B. J. Sams (American football)

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B. J. Sams
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B. J. Sams in 2006.
No. --     Free Agent
Wide receiver / Return specialist / Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-10-29) October 29, 1980 (age 33)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: McNeese State
Undrafted in 2004
Debuted in 2004 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
Kickoff return yards 3,341
Punt return yards 1,378
Return TDs 2
Stats at NFL.com
Career UFL statistics as of 2009
Kick returns 22
Kick return yards 375
Kick return average 17.0
Stats at UFL-Football.com

Bradley Jamar "B. J." Sams (born October 29, 1980 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at McNeese State.

Sams has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and California Redwoods.

Early years[edit]

Sammy attended Mandeville High School in Mandeville, Louisiana. He won All-State honors and was named the District MVP in football.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Sams (36) returns a kick against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

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.[1] 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[edit]

On April 9, 2008, Sams signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was released four games into the regular season on October 1 after the team signed wide receiver Mark Bradley.

California Redwoods[edit]

Sams was drafted by the California Redwoods of the United Football League in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009. He signed with the team on August 18.[2]

He led the UFL's inaugural season as the league's leading kick returner, with 375 yds.

NFL stats[edit]

Returning Stats[3]

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
2004 BAL 16 55 575 2 12 78 59 1,251 0 0 64
2005 BAL 14 33 401 0 10 51 44 998 0 1 87
2006 BAL 12 29 307 0 4 65 30 772 0 0 72
2007 BAL 1 4 37 0 0 16 5 140 0 0 47
2008 KC 3 7 58 0 3 16 9 180 0 0 36
Career 46 128 1,378 2 29 78 147 3,341 0 1 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DB/RS B.J. Sams OUT for the season with broken leg" baltimoreravens.com, Accessed December 10, 2006
  2. ^ "United Football League Signs 31 Players to California Redwoods' Roster". 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ "B.J. Sams Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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