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Christian Sam (born June 7, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arizona State.

Christian Sam
No. 44 – New England Patriots
Personal information
Born: (1996-06-07) June 7, 1996 (age 22)
Allen, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Allen (Allen, Texas)
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Sam attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas, where he played opposite of high school quarterback sensation Kyler Murray and led Allen to state championships in 2012 and 2013. He committed to play football for the Arizona State Sun Devils in August 2013, choosing the Sun Devils over schools such as Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech among others.[1]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman in 2014, Sam played in all 13 of Arizona State's games, tallying 16 tackles, one interception, one sack, and one pass deflection.[2]

In 2015, as a sophomore, Sam became a full-time starter and once again appeared in all 13 games, posting 97 tackles (6.5 for loss), one interception, three sacks, two pass deflections, and two forced fumbles.[3]

Sam suffered a season-ending foot injury in Arizona State's first game of the 2016 season.[4] He elected to take a medical redshirt.

As a redshirt junior in 2017, Sam played in 12 games and lead the Sun Devils with 127 tackles. He also tallied one interception, 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one pass deflection, and one forced fumble.[5] After the season, he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.75 s 1.63 s 2.74 s 4.20 s 7.03 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 6 in
(2.90 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Draft[7][8]

New England PatriotsEdit

The New England Patriots selected Sam in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[9] On September 1, 2018, Sam was placed on the team's injured reserve.[10]


  1. ^ "Christian Sam to ASU: 3-star LB commits to Sun Devils". Arizona's Family. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Christian Sam 2014 Player Statistics". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Christian Sam 2015 Player Statistics". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Without Christian Sam, ASU not clicking at linebacker". az central. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Christian Sam 2017 Player Statistics". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "ASU Football: Christian Sam declares for NFL Draft". House of Sparky. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Christian Sam". March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "Arizona State ILB Christian Sam : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 NFL draft: Patriots select LB Christian Sam with the 178th overall pick. He had a dope pick against the Eagles in the Patriots second preseason game of the 2018 season". April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Patriots Announce Roster Cutdown". September 1, 2018.

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