Know About Sam Darnold; NFL, Age, Girlfriend, Stats, Contract, Salary

Published Date: 13 Sep, 2019 Updated date: 13 Sep, 2019 By Celebs Podium

Well, the recent injury sucks the New York Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold. The young NFL player could be out for four to six weeks after being diagnosed with mononucleosis on 12 September 2019.

Sam Darnold is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California for three-season, starting from 2015.

Sam Darnold Bio; Parents, Education, Height, Weight

Samuel Richard Darnold was born on 5 June 1997 to parents Michael Darnold and Chris Darnold. He grew up in Capistrano Beach, California with older sister Franki Darnold, a college volleyball player at the University of Rhode Island.

Darnold pursued his high school education at San Clemente High School in San Clemente, California. Afterward, he got a scholarship from the University of Southern California to play college football. He stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 meters) and his listed weight is 225 lbs (102 kg).

His Career; College, NFL, Stats

Sam used to play both football and basketball while in high school. He played for the USC Trojans football for three seasons from 2015 to 2017.


Sam Darnold’s NFL career stats (Picture: NFL)

Darnold was selected in the first round, with the third overall selection by the New York Jets of the 2018 NFL Draft.  He made his NFL debut in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in August 2018. Sam made highest completion percentage by a rookie quarterback in a single season in 2018.

Contract & Salary

Sam penned a four-year rookie contract with the Jets, worth $30.25 million in July 2018. It includes a $20,078,338 signing bonus, $30,247,715 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $7,561,929.

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He will earn a base salary of $570,000 in 2019 and a roster bonus of $1,284,895 while carrying a cap hit of $6,874,479 and a dead cap value of $24,748,130.

Who Is Sam Darnold’s Girlfriend?

The 22-year-old is currently dating a beautiful lady named Claire Kirksey. The couple has been dating since 2016 after meeting in the University.


Sam Darnold with his girlfriend Claire Kirksey (Picture: Sam’s Instagram)

Claire was a softball player, who hails from Huntington Beach, California. She is a student of Cal State University. Both of them does not feet bashful to post their pictures on their respective social media sites. Before Claire, he dated a lady named Summer Thompson.

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Some Interesting Facts About Sam Darnold

  • His father was an Offensive Lineman at the University of Redlands and his mother was a volleyball player at Long Beach City College. Similarly, his grandfather Dick Hammer played volleyball in the 1964 Olympics and made the Final Four with USC’s basketball team in 1954.
  • Sam was named South Coast League Most Valuable Player while in high school.
  • He holds the NFL record as the youngest quarterback to post a quarterback rating higher than 110 — 116.8 rating at 21 years, 97 days old.
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