Emmanuel Sanders

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Emmanuel Sanders
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Sanders with the Broncos in 2014
No. 10 Denver Broncos
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-17) March 17, 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth: Bellville, Texas
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Bellville (TX)
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 82
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Receptions: 399
Receiving yards: 5,399
Receiving TDs: 30
Player stats at NFL.com

Emmanuel Niamiah Sanders[1] (born March 17, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Broncos Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Early years[edit]

Sanders attended Bellville High School in Bellville, Texas, where he was a four-sport star in football, basketball, baseball and track. In football, in which he was most notable, Sanders was a first-team All-District performer at running back, wide receiver and safety. As a senior, he rushed for 499 yards with six touchdowns, hauled in 24 catches for 414 yards and a score while also throwing for a touchdown. On defense, he recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions. He was named Team MVP and Tri-County Offensive Player of the Year following his senior campaign. In all, he earned seven All-District honors during his high school career.[2] Regarded only as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, Sanders chose SMU over scholarship offers from TCU, Kansas, Baylor and Houston.[3]

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.[4]

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 4.41 s 4.10 s 6.60 s 39.5 in 8 ft 6 in
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. Sanders and the Steelers would reach the Super Bowl after they beat the New York Jets 24–19 in the AFC Championship game. In Super Bowl XLV, Sanders had 2 catches for 17 yards, but left the game with a foot injury. The Steelers lost 31–25 to the Green Bay Packers.

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."[5] The trio of receivers also dubbed the nickname "Bugatti Boys" for themselves, also after a rap group.[6]

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".[7] On November 9, 2012, the league fined Sanders $15,000 and the Steelers $35,000 for the incident.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Sanders agreed on terms to sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos on March 15, 2014.[11] 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.[12]

In his debut as a Bronco, Sanders recorded 6 receptions for 77 yards in a 31–24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.[13] Sanders caught his first touchdown pass as a Bronco in a 42–17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on October 19, 2014, a game that also saw Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning become the all-time leader in career pass TDs.[14] In the Broncos next contest, a 35–21 win over AFC West rivals San Diego Chargers, Sanders caught 9 passes for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns.[15]

On November 16, 2014, during the Broncos' 22–7 loss against the St. Louis Rams, Sanders suffered a concussion after being hit by Rams safety Rodney McLeod.[16]

Sanders finished the 2014 season with a career high in catches, yards and touchdowns. He had 101 catches, 1404 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Sanders made his first Pro Bowl.

On December 20, 2015, Sanders had 10 catches and a career high 181 yards for a touchdown in a 34-27 loss to his former team Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sanders finished the 2015 season with 76 catches, 1135 yards, and 6 touchdowns. The Broncos finished 12-4 and earned the #1 seed for the AFC playoffs. The Broncos beat the Steelers and Patriots to reach Super Bowl 50, where they beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, to win the Super Bowl. Sanders was the leading receiver in the Super Bowl with 6 catches for 83 yards.

On September 7, 2016, Sanders signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos.[17]

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 55T
Denver Broncos 2014 16 101 1,404 13.9 9 48
Denver Broncos 2015 16 76 1,135 14.9 6 75T
Career Totals (6 seasons) 83 338 4,569 13.5 26 75


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  2. ^ http://www.smumustangs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/emmanuel_sanders_208895.html
  3. ^ https://rivals.yahoo.com/bwi/football/recruiting/player-Emmanuel-Sanders-28061
  4. ^ "Emmanuel Sanders". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Steelers Receivers use Lil Wayne as Inspiration for Young Money Family". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Receivers flourish in Steelers' win over Cardinals". Tribal Live. October 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Emmanuel Sanders: I didn't fake leg cramp for Steelers". National Football League. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Steelers, WR Sanders fined for faking injury". Yahoo! Sports. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Wow, the NFL Actually fined a player for Faking and Injury". Deadspin. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Steelers match one year 25 million offer sheet Emmanuel Sanders signed with New England". Post Gazette. April 14, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 15, 2014). "Emmanuel Sanders agrees to join Denver Broncos". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  12. ^ Rapoport, Ian (March 16, 2014). "Emmanuel Sanders deal leaves executives crying foul". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  13. ^ "Peyton Manning keys Broncos' first-half romp before Colts' rally falters". ESPN. September 7, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Peyton Manning surpasses Brett Favre for career TD passes in rout". ESPN. October 19, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Emmanuel Sanders breaks out with 3 TDs as Broncos dump Chargers". ESPN. October 23, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Broncos lose Julius Thomas, Sanders to injuries". Washington Post. November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ Mason, Andrew. "Broncos agree to terms with WR Emmanuel Sanders on a contract extension". DenverBroncos.com. 

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