Greg Sampson

Greg Sampson
No. 91, 73
Date of birth (1950-10-25) October 25, 1950
Place of birth Bellingham, Washington
Career information
Position(s) Offensive Tackle
College Stanford
NFL draft 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick 6
Career history
As player
19721979 Houston Oilers
Career stats

Ralph Gregory Sampson (born October 25, 1950 in Bellingham, Washington) is a former professional American football player.

College and professional career

Sampson graduated from Stanford University in 1972, where he starred as a defensive end, playing on two Rose Bowl-winning teams (1971 and 1972).

Sampson grew up in Long Beach, California and graduated in 1968 from Millikan High School, where he first joined the football team his junior year as the kicker.

In 1972, he was drafted in the first round by the Houston Oilers as a defensive end. In 1974, he switched to offensive tackle and steadily improved, until he became second team ALL-AFC in 1978. But then during a 1979 pre-season drill with his teammates, his helmet was struck and a blood clot in the brain developed. A surgical intervention removed it, probably saving his life, but he could no longer play and retired after the 1979 season.

In 2010, Sampson was voted by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times as the Houston Oilers best offensive lineman in the history of the team.

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