Sam McGuffie

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Sam McGuffie
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McGuffie warming up prior to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 3, 2008
Position:Wide receiver / Running Back
Personal information
Born: (1989-10-16) October 16, 1989 (age 29)
Cypress, Texas
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Cypress (TX) Cy-Fair
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Samuel Terrence McGuffie (born October 16, 1989) is an American bobsledder for the United States men's national team, a former American football running back and wide receiver and a former rugby union player. In American football, he most recently was a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. Previously in the National Football League, he had spent time with the Oakland Raiders in training camp in 2013, and then was briefly a practice squad player for the Arizona Cardinals and later the New England Patriots. He played his freshman season of college football at Michigan before transferring to Rice to play his final three seasons in his native state of Texas.[1]

High school career[edit]

McGuffie starred as a high school running back for Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas, where he rushed for a total of 5,847 yards in 699 total carries and scored 83 touchdowns. Those numbers include a junior season in which he carried the ball 358 times for 3,121 yards and also scored 44 touchdowns. Sam was known to “hurdle his opponents” when they tried to tackle him. He was very elusive when he ran with the pig-skin.

McGuffie's stellar career at high school garnered a lot of attention from college football scouts. He was voted the tenth-best running back in the country by McGuffie was also rated a four-star recruit by, who also ranked him as the ninth-best running back in the nation.

College career[edit]


McGuffie was recruited heavily coming out of high school. He made his verbal commitment to play for Michigan live on Houston's television station KPRC.[2] McGuffie chose Michigan over California, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and USC. However, when Rich Rodriguez took over as the head coach of Michigan, McGuffie had doubts about whether to stay, though in the end he remained committed to Michigan. He attributed the decision to stay in Michigan in large part due to the presence of running backs coach Fred Jackson.[3]

McGuffie started as a true freshman for Michigan and scored his first touchdown in a loss to Utah. When Michigan played at the University of Notre Dame, McGuffie had a breakout game, in which he rushed for 131 yards and also added 47 yards receiving with a touchdown.

McGuffie suffered three concussions during his freshman season.

McGuffie's last down in a Michigan Wolverine uniform occurred November 22, 2008, when he returned a kick-off during the first quarter of the Michigan–Ohio State game. He was tackled by Ohio State's Austin Spitler and Jamario O'Neal after an 11-yard return, the hit resulting in his third concussion of the season. It was the only time in his career that he carried the ball against the Buckeyes, and it was the last time he would touch the ball as a Wolverine.

On December 12, 2008, McGuffie decided not to return to Michigan.

Rice University[edit]

McGuffie transferred to Rice University after his freshman season at Michigan to be closer to home.[4] During his first year at Rice, McGuffie had the third highest rushing yardage total of any back in Conference USA, with 883 yards and six touchdowns. He also had receiving totals of 384 yards and three touchdowns, making him one of only three players in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision to gain both 880 yards rushing and 380 yards receiving in 2010.[5] McGuffie missed several games during the 2011 season because of injuries, including the last five games of the season. For the 2012 season, McGuffie moved to a new position as a wide receiver, catching 54 passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns.[6]

Track and field[edit]

McGuffie was also a standout track athlete while in college at Michigan and Rice University. He competed in the 60 meters and 100 meters, posting personal bests of 6.82 seconds and 10.70 seconds, respectively. He also participated in the 60 meter hurdles, with his fastest finish in 8.42 seconds, and in the 1000 meters with a best time of 2:52.83 minutes.

In field events, McGuffie competed in the high jump and long jump, as well as the pole vault and the shot put.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.82 Houston, Texas February 27, 2009
60 meter hurdles 8.42 Lincoln, Oregon February 4, 2012
100 meters 10.70 Tulsa, Oklahoma May 15, 2009
1000 meters 2:52.83 Birmingham, Alabama February 26, 2012
Event Mark (meters) Venue Date
High Jump 2.00 Lincoln, Oregon February 3, 2012
Long jump 7.52 Tulsa, Oklahoma May 15, 2009

Professional career[edit]

2013 Pro Day[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
200 lb
(91 kg)
4.32 s 1.45 s 2.43 s 3.93 s 6.57 s 42 in
(1.07 m)
11 ft 2 in
(3.40 m)
26 reps
All values from ProDay.[7]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

McGuffie went undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, he signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders on April 27, 2013. On August 25, 2013, he was waived by the Raiders.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

McGuffie was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. He was released on September 17, 2013.

New England Patriots[edit]

McGuffie was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad in December 2013. He was released on March 11, 2014.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

McGuffie spent the 2014 CFL season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League as running back/wide-receiver. He did not see any playing time, and was released by the Blue Bombers on April 6, 2015.[8]

Bobsled career[edit]

On October 26, 2015, McGuffie was announced as a member of the USA Bobsled National Team.[9]

On January 15, 2018, McGuffie was announced as a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Bobsleigh Team for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. McGuffie was selected as a push crewman for the four man bobsled piloted by Codie Bascue as well as the brakeman for the two-man bobsled also piloted by Codie Bascue. [10]


  1. ^ Tim Hyland. "2014 Michigan State Football Preview". Sports.
  2. ^ "YouTube – Running Back Sam McGuffie Verbally Commits". Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  3. ^ "U-M RECRUITING: Sam McGuffie struggled with Michigan pick – almost went to Cal | | Detroit Free Press". Retrieved 2008-11-05.
  4. ^ "Report: Sam McGuffie set to enroll at Rice".
  5. ^ " Sam McGuffie Bio – Rice University Official Athletic Site Rice University Official Athletic Site – Football".
  6. ^ "Sam McGuffie shifts to new role for Owls". Houston Chronicle.
  7. ^ "Sam McGuffie – Rice, WR : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  8. ^ "Bombers Add Two to Roster, Release One". Blue Bombers.
  9. ^ Bird, Amanda (October 26, 2015). "USA Bobsled National Team Announced". USABS. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  10. ^ Bird, Amanda (January 15, 2018). "2018 U.S. Men's Bobsled Team Announced". USABS. Retrieved January 15, 2018.

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