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Sam Graddy

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Position: Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-02-10) February 10, 1964 (age 56)
Place of birth: Gaffney, South Carolina
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Career information
High school: North Atlanta High School
College: University of Tennessee
NFL draft: 1987 / Round:  / Pick: 
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Samuel Louis ("Sam") Graddy III (born February 10, 1964) is a former American athlete and American football player, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Early years

Born in Gaffney, South Carolina, Sam Graddy was second in 100 m and was a member of gold medal winning American 4x100 m relay team at the 1983 Pan American Games.

Professional career

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 field

Sam Graddy
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for the 23x15px United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles 4x100 metres relay
Silver medal – second place 1984 Los Angeles 100 metres

Graddy was also a standout athlete. In 1984, he won the US National championships in 100 meters with a time of 10.08 seconds, and as a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student, he also won the NCAA 100 meters title.

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 bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 meters 6.63 Paris, France January 1, 1985
100 meters 10.08 Knoxville, Tennessee May 19, 1984
200 meters 20.30 Knoxville, Tennessee May 10, 1985