National Scouting Combine Featured Athlete Anthony Sams Jr from Campbellsville

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Anthony Sams Jr | Campbellsville University | DE/MLB 

Twitter: @anthonysams14 | Instagram: @salute_2aareal1

Q: Tell us about your sports career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like?

A: I started playing football in 7th grade at Pierce middle school then went to Merrillville High and made All state All conference as a DE. The recruiting process was very interesting considering that I wanted to really go to school out of state. I considered schools in Kentucky and Tennessee. I had many recruits from Indiana and Illinois interested in offering me to come play for them but it was all too close to home. 


Q: Did you play in college and if so, who did you play for? What was your experience like?

A: Yes, I played football at Campbellsville University in Kentucky, home of the tigers. My experience was pretty good. I got the chance to meet new friends in a new environment which felt like home away from home. I’ve seen and played with and got the chance to play at the next level with some talented guys. I didn’t have my family near so the bond that I grew with my team made me feel welcomed. If I could do it all over again I would.


Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: My biggest accomplishment in my football career was playing in a bowl game and getting a bowl ring freshman year. Also playing and starting all four years of college was also another one for the books. 


Q: What do you consider to be one of the most important things you learned from your coach(es)

A: The most important thing that I learned from my coaches here at CU is one how to be a respectful man of God. They helped me learn that there are things in life that get in the way on our journey but it is our responsibility as a man to take care of business and get the job done. They also taught me that if we desire to grow then we should put forth twice the effort in grinding and being consistent at working on things that transpire off the field. 


Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: My character and the ability to take leadership of the team, also the energy I bring to practice as well as game days are considered to be unmatched. I’m a very determined player who will give his  last to the game to get the assignment done. 



Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?

A: The most memorable play of my college career was playing against Lindsey Wilson strip-sacking their quarterback Cameron Dukes for my teammate Andrew Bennet to pick it up and run it back to our 5 yard line. The second best memory I had was playing against Georgetown University and scoring a safety off of a fumble recovery I created on their 4 yard line. 


Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how did you manage it?

A: My biggest challenge was battling injuries that occured my senior season. I broke my toe and fractured cartilage in my knee. The challenge was trying to stay healthy and fight through the pain and adversity. I managed it by going to the trainers twice, even three times a day. Doing rehab on my own time not just when I was expected to and doing extra mobility strength training. 



Q: Who was the best player you played against anytime during your career?

A: The best player I’ve played against was Cameron Dukes from Lindsey Wilson. The kid was almost untouchable, hardly ever being sacked through my college career. He’s one of the best mobile quarterbacks I had the chance to play against and definitely one of the toughest. 


Q: If you could compare yourself to any pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: If I could compare myself to any pro athlete I think it would be J.J.Watt because he is very versatile when it comes to the run and past game. He is capable of helping out with setting the edge and dropping back into coverage on special play calls allowing him to play pass pro.


Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?

A: I am a team player. I’ve learned that there is a time to be selfish and there is a time to be selfless when playing the game. Having effective communication and also listening to key details from what is asked of you is another one of my strengths. Most of all I am very coachable. All it takes is to turn one scout’s head. My work shows for itself rather than the words that come from my mouth. I prayed for this, trained for it mentally, physically, emotionally, so why not me?


Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?

A: Yes, I mentor kids back home at my high school, church, and to anyone I can spread my knowledge and wisdom to. I help out with my church a lot when I’m usually home by giving food and clothes to those in need. I would go to open fields and set up drills to have small groups of young men better themselves. Also, I motivate my peers and friends and challenge them to be better than the day before.   


Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?

A: I enjoy playing my game system online with my friends when I’m not playing football.


Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?

A:  If I could make a positive impact on all of society I would respect everyone equally and give divine wisdom by being who I am as a person. Some people in our society are lost and need guidance in the right direction. People tend to feel hopeless in the midst of not knowing what they want in life so speaking wisdom and encouraging them in a positive way may help.


Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: My mom has been the most influential person in my life. My mom has taught me many things but most of all she raised me to be a God fearing man. She made me believe that I can do whatever I want to do as long as I put God first and everything else after for with man all things are impossible but with him all things are possible. 


Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?

A: Something unique people would find interesting about is that I am a man of multiple talents. I can cut hair, sing, and become a health coach. 


Q: If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?

A: If I had another sport to play professionally in it would be track and field or rugby. 


Q: What is your dream job?

A: My dream job is to play for a professional team in the NFL or CFL. To continue playing  the sport that I love and displaying my talent to the world is what I desire most.


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