Former Florida State wide receiver P.K. Sam didn’t have the most lucrative NFL career, bouncing around over six years with five different teams, but sharing his experience is something he enjoys — both on the field and off.
After spending 2009 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and 2010 with the Calgary Stampeders, Sam began volunteering his time coaching. Since 2015, he’s run his own LLC called “My Vision Performance”, which operates in Bellbrook, Ohio — just outside of Dayton.
“Just because you’re not a Hall of Famer doesn’t mean you don’t have the knowledge,” Sam said. “We’ve had great success here in Ohio.”
Drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, Sam appeared in two games for New England’s 2004 world championship team. Those would be the only two regular season games that Sam appeared in before spending time with the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. In the CFL, Sam compiled 40 career catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns.
“This, for me, is just a chance to do something on the weekends, throw the ball around,” Sam said. “I’ve always pushed kids to have a vision. We’ve had a lot of kids get scholarships.”
Since 2015, Sam estimated that he has coached or mentored more than 10 wide receivers playing college football — either on scholarship or as a preferred walk-on. Sam said training sessions on the weekends are typically small.
“It’s a very small, intimate group,” he said. “I don’t want so many kids that I can’t reach them.”
Sam spent three years at FSU before declaring early for the draft. After recording 30 total catches over his first two years, Sam enjoyed a breakout junior year in 2003 as part of deep receiving corps that included Craphonso Thorpe, Dominic Robinson, Chris Davis and Chauncey Stovall. That season, Sam grabbed 50 passes for 735 yards and five touchdowns, including game-winners over Georgia Tech and most notably, Florida.
As a wide receiver specialist, Sam teaches skills such as footwork, route running and high-pointing the football. Sam recently planned to travel to Atlanta and work with Chip Smith Performance Systems. Sam said he hopes to eventually work with professional-level wide receivers.
“This has become something that I really enjoy,” Sam said. “My goal is to be the guy that wide receivers come to.”