Happy Birthday to former Harlingen Cardinal and UTEP Miner Sammy Garza!
Garza started his football career in the Rio Grand Valley with the storied Harlingen Cardinals. At a time when only one team made the playoffs the Cards were 30-10 in his career but never advanced into the postseason.
From the Valley, Garza headed west to El Paso where he played four seasons for UTEP. His best season was 1986 when he led the WAC in completion percentage, attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. Garza finished second in college football in passing yards with 3,140, just behind Mike Perez of San Jose State.
For his UTEP career Garza ranks fourth in passing yards and touchdowns.
Garza was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the eighth round of the 1987 NFL draft. He was cut, but signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a replacement player. He played two seasons for the Cardinals before he was cut and headed north to the CFL. He led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a Grey Cup Final in 1993. Garza floated around the World League and the CFL until he retired following the 1996 season.
He returned to his alma mater to coach in 2000 and then went into scouting with the Dallas Cowboys in 2005 - a position he still holds today.
Happy Birthday Sammy!