Sam Graddy

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Sam Graddy
No. 83, 85
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1964-02-10) February 10, 1964 (age 55)
Gaffney, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:North Atlanta High School
College:University of Tennessee
NFL Draft:1987 / Round: 
Career history
Player stats at PFR

Samuel Louis Graddy III (born February 10, 1964) is a former American athlete and American football player, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Early years[edit]

Born in Gaffney, South Carolina, Sam Graddy was second in the 100 m and was a member of gold medal winning American 4 × 100 m relay team at the 1983 Pan American Games.

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from university, Graddy was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1987 NFL Draft. He played seasons 1987 and 1988, and signed with the Los Angeles Raiders, where he played from 1990 to 1992. During his Raider career Graddy was blasted by Raider fans for dropping too many passes and since the Raider coaches also realized this his playing time was reduced. In 1991, he scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass against the Houston Oilers.

Track and field[edit]

Sam Graddy
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles 4x100 metres relay
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles 100 metres
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1983 Caracas 4×100 metres relay
Silver medal – second place 1983 Caracas 100 metres

Graddy was also a standout track athlete. In 1984, he won the US National championships in 100 meters with a time of 10.28 seconds, and as a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student, he also won the NCAA 100 meters title.[1][2]

At the Los Angeles Olympics, Graddy was second behind Carl Lewis in 100 m and ran the first leg in the American 4 x 100 metres relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 37.83 seconds.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.63 Paris, France January 1, 1985
100 meters 10.09 Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 12, 1984
200 meters 20.30 Knoxville, Tennessee May 10, 1985


  1. ^ Mallon, Bill; Buchanan, Ian; Track & Field News. "A History Of The Results Of The National Track & Field Championships Of The USA From 1876 Through 2015". Track & Field News. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Hill, E. Garry. "A History Of The NCAA Championships, 1921–2016: 100 Meters" (PDF). Track & Field News. Retrieved January 8, 2017.