|Born:||January 12, 1971|
Hamlet, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||278 lb (126 kg)|
|High school:||Richmond County (NC)|
|NFL Draft:||1995 / Round: 7 / Pick: 236|
|Career highlights and awards
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Oscar Lee Sturgis (born January 12, 1971) is a former professional American football Defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins. He played college football at the University of North Carolina.
Sturgis attended Richmond County High School, where he helped his team win a pair of Class 4-A state titles in 1988 and 1989, with a perfect 30-0 record over those two years. As a junior, he tallied 32 receptions for 673 yards and 6 touchdowns at tight end.
In 1990, he accepted a football scholarship to play at the University of North Carolina, but was ruled academically ineligible. Rather than enrolling as a Proposition 48 student, he opted to attend Fork Union Military Academy until qualifying the next year. As a freshman, he missed the first 3 contests with a knee infection, before returning to play in the remaining 9 games.
Sturgis was a backup to tight end Greg DeLong, playing mainly on special teams and making only one reception for 14 yards. He was converted into an outside linebacker and defensive end as a junior, becoming a starter, while registering 33 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback pressures and one fumble returned for a touchdown.
As a senior, he posted 39, tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, 9 passes defensed, one interception returned for a touchdown and 3 fumble recoveries. Against Texas Christian University he had 2 tackles for loss, one sack, 4 quarterback pressures and 2 passes defensed. Against Tulane University he made 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 passes defensed and a 10-yard interception return for a touchdown, receiving ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Against Clemson University he had a career-high 11 tackles (7 solo), 2 tackles for loss and one quarterback pressure.
Sturgis was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was de-activated for the first 13 contests of the season, until Charles Haley underwent back surgery. He was activated for the last 3 games of the season and saw his first professional game action in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. He was again declared inactive during the playoffs and was a part of the team that won Super Bowl XXX. The next year he was moved to defensive tackle and was waived on August 25, 1996.
Green Bay Packers
On December 18, 1996, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins and was inactive for the last game of the season. He was allocated to the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football in 1997, registering 26 tackles and 2 sacks. He was cut on August 18, 1997.
Los Angeles Avengers
On May 6, 2004, he signed as a free agent with the Georgia Force. He retired at the end of the year, after playing seven seasons in the AFL, finishing with 38 tackles, 3 sacks, 26 pass defensed, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, one interception and 9 receptions for 95 yards.
- "Tar Hells Lose Thomas, Sturgis To Test Scores". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1734&dat=19900714&id=-zYeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wb4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3630,1332664. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Richmond Co. star tops all-state team". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19891215&id=7HpOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hRQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4610,6601498. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Wolfpack Lands Vaunted Recruits". http://www.greensboro.com/wolfpack-lands-vaunted-recruits/article_db475157-5555-5afe-b7d6-720f67393db1.html. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Greg Delong Integral Part Of Tar Heels' Football Team". http://articles.mcall.com/1993-02-11/news/2903216_1_carolina-blue-tar-heels-college-football. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Unc Defensive Duo Stands In Fsu's Way". http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1994-09-23/sports/9409220749_1_fsu-and-carolina-oscar-sturgis-jones-quotes. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Prime Time Does It All". http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1996/Prime-Time-Does-It-All/id-57e1a23f05fbbaef8c321e6b5221b803. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Green Bay Replaces Retired Ruettgers". http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-12-05/sports/9612050298_1_ken-ruettgers-dance-super-bowl. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Packers Waive Sturgis, Sign Hayes". http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1996/Packers-waive-Sturgis-sign-Hayes/id-00a76ec4cdf9222b2e997f3318661eb4. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "McPhail Placed on IR". http://www.phins.com/news96/News_9612190922.html. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "First Free Agent Offer Made". http://www.phins.com/news97/News_9702201413.html. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Daniels, Young Among Dolphins Cuts". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19970819&id=d_AvAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QP0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6851,6027377. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Panthers". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2519&dat=19980811&id=C7JdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=w10NAAAAIBAJ&pg=5446,1110915. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Carolina Cuts FB Greene". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1876&dat=19980824&id=wz8fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=r88EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6095,5313712. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Arena Football League Transactions". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 25, 2002. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/arena-football-league-transactions/n-1963951. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
- "L.A. Avengers Sign AFL Veteran Lineman Oscar Sturgis". http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/l-a-avengers-sign-afl-veteran-lineman-oscar-sturgis/n-1994061. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "Georgia Force Makes Roster Moves". http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/georgia-force-makes-roster-moves/n-3031843. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
- "South Georgia Wildcats Game Notes". http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/south-georgia-wildcats-game-notes/n-3182256. Retrieved February 19, 2017.