James Sample (American football)

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James Sample
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Sample with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-23) June 23, 1992 (age 27)
Sacramento, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Grant Union
(Sacramento, California)
College:Washington, Louisville
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles:15
Forced fumbles:0
Pass deflections:1
Player stats at NFL.com

James Sample (born June 23, 1992) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Washington and Louisville, and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Sample attended Grant Union High School in Sacramento, California, where he was teammates with Viliami Moala and Shaq Thompson on the football team. As a junior, he was named first-team All-Metro and a PrepStar All-American as he helped lead Grant to a 12-1 record, totaling 111 tackles. He recorded 109 tackles as a senior at Grant, being named a high school All-American and was voted to participate in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl. He was also named first-team All-CIF San Joaquin Section, first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee, first-team All-Delta Valley Conference, and first-team All-NorCal by NorCalPreps.com. He was dubbed a third-team All-state performer by ESPN.com in 2011.

Also a standout in track & field Sample was a state qualifier sprinter. At Grant Union High School, he posted personal-best times of 11.1 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 23.37 seconds in the 200-meter dash. He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m squad.

He was rated by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit.[1] He committed to the University of Washington to play college football.

College career[edit]

Sample attended Washington from 2011 to 2012. After playing in five games over two years, Sample left Washington and transferred to American River College.[2] After one year at American River College, he transferred to the University of Louisville in 2014.[3][4] He played in 13 games, recording 90 tackles and four interceptions. After the season, he entered the 2015 NFL Draft, forgoing his senior year.[5][6]

Professional career[edit]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Sample was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the 104th overall pick.[7] He played in four games with two starts his rookie year before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 4, keeping him out the rest of the season. On August 30, 2016, Sample was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.[8] On August 6, 2017, Sample was released by the Jaguars.[9]

Washington Redskins[edit]

On January 1, 2018, Sample signed a reserve/future contract with the Washington Redskins.[10] He was released on April 30, 2018.[11]


  1. ^ Rivals.com
  2. ^ Ex-Husky James Sample a 'sleeper' at NFL combine
  3. ^ Louisville football adds safety James Sample
  4. ^ Louisville adds former Washington safety
  5. ^ U of L safety Sample to declare for NFL draft
  6. ^ Louisville's James Sample to apply for early entry into 2015 draft
  7. ^ Oehser, John (May 2, 2015). "15 NFL Draft: Jaguars select Sample at No. 104". Jaguars.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Oehser, John. "James Sample on injured reserve". Jaguars.com.
  9. ^ "Jaguars Sign Safety Jeron Johnson". Jaguars.com. August 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Redskins Sign 11 Players To Reserve/Future Contracts". Redskins.com. January 1, 2018. Archived from the original on January 3, 2018.
  11. ^ Williams, Charean. "Washington cuts six players, including A.J. Francis, Montori Hughes". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved April 30, 2018.

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