Sammy Knight

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Sammy Knight
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-09-10) September 10, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Fontana, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
Undrafted in 1997
Debuted in 1997 for the New Orleans Saints
Last played in 2008 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
 As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 792
Sacks 9.0
Interceptions 42
Stats at

Sammy D. Knight, Jr. (born September 10, 1975) is a former American football safety. He played college football at USC and was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1997.

Knight has also been a member of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. He was also an assistant coach at USC.[1]

Early years[edit]

Knight graduated from Rubidoux High School in Riverside, California[2] before attending the University of Southern California. He has 3 brothers who also played college football: Ryan was a record-setting prep All-American running back (rushing for 501 yards in a game) who then lettered 4 years (1984–87) at tailback for USC and led the Trojans in rushing in 1985 and 1986 (he is 20th on USC's career rushing list with 1,875 yards), Greg played defensive line at Colorado (1986) and Darryl lettered 3 years (1998–2000) at linebacker at USC. His father, Sam Sr., played on a California state championship basketball team at Riverside (Calif.) Community College in the early 1960s that was coached by Jerry Tarkanian. He is married to Freda Knight, a Hampton University Graduate. They have four daughters named Shianne, Samone, Savannah, and Sasha. Knight also has an older daughter named Aneka.

Professional career[edit]

After a successful 2001 season with the New Orleans Saints, Knight appeared in the 2002 Pro Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. In 2011, Sammy Knight was inducted into the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame [3] for his years with the Black and Gold.

New York Giants[edit]

On March 3, 2008, Knight signed a three-year, $5.1 million with the New York Giants. The deal included a $1 million signing bonus.[4] He was released on February 9, 2009.


In 2010 Knight joined the USC coaching staff as a graduate assistant primarily working with the safeties.[5] He continues in the same role for the 2011 season.


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