Sammy White (American football)

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Sammy White
No. 85
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-16) March 16, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth: Winnsboro, Louisiana
Career information
College: Grambling State
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Debuted in 1976
Last played in 1985
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 393
Receiving Yards 6,400
Touchdowns 50
Stats at NFL.com

Sammy White (born March 3, 1954 in Winnsboro, Louisiana) is a former American football wide receiver in the NFL.

After attending Grambling State University, White played all ten seasons (1976–1985) of his professional career as a wide receiver with the Minnesota Vikings, winning the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year and UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year awards in 1976. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection in 1976 and 1977. In 128 career games, he totaled 393 receptions, 6,400 receiving yards, and 50 touchdowns.

Notoriety[edit]

One of the most spectacular and ferocious hits in NFL history happened to White during Super Bowl XI, held on January 9, 1977 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. During a 3rd and long play, Fran Tarkenton dropped deep into the pocket and delivered a bullet to White who was on crossing route, with Oakland Raiders DB Skip Thomas meeting him in the middle. As White made a spectacular catch on the ball he was hit by Raiders safety Jack Tatum, while Thomas closed the gap. The collision knocked White's helmet and chin strap off, sending the helmet tumbling about eight yards backwards from where they landed. Although shaken on the play, he held onto the ball gaining the Vikings a first down. He would return to the game, however the Vikings were outscored 32-14 and the Raiders would win their first of 3 Super Bowls.