|Date of birth:||June 24, 1949|
|Place of birth:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||John O'Fallon Technical High School|
|College:||University of New Mexico|
|NFL Draft:||1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Player stats at PFR|
Sam Willis Scarber (June 24, 1949) is a retired professional American football Running back. He played college football at the University of New Mexico and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 3rd round (69th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft.
Scarber was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended John O'Fallon Technical High School. He moved on to play at Northeastern Junior College, before transferring to the University of New Mexico, where the team used a triple-option running offense.
In 1968, he registered the school's second longest pass play (88 yards) against the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1969, he was the team's leading rusher (534 yards) and had a school record 38 carries against Kansas University. In 1970, the team led the nation averaging 350 rushing yards per game and he was again the team's leading rusher (961 yards with a 5.2 average). He set season school records in scoring (78 points), touchdowns (13) and received All-WAC honors.
He finished his college career as the school's second career rusher (1,531 yards).
Los Angeles Rams
Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)
The Edmonton Eskimos signed him before the start of their training camp in 1972. He was limited physically during the season, after separating both shoulders in different incidents. He was waived on July 27, 1973.
Detroit Wheels (WFL)
In 1974, he signed with the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League, where he was the starter at running back and their leading rusher with 606 yards (4.4 average). The Wheels were the first WFL franchise to fold in 1974. The league held a dispersal draft for their players and he was selected by the Southern California Sun.
San Diego Chargers
On Cheers, Scarber played the role of Lewis, one of Cliff's co-workers at the post office.
After supporting roles in Against All Odds (1984), Sam played arm wrestler Harry Boscoe in the 1985 Sylvester Stallone film Over The Top. He has since appeared in small roles in many television shows and several movies.