Samari Rolle

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Samari Rolle
SamariRolle.jpg
Samari Rolle (left) with a fan at Miami Beach Senior High
No. 21, 22
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-08-10) August 10, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm) Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 1998 for the Tennessee Titans
Last played in 2009 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 385
Sacks 9.5
INTs 31
Stats at NFL.com

Samari Toure Rolle (born August 10, 1976 in Miami, Florida) is a retired American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Rolle has also played for the Baltimore Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2000.

Early years[edit]

Rolle attended Miami Beach High School in Miami Beach, Florida, where he was named Super Prep Dixie Defensive Player of the Year and was a Dream Team selection by Blue Chip Illustrated. As a senior, he tallied 62 tackles and six interceptions on defense, and threw for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns at quarterback, he also rushed for 402 yards and returned three punts for touchdowns. He was a teammate of future pro bowler Duane Starks. He then played in the Super 24 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game.

College career[edit]

Rolle played College football at Florida State University. He played in 38 games with 24 starts and made 12 interceptions and 111 tackles in his four-year career. In his senior season he was named First-Team All-ACC and Football News Third-Team All-America. Four of his 12 career interceptions came against rival Miami Hurricanes.

Professional career[edit]

Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans[edit]

Samari Rolle was selected by the Tennessee Oilers in the second round (46th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played in 15 games and finished the campaign with 30 tackles. The following year, he recorded 69 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions. He shares the franchise record with three interceptions in one game in 1999 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Rolle started, however they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams. He was selected to the 2000 Pro Bowl after recording a seven interception season, one of which he returned for a touchdown. In 2001, he made 56 tackles and three interceptions. The following season he started in every game and finished the season with 48 tackles and two interceptions. In 2003, he only played in 13 games after dislocating his elbow, but finished the season with 31 tackles and six interceptions. He was released by Tennessee at the end of the 2004 season for salary cap reasons and finished the campaign with 28 tackles.

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Rolle signed for the Baltimore Ravens as an unrestricted free agent on March 7, 2005. His first year in Baltimore was decent as he recorded 41 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception and 11 pass deflections. However, in 2006 he struggled against the deep ball in several early games, most notably in week 6 against the Panthers where Rolle gave up two long touchdowns to Drew Carter and Steve Smith.[1] However Rolle rebounded and played relatively well in the second half of the season. He finished the season with 52 tackles and three interceptions.

Through week 10 of the 2007 NFL season, Rolle missed five games due to an undisclosed illness. On November 14, 2007, talk show hosts filling in on the Anita Marks show on Baltimore ESPN Radio 1300AM mentioned that Rolle was being treated for seizures, but no further elaboration was provided. On November 21, 2007, Rolle disclosed that the illness was epilepsy due to years of giving and receiving crushing hits during his football career.[2] He finished the season playing in only six games and ended the campaign with 22 tackles and one interception and won the "Ed Block Courage Award"..

Even though he made ten regular season starts with three interceptions in 2008, Rolle's injuries continued to limit his playing time. He missed six games with shoulder and neck problems, and was inactive for the AFC championship playoff contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to a groin injury. He got an interception as a starter in the other two postseason matches. It came in a 13-3 win against Tennessee, his former team.

Rolle was released by the team on March 18, 2009,[3] only to be re-signed by the team on April 6. He was released again on April 13, 2010.[4]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumlbe Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
1998 TEN 15 25 21 4 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
1999 TEN 16 69 57 12 3.0 1 1 0 4 65 16 30 0 14
2000 TEN 15 39 35 4 1.5 0 1 0 7 140 20 81 1 18
2001 TEN 14 55 51 4 2.0 0 2 0 3 3 1 3 0 14
2002 TEN 16 48 39 9 0.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 13
2003 TEN 13 31 23 8 0.0 0 2 0 6 141 24 52 0 17
2004 TEN 11 28 27 1 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
2005 BAL 16 39 37 2 0.0 2 0 0 1 11 11 11 0 11
2006 BAL 16 52 48 4 1.0 0 0 0 3 60 20 44 0 11
2007 BAL 6 22 21 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
2008 BAL 10 23 21 2 0.0 1 0 0 3 5 2 3 0 8
Career 148 431 380 51 9.5 5 7 0 31 425 14 81 1 123

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Personal[edit]

Rolle wore the number #22 as a tribute to his high school teammate and former Ravens cornerback Duane Starks.

On June 13, 2007 Rolle was in South Africa on board a small commuter airplane returning from a safari when the door at the back of the plane flew off.[6] Rolle was on the plane with his wife along with then-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard, then-Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor, their respective wives and three other people. However, no one was seriously hurt and the flight landed safely.

His name "Samari" means strength. Along with his wife, Danisha, and the Samari Rolle Foundation, in 2002, he kicked off a bowling tournament featuring his Titans teammates, members of the media and corporate sponsors . Rolle and Danisha have 2 daughters, Samara, 8 and Amari Michelle, 2 and a son, Jamir[7]

On May 7, 2010, Rolle announced his retirement from the NFL after 12 seasons citing neck injuries as the main reason.

Rolle is currently an assistant football coach at Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McAlister, Rolle: Covered And Uncovered Archived June 15, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rolle says epilepsy under control; 'I'm not scared' Archived October 25, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Duffy, Mike. "Rolle's Release Official," BaltimoreRavens.com, Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Archived February 24, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Hensley, Jamison (April 13, 2010). "Ravens release veteran cornerback Rolle". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Samari Rolle Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Jaguars' Taylor Gets Scare in Africa Archived July 8, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Baltimore Ravens bio Archived April 29, 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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