Sanu with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013
|No. 12 – Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||August 22, 1989|
|Place of birth:||New Brunswick, New Jersey|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Monmouth Junction (NJ) South Brunswick|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Mohamed Sanu Sr. (born August 22, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and played college football at Rutgers.
Originally from Sayreville, New Jersey, Sanu was born to a Muslim family and also lived in his parents' native Sierra Leone as a child. Sanu returned to the United States and lived in Dayton, New Jersey, where he eventually starred at South Brunswick High School as a triple-option quarterback before enrolling at Rutgers University in 2009. In his final season at South Brunswick High School, Sanu led the Vikings to their first playoff berth in nearly 40 years, including three rushing touchdowns of at least 80 yards against Edison High School. He was ruled ineligible to play during his senior year, due to exceeding NJSIAA's age restriction; he graduated high school six months early and enrolled at Rutgers University in January 2009.
In track & field, Sanu was one of the state's top performers in the jumping events. At the 2008 NJSIAA Sectional Championships, he placed 2nd in the triple jump (14.08 m) and 3rd in the long jump (6.43 meters). He also competed as a sprinter, recording personal-best times of 6.94 seconds in the 55 metres and 24.28 seconds in the 200 meters at the 2008 Merli Invitational. He is a fan of soccer, and supports West Ham United.
As a true freshman, Sanu had 51 receptions for 639 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 62 times for 346 yards and five touchdowns out of the Wildcat formation. Sanu was the first-ever true freshman to start at wide receiver for Rutgers under coach Greg Schiano, and he won Most Valuable Player honors at the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl. In 2010, Sanu was a consensus preseason All-Big East wide receiver. In 2011 against North Carolina he tied a Big East record with 13 receptions. The next week he broke his own record by catching 16 passes. In 2011, Sanu broke the Big East single-season reception record with 115 receptions for 1,206 yards, a record previously held by Larry Fitzgerald.
In his three seasons at Rutgers, Sanu caught 210 passes for 2,263 yards and 19 touchdowns, and gained 3,019 all-purpose yards. He also completed eight of 18 passes for 207 yards and four touchdowns.
|Ht||Wt||40‑yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20‑ss||3‑cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 3 in
|4.44 s||1.59 s||2.62 s||4.21 s||6.88 s||36 in
|10 ft 6 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
During the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Sanu received a prank phone call from somebody pretending to be Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, informing him that the Bengals were going to use their 27th overall pick on him. The following day, Sanu received a phone call from the real Mike Brown, who informed him they would be drafting him in the 3rd round with the 83rd overall pick.
On September 23, 2012, against the Washington Redskins, Sanu came in as the wildcat quarterback out of a shotgun formation for the Bengals on the first play from scrimmage of the game, and threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to A. J. Green, giving Sanu his first touchdown pass before his first NFL reception. The pass also gave Sanu a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the game. He was also the first Bengals wide receiver ever to throw a touchdown pass. Sanu had his first touchdown catch during Week 10 against the New York Giants. He finished the game with 4 receptions for 47 yards. On November 30, 2012, it was announced that Sanu had what is likely season ending surgery to repair a stress fracture.
In the 2014 NFL season, Sanu played a much bigger role in the Bengals offense due to injuries to receivers A. J. Green and Marvin Jones. He recorded two 100-yard games in 2014. In week 3, Sanu threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to his quarterback, Andy Dalton in a 33–7 victory over the Tennessee Titans. It was Sanu's fourth completion of his career on four passing attempts as well as being his second touchdown pass of his career.
On March 10, 2016, Sanu signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons. He had 59 receptions for 653 yards and four touchdowns in his first year in Atlanta. The Falcons would reach Super Bowl LI in the 2016 season. Against the New England Patriots, Sanu had two receptions for 25 yards in the 34-28 overtime defeat.
Personal stock offering
It was reported that Sanu would offer stock tracking his future income via a venture with Fantex, Inc. as part of a new financial instrument being sold by Fantex. Sanu offered Fantex a 10% share of future earnings from his brand. Fantex securitized the contract and offered shares of a publicly traded tracking stock.
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- Morrison, Jay. "Bio for Bengals’ third-round pick Mohamed Sanu" Archived 2014-02-22 at the Wayback Machine., Dayton Daily News, April 27, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2013. "In his final season at South Brunswick, Sanu led the Vikings to their first playoff berth in nearly forty years, including three rushing touchdowns of at least 80 yards vs. Edison High School."
- Allinder, Jimmy. "Sanu leaving his mark on Rutgers football", Sentinel, October 13, 2010. Accessed March 29, 2013. "Sanu is hoping for more of the same success that enabled his high school team to finish 9-2 in 2008, his final season. Because he turned 19 in his senior year, the NJSIAA declared him ineligible to play that year."
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- Hanzus, Dan. "Mohamed Sanu's season could end with stress fracture", NFL.com, December 1, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2012.
- Katzowitz, Josh. "Bengals Place WR Mohamed Sanu on IR", CBS Sports, December 4, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2013. "But late last week, Sanu suffered a stress fracture in his foot during practice. On Tuesday, the Bengals placed him on the IR list, ending his season."
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- "Stock In Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu Is On The Rise".