Sam Graddy
No. 83, 85     
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-02-10) February 10, 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth: Gaffney, South Carolina
Career information
College: University of Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: / Pick:
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 1987 1988)
Career highlights and awards
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Samuel Louis Graddy III (born February 10, 1964) is an American former athlete and American football player, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Early yearsEdit

Born in Gaffney, South Carolina, Sam Graddy was second in the 100 m and was a member of gold medal winning American 4 × 100 m relay team at the 1983 Pan American Games.

Professional careerEdit

After graduating from university, Graddy was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1987 NFL Draft. He played seasons 1987 and 1988, and signed with the Los Angeles Raiders, where he played from 1990 to 1992. During his Raider career Graddy was blasted by Raider fans for dropping too many passes and since the Raider coaches also realized this his playing time was reduced. In 1991, he scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass against the Houston Oilers.

Track and fieldEdit

Medal record
Men's athletics
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Gold 1984 Los Angeles 4x100 metres relay
Silver 1984 Los Angeles 100 metres
Pan American Games
Gold 1983 Caracas 4×100 metres relay
Silver 1983 Caracas 100 metres

Graddy was also a standout track athlete. In 1984, he won the US National championships in 100 meters with a time of 10.28 seconds, and as a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student, he also won the NCAA 100 meters title.[1][2]

At the Los Angeles Olympics, Graddy was second behind Carl Lewis in 100 m and ran the first leg in the American 4 x 100 metres relay team, which won the gold medal with a new world record of 37.83 seconds.

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.63 Paris, France January 1, 1985
100 meters 10.09 Baton Rouge, Louisiana May 12, 1984
200 meters 20.30 Knoxville, Tennessee May 10, 1985

References Edit

Template:Footer Pan American Champions 4x100m Men

Template:Footer US NC 100m Men

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