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Biography of Sam Darnold [Age, Height, Family, Girlfriend, Net Worth & Salary]



If you are a true NFL follower, you cannot really miss out on knowing this young and talented player.

Today, we are talking about the legendary Sam Darnold. And why are we calling him legendary? You will soon find out the information and facts described in this article.

To point out, Sam Darnold is an American football player for the  New York Jets of NFL. He has served there since the 2018 NFL draft as a quarterback. It will be a denial if we do not mention this above all.

Sam is the youngest quarterback to post a higher than 110 quarterback rating at the age of twenty-one in the history of the NFL.

Sam Darnold

We will discover all about him from his unuttered past to unfold achievements to date. But before that, let’s not delay and take a smart look at the easy and basic quick facts about the young quarterback, Sam Darnold.

Sam Darnold | Quick Facts

Full Name Samuel Richard Darnold
Birth Date June 5, 1997
Birth Place Dana Point, California
Nick Name Sam
Religion Christian
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education San Clemente, University of Southern California
Horoscope Gemini
Father’s Name Michael Darnold
Mother’sName Chris Darnold
Siblings Franki Darnold (older sister)
Age 25 Years Old
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Jersey No 14
Hair Color Light Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
NFL Draft 2018, Round:1, Pick:3
Build Athlete
Marital Status Single
Girlfriend Claire Kirksey
Position Quarterback
Profession NFL player
Net Worth $30 million
Salary $7,561,929 average annual salary
Currently Plays for New York Jets
League NFL
Active Since 2018-present
Social Media Instagram
Merch  Funko Pop, Jersey & Rookie Card
Last Update June, 2022

Sam Darnold | Early Life

Sam was born on June 5, 1997, to his parents Michael Darnold and Chris Darnold, in Dane Point, California.

He grew up alongside his sister, Franki, who is older than him. A quick, interesting fact, he was an early entrant in his life. He was born two weeks before the specified date weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Sam’s father wanted to call him back, but certainly, that did not happen. As a child, Sam used to play different sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and taekwondo.

The sole reason behind this was his parents wished him to be versatile and energetic.

Nevertheless, his parents never pressured him to choose a specific sport. Sam was free to play according to his will. He was always grounded in the right way.

Sam and his sister, Franki, gelled along quite well. They used to watch “Spongebob Square Pants’, the cartoon. He then watched ESPN with his father. He began playing basketball when he was just five.

Family Circle

Undoubtedly, Sam was brought up by a complete athletic family. Sam’s father, Michael, served as an offensive lineman at the University of Redlands in California.

Sam’s mother, Chris, played volleyball at Long Beach City College. And, currently, she serves as a physical education teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School.

His older sister Frankie is also a volleyball player at the University of Rhode Island.

With his mother

His grandfather, Dick Hammer, died when he was two. Dick was a basketball player at USC, a Marlboro man in cigarette advertisements in the 1960s and 1970s.

He did not smoke, though, and ended his contract with the ad campaign when the managers put warning labels on cigarette packets.

He also played the character of Captain Hammer in the series “Emergency!”.

Sam Darnold | High School Career

Sam went to San Clemente High School in California. For his fresh year, he played baseball and later played both basketball and football.

He played basketball exceptionally well that led him to win South Coast League Most Valuable Player twice. He was also titled to the California Interscholastic Federation team initially.

According to his basketball coach Marc Popovich, his basketball skills played the main role in turning him into a football defensive player.

Sam touched the opportunity to play as a college basketball player in Pac-12 Conference or Mountain West Conference.

As a sophomore, Sam divulged into a football player. He got to play a quarterback first as his team’s starting quarterback was injured.

He became an alleged quarterback when he successfully broke the record for the most touchdown passes.

Sam could not play that spontaneously in his junior year as he suffered a foot injury. For his senior year, he successfully participated in the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division championship game.

Sam summed up his high school career with 39 touchdowns, 3000 passing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, and 800 rushing yards.

Additionally,, a four-star recruit, rated him as the eighth-best dual-threat quarterback in his class and 179th best player.

He established himself as a good player to an extent where San Clemente head football coach Jaime Ortiz asked him to provide a video of basketball tournaments.

Sam Darnold | College Career

After observing his multi-sport personality, many universities such as  Oregon, Utah, Northwestern, and Duke offered him scholarships.

Further, Clay Helton and Steve Sarkisian, USC coaches, became the helping hand and led him a scholarship to play for Trojans.

Well, for the first year at college, Sam was redshirted. His first game was against the Utah Utes but unfortunately lost to it.

We can say he conquered it all when he captured five touchdown passes in consecutive games and became the first quarterback in college history to do so.

Sam was entitled to the Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in the  2016 Pac-12 Conference.

Not only that, he participated in the 2017 Rose Bowl for USC. He was honored with the  Archie Griffin Award and was entitled to the Freshman All-America team.

Moreover, Sam became an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy. He also led his team to win over the 2017 Stanford Cardinal team, Texas Longhorns.

He headed his team to the Pac-12 Conference championship and earned a final position in the 2017 Cotton Bowl.

Sam Darnold | Professional Career

The New York Jets drafted him in the first round, with the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft. Sam agreed to a four-year contract worth $30.25 million.

Not to mention, Sam was entitled the starter for Week 1 when he played in the first preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons and led to a 17-0 win.

Along with his team, he faced tough competitions against the Detroit Lions, the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos.

Sam missed three games due to a foot injury, but he returned to action in Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.

Similarly, he has been playing on and on for the Jets to the date. Most details can be viewed on Wikipedia itself.

Comments on Sam Darnold

Since there is a saying, every coin has two sides. Similarly, life has also stored some good phases and bad phases for us. Let’s check out what good and bad comments highlighted Sam’s career.

During a match against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Sam lost a fumble throwing four interceptions.

Well, there might be his reasons for not able to handle that ball, but that turned out into a certain act of mockery by the rival team fans.

This happened when NFL films caught a sound bite where ESPN commented on Darnold as “seeing ghosts.” Precisely, because he was seen struggling during the game.

Moving on to some good talks about the man. However, Sam was not recognized as a running quarterback.

But hell yeah, the most scrutinized ability in him, he was able to throw the ball on the run. He was speedy as heck that helped him to escape pressure.  Henceforth, people also called him “gunslinger.”

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Here are some of Sam Darnold’s career-best throws:

Sam Darnold | Awards and Achievements

  • He was a First-team All-Pac-12 for the year 2017.
  • He won the Rose Bowl Champion in 2017.
  • Sam was the winner of the Archie Griffin Award for the year 2016.
  • He also grabbed the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2016.

Sam Darnold | Jersey

Sam Darnold wore jersey number 14 for the Carolina Panthers of NFL. Here’s a picture of Darnold wearing his Panthers jersey:

Sam Darnold | Personal Life

Coming to his personal life, Well, Sam is not married yet but is already mingled with someone. The lucky girl is Claire Kirksey. They have been dating together since September 2017.

Claire went to the University of Southern California. Of course, that makes sense where they actually met and fell in love.

She lives in  Huntington Beach, California, and also played softball in school. She was seen cheering for Sam at USC. The duo was also spotted having fun at a concert in 2018 in Los Angeles.

However, a question still pops up.

Are they still dating?

Good, question but we really cannot bet the fact if they are still together as the news of their separation was suddenly evacuated by the New York Post out of nowhere back in November 2019.

A quick fact again, which is not mentioned in the table, though, before Claire, Sam was found to be in a relationship with Summer, the girl from his high school. She now studies at San Diego State.

Keeping this dating info aside, Sam being a hunk, does not have any tattoo on his body or any piercings. He also doesn’t pose shirtless often.

Sam Darnold sidelined after Mono Diagnosis

And we guess you must be reading the subheadline right. Yes, Sam was diagnosed with mono diseases, commonly known as the kissing disease.

He hasn’t kissed, though. But yes, he is suffering from a disease called mononucleosis, which is caused by sharing food, drinks, utensils, or any material that comes in touch with people’s saliva.

That’s something strange and mostly unheard of again except for the medical scholars.

Watch him talk about the mono diagnosis.

Sam Darnold | Net Worth

Sam was an early entrant as a quarterback in the NFL for the New York Jets. Since then, he has been accumulating best for the Jets. He was the one to set the youngest quarterback sensation trend in the NFL.

It will be a waste if we doubt his agility. He knows his goals seriously. Sam has been living a healthy and wealthy life.

He is often spotted hanging out with his friends for sports or some adventure tours. Scrolling through his Insta profile might give you travel goals for sure.

Furthermore, talking about his contracts and salary, New York Jets pay him an annual average salary of $7,561,929 with a $20,078,338 signing bonus, according to

Other than that,

Sam Darnold is estimated to have an accumulated net worth of around $30 million as of 2020.

Sam Darnold | Seeing Ghosts Comment

To Sam Darnold, seeing ghosts comment is straight up and makes him feel better in a rough day.

Sam Darnold | Social Media Presence

Talking about social media presence, Sam is quite finite. He can be caught only on Instagram with 205k followers and 237 posts.

He keeps posting about his travel stories, random adventure trips, pictures with teammates, or any sort of sport-related videos but never bores his followers.

The link to his Instagram handle is @samdarnold.How about giving him a quick follow?

Common Queries about Sam Darnold

How much did Sam Darnold get at Madden’s rating?

Sam Darnold was rated 71 by the Madden rating.

What does Christian McCaffrey have to say about Sam Darnold?

Christian McCaffrey, in an interview, praised Sam Darnold’s leadership abilities. He said that Darnold knows how to get the best out of everybody.

What is Sam Darnold’s dynasty rank?

Sam Darnold’s dynasty rank is #28.

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