Sammy Marvin OATES

Deaflympics

GamesSportEventResult
Milan 1957Athleticsshot putBronze
Milan 1957Athleticsdiscus throw6th
Milan 1957Athleticsjavelin throwBronze
Milan 1957Swimming100m freestyle
Milan 1957Swimming1500m freestyle
Milan 1957Swimming100m backstroke
Helsinki 1961Athleticsshot putBronze
Helsinki 1961Athleticsjavelin throw

Flag - USA United States

Born: 02 Dec 1938

Deceased: 06 Oct 2010

Sammy grew up in Austin, Texas where he attended Texas School for the Deaf. He then entered Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
He was a rarity, moving up from football on deaf high school level to a NCAA-I college level in the late fifties. At that time Hardin-Simmons was a NCAA-I program and played against big time NCAA-I teams. He was a 4-season starter at Hardin-Simmons, first as running back and then as wide receiver. He was drafted by Houston Oilers in the American Football League and was one of the late cuts. He then tried out in Canadian Football League but was cut again. He then played a couple of games in United Football League and quit this sport for good. Many deaf high school football players end up playing at Gallaudet, a NCAA-III program, but not Oates, it was NCAA-I for him.