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Sam Mills’ wife: There can no better place for him to rest than the Hall of Fame

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Sam Mills, who died of cancer in 2005 at age 45, was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. He was introduced by his widow Melanie Mills.

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“There can be no better place for him to rest than the Hall of Fame,” Melanie Mills said.

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Mills played in 181 games between the Saints and Panthers, for a total of 1,265 tackles, 23 fumble recoveries, 22 forced fumbles, 20.5 sacks, and 11 interceptions. He was also part of the first four playoff teams in Saints history and the first in Panthers history.

He overcame the stigma that he was too short at 5’9″ and 229 pounds. Major colleges didn’t hire him, so he played in Division III Montclair State. The Browns signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1981 and then fired him, as did the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 1982.

It wasn’t until the USFL gave him a chance that he proved he was big enough, strong enough, and good enough to play pro football.

“The story of Sam Mills is the story of a man who was told he wasn’t good enough to play football,” Melanie Mills said. “Then he was not big enough to play professional football. At the age of 27 (when he joined the NFL from USFL), he was not young enough for the NFL. However, today we are celebrating.

“That’s because Sam worked harder than his peers. He took everything he had. He became a legend, but he never forgot that he was only human.”



Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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