Sam was a fifth-round selection of the New England Patriots in the recent NFL draft. While Sam didn't mask his disappointment following the draft, he also displayed his determination in looking to prove the critics wrong.
Sam is currently participating in the Patriots' mini-camp.Sam is also using quarterback Tom Brady as motivation -- Brady was a sixth-round selection coming out of college. He's now considered one of the league's top quarterbacks after leading New England to a Super Bowl victory.
"I'm just trying to show what I can do and make the team just like all the rookies," Sam said.
"Wherever you were drafted, you still have to make the team. They play the best players here. I never met Tom Brady, but I know he was a sixth round pick and when he was the better quarterback, he played. That's how they win around here. I don't think there's a better place to be right now than with this team, especially as a receiver."
Sam finished last season with 50 receptions for 735 yards and five scores. He said he talked with family as well as FSU coach Bobby Bowden before making his decision to enter the NFL draft.
Sam caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Rix in the final minute against Florida.
Sam entered his junior year with 24 career receptions for 320 yards and two scores. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sam earned the offensive award for most dependable receiver following spring practice in 2002. He also has battled injuries during his career and was hampered by a hamstring injury the second half of his sophomore season.
"He (Bowden) was upset with me because he thinks I haven't reached my potential....but there are a lot of things in the offense where we are not showing our capability and I don't want to sit for another developing year," Sam said prior to the draft.
"I had to make a decision and I made it and it's over with."