Sanders in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 10 Denver Broncos
|Date of birth:March 17, 1987|
|Place of birth: Bellville, Texas|
|High school: Bellville (TX)|
|College: Southern Methodist|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Steelers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Emmanuel Sanders (born March 17, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern Methodist University (SMU).
Prior to entering the NFL draft, Sanders was a three-year starter at Southern Methodist University. He was awarded All-Conference honors his final two seasons. As a sophomore, Sanders posted 74/889/13, his junior year 67/958/9, and as a senior posted career totals of 98/1339/7. In addition, he averaged 13.8 yards on 20 punt returns with an additional score.
2010 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 in||186 lb||4.40 s||1.49 s||2.46 s||4.10 s||6.64 s||39.5 in||10 ft 6 in||12 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Despite being fourth on the Steelers' team depth chart for much of the 2010 season, Sanders still managed to finish off his rookie year with 28 receptions for 376 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2011, Sanders became an integral part of the receiving corps on the team along with teammates Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. The three players developed a nickname for themselves known collectively as the "Young Money Family" or "Young Money Crew," inspired by rapper Lil Wayne. Within the group, Sanders was sometimes referred to as "Easy Money" since his first initial is "E." The trio of receivers also dubbed the nickname "Bugatti Boys" for themselves, also after a rap group.
In 2012, Sanders was instructed to meet with league officials for falling to the turf with an alleged leg cramp during the Steelers' win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7; Pittsburgh could have used a timeout, but did not due to Sanders' "injury". On November 9, 2012, the league fined Sanders $15,000 and the Steelers $35,000 for the incident. NFL VP of Operations Ray Anderson used video evidence of Sanders out-sprinting his teammates, just one play after sitting out from his injury, as proof that the injury was fake. This is the first time in league history a player has been fined for faking an injury.
On April 10, 2013 the New England Patriots signed Sanders to an offer sheet that the Steelers had five days to match. On Sunday, April 14, the Steelers matched the offer sheet, meaning Sanders would stay with the team for the 2013 season.
Sanders agreed on terms to sign with the Denver Broncos on March 15, 2014. The next day, after it was announced the contract was for $15 million for three years, executives representing the Kansas City Chiefs complained that Sanders' agent, Steve Weinberg, had accepted a deal with the Chiefs in principle.
|Career Totals||(4 seasons)||56||161||2,030||12.9||11||37|
- "Emmanuel Sanders: I didn't fake leg cramp for Steelers". National Football League. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Steelers, WR Sanders fined for faking injury". Yahoo! Sports. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- Rosenthal, Gregg (March 15, 2014). "Emmanuel Sanders agrees to join Denver Broncos". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
- Rapoport, Ian (March 16, 2014). "Emmanuel Sanders deal leaves executives crying foul". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16.