Frank Sanders (American football)

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Frank Sanders
No. 81
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1973-02-17) February 17, 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Dillard
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 507
Receiving yards: 6,749
Touchdowns: 24
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Frank Vondel Sanders (born February 17, 1973), is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Auburn. He was drafted in the second round (47th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Sanders played in nine NFL seasons. His best season, statistically, in his career came during the 1998 season when he led the National Football Conference (NFC) in receptions with 89 for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns.

College career[edit]

Sanders attended Auburn University from 19911994. While at Auburn, he was a four-year letterman, and was named First-team All-America by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America and Scripps, as well as a consensus All-SEC selection, after his senior season and leading the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in receiving yards-per-game (91.0) and breaking Auburn's single-season record for receptions (58). Sanders finished his Auburn career second in total receptions with 121, receiving yardage with 1,998 and receiving touchdowns with 15.[1] He was selected in the 14th round (385th overall) of the 1994 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners, though he never signed with the team.

In September 2013, he was named to the 2013 SEC Football Legends class.[2]

Career statisics[edit]

Season Receiving Rushing
Year Team Rec Yds Avg Lng. TD Att Yds Avg Lng. TD
1991 AUB 2 42 21.0 -- 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 AUB 13 204 15.7 -- 2 0 0 0 0 0
1993 AUB 48 842 17.5 -- 6 6 57 9.5 -- 1
1994 AUB 58 910 15.7 -- 7 6 84 14.0 -- 2
Career 121 1,998 16.5 -- 15 12 141 11.8 -- 3

Professional career[edit]

Sanders was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. As a rookie, he started all 16 games, and recorded 52 receptions for 883 yards and two touchdowns.[3] During Week 6, in a 27-21 lose to the New York Giants he recorded six receptions for 108 yards and the only two touchdowns of the season.[4] In 1996, he recorded 69 receptions or 813 yards and four touchdowns.[5] In 1997, he recorded 75 receptions for 1,017 yards and four touchdowns.[6] In 1998, he experienced his best season statistically. He led the team in receptions (89) and receiving yards (1,145)[7] and three touchdowns. In 1999, he recorded 79 receptions for 954 yards and one touchdown.[8] In 2000, he he recorded 54 receptions for 749 yards and a career high in touchdowns (6).[9] In 2001, he recorded 41 receptions for 618 yards and two touchdowns.[10] In 2002, his final with the Cardinals, he recorded a Cardinals' career low in receptions (34) and receiving yards (400), and two touchdowns.[11]

In April 2003, Sanders signed a four-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.[12] After suffering injuries throughout the 2003 season, he recorded a career low, 14 receptions for another career low, 170 yards.[13] In April 2004, he was released by the Ravens.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Receiving Rushing
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng. TD Att Yds Avg Lng. TD
1995 AZ 16 15 52 883 17.0 48 2 1 1 1.0 1 0
1996 AZ 16 16 69 813 11.8 34 4 2 -4 -2.0 1 0
1997 AZ 16 16 75 1,017 13.6 70 4 1 5 5.0 5 0
1998 AZ 16 16 89 1,145 12.9 42 3 4 0 0 7 0
1999 AZ 16 16 79 954 12.1 63 1 0 0 0 0 0
2000 AZ 16 16 54 749 13.9 53 6 0 0 0 0 0
2001 AZ 15 13 41 618 15.1 68 2 0 0 0 0 0
2002 AZ 12 12 34 400 11.8 37 2 3 2 0.7 5 0
2003 BAL 13 0 14 170 12.1 44 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 136 120 507 6,749 13.3 70 24 11 4 0.4 7 0

Post-football[edit]

In September 2016, Sanders along with the Arizona Cardinals, gave out school supplies to the students at Herrera Elementary School.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-America WR Frank Sanders honored by SEC". AuburnTigers.com. September 19, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Marcello, Brandon (September 19, 2013). "Former Auburn receiver Frank Sanders named to 2013 SEC Legends Class". AL.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "1995 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ George, Thomas (October 9, 1995). "ON PRO FOOTBALL;Generation X's and O's: Cardinals in Transition". NYTimes.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ "1996 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ "1997 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ "1998 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "1999 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ "2000 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ "2001 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  11. ^ "2002 Arizona Cardinals Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (April 17, 2003). "Ravens, WR Sanders Agree to Deal". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ "2003 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Kittner caught in QB numbers game". ESPN.com. April 27, 2004. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Valley students get big surprise from the Cardinals". Fox10Phoenix.com. September 7, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2017.