Samuel George Ehlinger, more popularly known as Sam Ehlinger, is a quarterback who plays for the National Football League (NFL) team, the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football for the Texas Longhorns football team (University of Texas at Austin). Ehlinger was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft as the 218th overall pick.
Sam Ehlinger during his high school days was a force to be reckoned with, as he broke several records. He attended Westlake High School in Texas and holds the record for having the highest number of touchdowns and passing yards. Earlier, this record was held by NFL legend Drew Brees. He was also named the MaxPreps National Junior of the Year during this period.
After receiving offers from some top college teams like the Florida State Seminoles, McNeese Cowboys, and Oklahoma State Cowboys, he decided to commit his future to the Texas Longhorns. When he left the Longhorns, he was one of the most accomplished players they had ever produced. His numbers were staggering, as he recorded 923 passes out of 1476 pass attempts for 11,436 with a pass completion rate of 62.5%. Along with this, he had 94 touchdowns and 27 interceptions.
For his consistent performances, he was named to the second-team All-Big 12 in 2020. He was named the MVP for the 2019 Rose Bowl as they defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 28-21. Furthermore, he was the Alamo Bowl Offensive MVP in 2019.
Given his exploits at the collegiate level, it was very surprising to find that he wasn’t a first-round pick and went as far as the sixth round. It will be fair to say that his true potential has not been reflected yet in the NFL. In the few games that he has played for the Colts, he has completed 64 passes out of 101 pass attempts for 573 passing yards. Along with this, he has three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Sam Ehlinger is earning big with the Indianapolis Colts
Sam Ehlinger signed a rookie contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 for four years. As per Spotrac, the contract is worth $3,610,708 and includes a signing bonus of $130,708. He will be earning an average annual salary of $902,677.
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The total amount that is guaranteed at signing is $130,708. His base salary in 2023 will be $940,000, and in 2024, his base salary will increase to $1,055,000. In 2023, Sam Ehlinger will have a cap hit value of $972,677, which will go as high as $1,087,677 in the next year.