Sam Adams (American football)

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name=Sam Adams
currentteam=Free Agent
currentposition=Defensive tackle
birthdate=birth date and age|1973|6|13
birthplace=Houston, Texas
debutteam=Seattle Seahawks
* Super Bowl champion (XXXV)
* Pro Bowl alternate (1997)
* 3x Pro Bowl selection (2001, 2002, 2004)
college=Texas A&M
* Seattle Seahawks (1994-1999)
* Baltimore Ravens (2000-2001)
* Oakland Raiders (2002)
* Buffalo Bills (2003-2005)
* Cincinnati Bengals (2006)
* Denver Broncos (2007)

Sam Aaron Adams (born June 13, 1973 in Houston, Texas) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks eighth overall in the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M.

High school and college

Adams attended Cypress Creek High School in Houston where he was part of a defense that included fellow future NFLer Dan Neil as well as several other future Division I athletes.

At Cy-Creek, Adams was not only the Prep Southwest Defensive Player of the Year, but a state champion in the shot put, placing 2nd in the nation.

He played collegiately for Texas A&M where he was a starter all three years. He was the Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 1991 and was a first-team freshman All-America. He was first-team All-SWC in 1992 after making 56 tackles, including 4.5 sacks. In his junior year, 1993, he led the team in tackles for loss (13), sacks (10.5), forced fumbles (5), and fumble recoveries (3), while making 78 tackles.

That year, he was a consensus first-team All-America and was named national defensive player of the year by "Sports Illustrated". He was the Southwest Conference defensive player of the year as well as the runner-up for the Lombardi Award.

He finished his Texas A&M career with 169 total tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 20.5 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 2 interceptions.

He was also was a member of the Texas A&M track team, throwing the shot and discus and for his accomplishments on the track and on the gridiron, Adams was inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 2001.

NFL career

Adams was selected in the 1st round (8th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1994 NFL Draft. He made several starts during his rookie year, splitting time between defensive tackle and defensive end. In his second season, he sacked Mark Brunell of the Jacksonville Jaguars for a safety, scoring his first points of his professional career. He also blocked a field goal in overtime against the Arizona Cardinals. He played several more years for Seattle, making the AFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate in 1997. In 2000 he signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens, and helped lead the most dominating defense in the league to a victory at Super Bowl XXXV. That season he was also named as a starter to the Pro Bowl for the first time, a feat he would repeat the following season.

In 2002 he was a free agent once again, and this time he signed with the Oakland Raiders. He started 14 of the 16 games that season, missing one due to injury and played in the other game he did not start. He led his team to Super Bowl XXXVII; unfortunately, the result was not the same, as the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 2003, Adams signed with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent and helped anchor the defensive line there. His first game for Buffalo was a memorable one, as he registered a sack, two tackles, and an interception against Tom Brady that was returned for a touchdown (his second career TD). He was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2003 for the second time in his career.

On March 1, 2006 Adams was released by the Bills because of salary cap issues.

On March 31, 2006 Adams signed a three year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Joining the Bengals has reunited Adams with Marvin Lewis, who was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens when Adams played for them and is now Cincinnati's head coach.

In what Lewis called "a very difficult decision", the Bengals released Adams on May 14, 2007. "But the timing is such that it provides Sam the opportunity to obtain a roster spot with another team [ [ The Enquirer - This article is no longer available ] ] ." Dead link|date=July 2008

That other team would end up being the Denver Broncos, whom Adams officially signed with on June 4, 2007. Adams was released on December 4, 2007.


Adams is married to Erika with two sons, Sam and Terin, and a daughter, Tea Alexis. His father, Sam Adams Sr., played guard in the NFL for the New England Patriots (1972-1980) and New Orleans Saints (1981).

Adams was also the owner of the Everett Hawks of the arenafootball2 (af2), and he also owned an af2 team in Cincinnati, Ohio called the Cincinnati Jungle Kats that played one season in 2007.

Adams is nicknamed "The Man Mountain".

Notes and references

External links

* [ Denver Broncos bio]
* [ Texas A&M All-Americans]

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