Sanford is an experienced safety who has seen significant action for three teams since entering the NFL in 2009 as a seventh round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings. He’s played in 95 career games with 46 starts for the Vikings, Washington Redskins and the Saints with career totals of 328 tackles (228 solo), one sack, three interceptions, 15 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 57 special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble.
NFL CAREER – Sanford is an experienced safety who has seen significant action for three teams since entering the NFL in 2009 as a seventh round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings. He’s played in 95 career games with 46 starts for the Vikings, Washington Redskins and the Saints with career totals of 328 tackles (228 solo), one sack, three interceptions, 15 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 57 special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a one-year contract, 3/17/16; Re-signed to a one-year contract, 3/6/15; Signed by New Orleans, 11/12/14; Waived by Washington, 10/26/14; Signed by Washington, 9/29/14; Waived by Minnesota, 9/8/14; Placed on injured reserve by Minnesota, 8/30/14; Re-signed by Minnesota to a two-year contract, 3/14/13; Signed by Minnesota to a four-year contract, 6/22/09; Selected in the seventh-round (231st overall) by Minnesota in the 2009 NFL Draft.
2015 – Played in all 16 games in his first full season as a Saint and totaled nine tackles (six solo), one interception, one pass defensed and nine special teams stops…Played on defense and special teams in the team’s opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, posting two stops (one solo)…Saw action on defense and on special teams, recording three defensive stops at Philadelphia, Oct. 11…Saw time on special teams, recording one tackle vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15…Played on specials teams at Indianapolis, Oct. 25, and posted one tackle…Saw time on defense and on special teams, making one special teams tackle vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1…Played primarily on special teams, registering two coverage stops at Washington, Nov. 15…Posted one assisted tackle while playing on special teams at Houston, Nov. 29…Saw action on defense and on special teams vs. Carolina, Dec. 6, and made one assisted tackle…Played on defense and on special teams, recording one solo tackle vs. Detroit, Dec. 21…Saw time on defense and special teams and made two coverage tackles vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27…Saw action on defense and special teams in the team’s season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, and made three tackles (two solo), an interception late in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal and one pass defensed. The interception was his first as a Saint and the third of his career. 2014 – Appeared in three games for Washington and posted two special teams tackles before signing with the Saints at midseason and playing in six contests with two starts, where he posted 15 tackles (nine solo) and two special teams stops…Inactive vs. Atlanta, Dec. 21 with a hamstring injury…Made his debut as a Saint vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 16 and played primarily on special teams...Played on both defense and special teams vs. Baltimore, Nov. 24 and notched his first coverage tackle as a Saint…Started at Chicago, Dec. 15 and posted five tackles (two solo) and one special teams stop...Started and made 10 stops (seven solo) at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28. 2013 – In 13 games for Minnesota, all of which he started, Sanford posted 79 tackles (59 solo), two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three special teams stops...Inactive for consecutive games at Dallas, Nov. 3 and vs. Washington, Nov. 7 (groin)...Left game vs. Cleveland, Sept. 22 with injury and inactive following week vs. Pittsburgh, Sept. 29, at Wembley for International Series game...Notched nine tackles in the opener at Detroit, Sept. 8...Had a season-best 12 tackles at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 21 on Monday Night Football and had 10 tackles week before vs. Carolina, Oct. 13...Left game vs. Green Bay, Oct. 27 (groin). 2012 – Appeared in all 16 regular season games and started final 13 regular season contests and Wild Card Playoff at Green Bay, 1/5/13. Playoff start was first of career. Recorded 80 tackles (54 solo), five passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six special teams stops and one coverage forced fumble...Notched a season-best 12 tackles vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 25...Made seven stops (six solo) and two special teams tackles in the playoff contest. 2011 – Stepped into full-time starting role for first time, opening all 15 games he played and ranked third on team and led Vikings secondary with 118 tackles, also leading club with two interceptions and posted season’s longest interception return with a 52-yarder vs. Arizona, Oct. 9 in club’s first win...Notched career-best 16 tackles vs. New Orleans, Dec. 18 and had double-digit tackles in three games...Also added eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and seven special teams stops. 2010 – Started final two games at free safety and played in 12 games overall, making 16 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and nine special teams stops...Notched his lone sack of the season on Eagles QB Michael Vick at Philadelphia, Dec. 28...Productive in his two starts, notching five tackles per game, adding one sack and one fumble recovery. 2009 – Started first career game vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 13, appearing in 14 games overall and posted 15 tackles (12 solo), one forced fumble and 19 special teams stops to rank third on the team...Posted season-best five tackles on defense at Arizona, Dec. 6...Had season-high three special teams tackles vs. Baltimore, Oct. 18 and vs. Cincinnati, Dec. 13. In postseason had a special teams stop.
COLLEGE – Started all 44 games he played at Mississippi, where he served as a team captain as senior…Was the SEC’s active tackles leader during his career...Named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Florida with a career-high 11 solo tackles as a senior while handing the eventual national champions their only loss. Recognized after 2008 spring practice at Mississippi with the Chucky Mullins Courage award and wore the number 38 patch to recognize the late Rebels player during the season...Started ten games as a junior at SS...Started all 11 games as a sophomore in 2006, opening seven contests at SS and four at LB...Redshirted in 2004…Earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
PERSONAL – Led South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) HS to a 15-0 mark and the Class 5A state title as a senior...Helped team reach nine in USA Today national rankings...Most Valuable Player of the state title game...His team was 14-1 and the state runner-up as a junior...All-State OLB as a senior…Helped the Vikings kick off the 2010 Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program at Ames Elementary School in St. Paul…Took part in the Vikings Planet purple tree planting in 2009…Comes from a football family, cousin Peria Jerry was a fellow 2009 NFL Draft pick who played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2009-13 and is also related to Dwayne Rudd, a first round draft pick by the Vikings in 1997, who enjoyed a seven-year career with Minnesota (1997-2000), Cleveland (2001-02) and Tampa Bay (2003).
PLayer speaks to media following today's season finale at the Atlanta Falcons. Video by Alex Restrepo (New Orleans Saints Video)
Falcons QB Matt Ryan intercepted by Saints safety Jamarca Sanford late in the fourth quarter to set up the Saints' game-winning field goal.