CHRIS TIAN SAM ALWAYS FOLLOWED the lead of his older brother, Prince, on the football field growing up. Prince told Christian to start playing in first grade, and Christian started playing.
Prince told Christian to move to the defensive
side of the ball in fourth grade, and Christian
became a defensive back. Prince went off
to play college football at Houston Baptist in
2012, and Christian vowed to play college football when his time comes.
“My brother has a whole bunch to do with
my football career,” says Christian Sam, an Al-
len High senior. “He took me to the defensive
side of the ball, taught me the rules, taught me
about hitting. I picked it up as I went.”
The hitting probably came the easiest for
Sam, as he spent his freshman and sophomore
seasons following in his brother’s footsteps
in the defensive backfield. Then came Sam’s
junior year, when he grew to 6-foot- 1 and 210
pounds. He moved to outside linebacker and
became a one-man wrecking crew.
“I just kind of grew,” Sam says. “I tried to get
bigger my whole life, and then all of the sudden
I started growing.”
With the speed of a defensive back and
physical prowess of a defensive lineman, Sam
made tackles from sideline to sideline at out-
side linebacker. He flashed the ability to rush
the passer or drop in coverage against running
backs or tight ends.
“Linebacker is great because you don’t have
to choose when to hit somebody,” Sam says.
“You can do it whenever you want. You just fly
around and hit people.”
Sam uses film study to make sure he is pur-
suing properly on game day. He works with two
personal trainers in the area in hopes that he’ll
continue to grow and avoid injury in pursuit of
an NFL career.
“I have really big dreams,” Sam says. “I’ve
always wanted to play college and in the NFL.
There’s such a slim chance that someone gets
to do it, so I’m doing what nobody else is willing
to do to get there.”
With more than 20 scholarship offers at his
choosing, Sam is now trying to decide if he’ll
maintain his weight and play safety in college,
or continue to add muscle so he can stay at
“I can play either one,” Sam says. “I can be
versatile. That’s what I’ve always been, and I’ll
continue to develop my fundamentals to make
my team better.”
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