Sam Scarber
No. 30     
Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-06-24) June 24, 1949 (age 71)
Place of birth: St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
College: New Mexico
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 1971)*
Career highlights and awards
* All-WAC (1970)
Games played     25
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Sam Willis Scarber (June 24, 1949) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers. He played college football at the University of New Mexico and was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (69th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Scarber was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended John O'Fallon Technical High School. He moved on to play at Northeastern Junior College, before transferring to the University of New Mexico, where the team used a triple-option running offense.

In 1968, he registered the school's second longest pass play (88 yards) against the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1969, he was the team's leading rusher (534 yards) and had a school record 38 carries against Kansas University.[1]

In 1970, the team led the nation averaging 350 rushing yards per game and he was the conference's leading rusher (961 yards with a 5.2 average). He set season school records in scoring (78 points), touchdowns (13) and received All-WAC honors.

He finished his college career as the school's second all-time career rusher (1,531 yards) behind Don Perkins. He also practiced basketball.

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]

Scarber was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (69th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft. He was waived on August 31.[2]

Los Angeles Rams[edit | edit source]

He signed with the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent on September 2 1971.[3] He was waived on September 16.[4]

Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)[edit | edit source]

The Edmonton Eskimos signed him before the start of their training camp in 1972. He was limited physically during the season, after separating both shoulders in different incidents. He was waived on July 27, 1973.[5]

Detroit Wheels (WFL)[edit | edit source]

In 1974, he signed with the Detroit Wheels of the World Football League, where he was the starter at running back and their leading rusher with 606 yards (4.4 average). The Wheels were the first WFL franchise to fold in 1974. The league held a dispersal draft for their players and he was selected by the Southern California Sun.

San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]

On June 20, 1975, the San Diego Chargers signed him to serve as a backup running back.[6] He was waived on August 29, 1977.[7]

Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

In 1978, he was signed by the Oakland Raiders. He was released on August 16.

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Television appearances[edit | edit source]

On Cheers, Scarber played the role of Lewis, one of Cliff's co-workers at the post office. On "Santa Barbara" Scarber played Zachary Terry, the robber who attacked Eden Capwell and took Alice Jackson, Caroline Wilson and Lionel Lockridge as hostages.

Film appearances[edit | edit source]

After supporting roles in Against All Odds (1984), Sam played arm wrestler Harry Boscoe in the 1987 Sylvester Stallone film Over The Top. He has since appeared in small roles in many television shows and movies.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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