Justin Sandy

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Justin Sandy
No. 40
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1982-02-22) February 22, 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth: Wayne, Nebraska
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Northern Iowa
Undrafted: 2004
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Justin Michael Sandy (born February 22, 1982) is a former American football safety. He was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Northern Iowa. After a brief acting and modeling career which included videos with the likes of Taylor Swift and Bruce Willis Sandy went on to build two businesses from the ground up. He has been called a purpose driven entrepreneur by "Modern Gladiator" magazine and is a frequent radio and podcast guest. A lover of the outdoors, travel, and exploration Sandy now resides in Colorado.

Early years[edit]

Sandy attended East (Sioux City, Iowa) High School where he made 58 receptions for 957 yards and 28 touchdowns. He was voted at the 4A State Player of the Year in the State of Iowa.

College career[edit]

Sandy played college football for the University of Northern Iowa. Originally recruited to play wide receiver Sandy was moved to Safety his sophomore season. He played in 47 games and made 192 tackles and seven interceptions. He was first team all conference and voted Most Value Player by his teammates after his senior season. He majored in business management.

Professional career[edit]

An underdog from small town Iowa and a small 1AA college. As an undrafted free agent to the Tennessee Titans he was 1 of only 2 players to successfully make the Titans Roster in 2004 out of nearly 30 other free agent players from around the country. Jarrett Payton, the son of Walter Payton, was the only other player underrated player to make the Titans roster that year.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Sandy was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 28, 2004. After earning the respect of the coaches and teammates during his time on the practice squad he was activated to the active roster and made his NFL debut at the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 21. During the 3rd quarter of his first active NFL game he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot while blocking an opposing player during a special teams play. Astonishingly, he managed to finish the game but collapsed to the ground immediately upon the conclusion due to overwhelming pain and was rushed to the training room for immediate treatment. After surgery and months of tenuous rehabilitation on his left foot Sandy suffered his second major career set back when he suffered the same injury on his right foot. Determined to return to the field the following season Sandy sought second opinions from some of the most well known doctors across the country. After discussing his options with coaches and multiple doctors Sandy opted to forgo the traditional rehabiliation for a controversial cancer treatment which was promised to expedite bone healing. His healing time was cut in half but he was able to return for the final preseason game of 2005 against the San Francisco 49ers. In 2005, his second season for the Titans, he played in three games and started his first NFL game versus the Baltimore Ravens on September 21 before suffering his 3rd major injury in less than one year. Sandy again fractured his right foot after jumping over a fullback to tackle the RB from the Ravens. He finished the season with two tackles and was unable to return to play the rest of that season. Asked about his multiple injuries Sandy responded by saying "Tough times don't last, tough people do." quoting his admired high school coach, Walt Fiegel.

Frustrated by pressure and lack of adequate treatment from the training staff Sandy went on to complete his degree in Business Management but attending Middle Tennessee State University and transferring his credits back to Northern Iowa. In the summer of 2006, Sandy accomplished his goal and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with honors. In addition to completing his degree Sandy attended business courses at Harvard School of Business Management and The Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

After departing from the Titans, taking control of his own rehabilitation while attending school, Sandy earned a roster position with the Cleveland Browns. Sandy was a starting special teams player and was in the running for a starting safety position before suffering a major knee injury during a preseason game versus the Cowboys. After two seasons with the Browns in 2006 and 2007 he was forced by doctors to make a decision. Keep on playing and require a total knee replacement a few years down the road or retire. After an injury settlement, Sandy departed the Cleveland Brown on July 21, 2008. He then went on to retire after a five year NFL career