Sammy Watkins has been of huge significance to the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He plays as a wide receiver for the team and has recorded great achievements in the course of his professional career. The NFL payer started from his high school days to impress stakeholders in the game as well as his counterparts. He was drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills as fourth overall. Here is everything you need to know.
Sammy Watkins’ Early Life
He was born on June 14, 1993, in Fort Myers, Florida. Always inclined to the game of football, he started at a young age to play. At South Fort Myers High School where he attended, Sammy Watkins was a guru in different kind of sports including; basketball, track and field, and of course football. But he gained more recognition in football given his very impressive records.
Watkins recorded 133 catches for 2,997 yards and made 36 touchdowns in high school. One of his notable achievements at the time was leading his school team to the 3A state semifinals, however, they lost to Miami Norland. He was rated as a five-star recruit by Rivlas.com and was also rated as the third best receiver in the country.
Following his very impressive high school performance, Watkins got scholarship offers from more than four schools but opted to join Clemson University in 2010. He took the school team by storm as a freshman recording 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns. He grabbed the prestigious title of MVP at the 2014 Orange Bowl after he recorded 16 receptions for 227 yards that year.
Injury and Career Stats
Knowing he was more than ready to go pro, Sammy opted out of his senior year to participate in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was selected in the first round as the fourth overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 Draft. His excellence saw him go down as the first ever wide receiver picked by the team in the first round of NFL Draft since 2004. That same year, he signed a four-year $19.94 million contract with the team and had a whopping $12.8 million as signing bonus. He finished the 2014 season with 65 receptions on 982 yards, as well as six touchdown passes.
Watkins was greeted with a calf injury in the 2015 season causing him to play in only three out of the first five games. The NFL Player caught 25 passes for 314 yards and only one 100-yard receiving game in his first seven games due to his injury. But he strived to do better at the final six games finishing with 679 receiving yards on 35 catches, and six touchdowns.
Watkins was placed on injured reserve in the 2016 season after it was diagnosed that he had a bone fracture in his foot. He later became a free agent after the 2017 season. Watkins joined the Los Angeles Rams on trade in August 2017. The following year he joined the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year $48 million contract.
Sammy Watkins’ Draft Profile
We may waive aside the fact that Sammy was a renowned sprinter back in Florida where he was born, but we cannot help but keep in mind that the NFL player went down in history as the fourth first-year freshman in NCAA history to receive AP first-team All-America recognition.
This undoubtedly outweighs his brief backwardness after he sustained an injury on his right shoulder against the Wake Forest. Watkins’ tales of woe was on the increase when he was suspended for two games for having unprescribed marijuana and pills in his possession. From a more positive dimension, Watkins made a return for 60 kickoffs for 1,376 yards and also had a total returned punts 9-23 before his draft. At Clemson, he had 240 career receptions and 3,391 receiving yards.
Family Life – Wife, Kids & Siblings
He was born to his parents; Sammy Watkins III, his father and Nicole McMiller, his mother. Sammy has an older half-brother Jaylen Watkins who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers as a defensive back. The brothers who had all the support from their parents were drafted together at the 2014 NFL Draft though with 97 picks apart.
Watkins is a father of three beautiful girls whom he had with two different women. He is not married to any of his daughters’ mothers.