in six seasons.
His rookie season mark of 1251 kick return yards, still stands as the best single season kick return total in team history.
Kansas City Chiefs
He led the UFL's inaugural season as the league's leading kick returner, with 375 yds.
|Year||Team||Games||Punt Return Attempts||Punt Return Yards||Punts Returned for Touchdown||Punts Fair Caught||Longest Punt Return||Kickoff Return Attempts||Kickoff Return Yards||Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown||Kickoffs Fair Caught||Longest Kickoff Return|
- "DB/RS B.J. Sams OUT for the season with broken leg" baltimoreravens.com, Accessed December 10, 2006
- "United Football League Signs 31 Players to California Redwoods' Roster". 2009-08-20.
- "B.J. Sams Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 4 April 2014.