August 18, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Chad Sam

Chad Sam is a 6’0” 190 lbs. linebacker for Northwest High School in Opelousas, Louisiana. Chad had a dominating performance during the Louisiana Gridiron Football All-Star Bowl. He made 1 of the 4 interceptions in the game. His speed and field awareness made him unstoppable during the game.


How long have you been playing football and what got you started playing?

I’ve been playing football since I was eight years old. My step dad played football, so we’ve just been a sports family my whole life.


What has football taught you about life?

Football taught me you have to work hard for everything you want.


Is there a college or pro player you model your game after?

I model my game after Ray Lewis.


What about ray’s game is similar to the way you play?

Ray and I are both team leaders. We are both mean and we hit hard when we fill a hole.


Where do you see football taking you in the future?

Football is everything to me. When I go to college I want to major in Kinesiology and hopefully come back to Opelousas and be a football coach.


What is the strong point of your game?

My technique. For my high school, I play defensive end, but I am a linebacker’s size, so I have to use my technique to beat bigger offensive linemen. I have to be quicker and smarter than the guy across from me.


What will you bring to a college program that will make you special?

I’m a good kid. I’m a leader. I do all the right things when nobody is looking and I will work hard in everything I do.


How would you describe yourself as a football player in one word?