Emmanuel Sanders

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Emmanuel Sanders
Emmanuel Sanders 2014.JPG
Sanders in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 10     Denver Broncos
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-17) March 17, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Bellville, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 188 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Bellville (TX)
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Debuted in 2010 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 161
Receiving Yards 2,030
Receiving TDs 11
Stats at NFL.com

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).

College career[edit]

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.[1]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
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

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Sanders during his tenure with the Steelers.

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."[2] The trio of receivers also dubbed the nickname "Bugatti Boys" for themselves, also after a rap group.[3]

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".[4] On November 9, 2012, the league fined Sanders $15,000 and the Steelers $35,000 for the incident.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Sanders agreed on terms to sign with the Denver Broncos on March 15, 2014.[8] 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.[9]

In his debut as a Bronco, Sanders recorded 6 receptions for 77 yards in 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Career statistics[edit]

Team Season G Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 13 28 376 13.4 2 35
Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 11 22 288 13.1 2 32
Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 16 44 626 14.2 1 37
Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 16 67 740 11.0 6 25
Career Totals (4 seasons) 56 161 2,030 12.9 11 37


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