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Johnny Sample

Johnny Sample (Pro football.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 1937; died, Philadelphia, PA, Apr. 25, 2005.)  A flashy defensive back who played the last three years of his career (1966-68) with the Jets, John Sample had a key interception in the Jets’ Super Bowl III upset.  Sample thought about retirement before the 1968 season but starred in the secondary with seven interceptions and played his final game in the Super Bowl.  His career began in Baltimore in 1958, where he played on two N.F.L. championship teams (1958, 1959) under Weeb Ewbank (q.v.), his future Jets coach.  Sample was also with Pittsburgh (1961-62) and Washington (1963-65).

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