QB Sami Grisafe
Nickname: Sami or Sam
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Years playing: 15 Years
Ht: 5’11”. Wt: 190
Birthplace: Loma Linda, CA
College: The Theatre Conservatory, Chicago College of Performing Arts @ Roosevelt University
High School: Redlands High School
Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Force, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Cubs, LA Lakers, UCLA, Redlands High School (Long Blue Line, baby!)
Full-time Occupation: Entertainer/singer-songwriter, actor, speaker, host (12 years)
Hobbies: Being a dork with my friends, inspiring conversation, travel, listening to music, reading, co-running/hosting a weekly private concert series in LA called SunSeshLA.
Passions: Connecting with people, family, friendship, music, songwriting, theatre, acting, art, philosophy, history, sociology, travel, bridging differences, collaboration, kindness, love, compassion, and justice.
College Sports: Performing arts conservatories don’t have any sports, but I did start playing football for the Chicago Force during my last year of college.
Other Sports played: Baseball, Volleyball, Softball, and Basketball
How you got into football: My best friend growing up was going to a free football technique clinic held at Redlands High School in our town. I didn’t want to be bored at home so I tagged along. I fell in love with football that summer in 1995 and never looked back.
Family: Kim and Greg Grisafe (Parents) Kyle Grisafe (Brother)
Pets: I’m a big sister to Buddy and Peanut, an Aunt to Lila, and a cousin to Romo. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to have a pet of my own, but I love these little ones as much as if they were my own.
Two Truths & A LIE!
— I’m a fantastic ice skater.
— I have a slight obsession with hot sauce.
— I was the first female in California to play Quarterback in a Varsity Division I High School football game.
From her Wikipedia page:
Samantha Linda “Sami” Grisafe (born March 26, 1985) is an American award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, women’s football player, activist, and actor. In 2012 Grisafe released Atlantis, a full-length studio album featuring eleven upbeat pop tracks that do well to showcase her powerhouse voice. The album received six Grammy pre-nominations and has a few Grammy Award winning collaborators associated with it, such as blues artist Sugar Blue (Rolling Stones) and producer Ricciano Lumpkins (TLC, P.O.D., Mya). Sami also won the Chicago Music Award for Best Rock Entertainer 2012.
Grisafe helped the United States capture the gold medal at the 2010 IFAF Women’s World Championship championships in Stockholm, Sweden, along with the 2013 IFAF Women’s Worlds in Vantaa, Finland. She was named the Tournament MVP at the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Games in Vantaa, Finland. Grisafe also sang the National Anthem prior to the Gold Medal game in Finland. A video of the performance went viral. Buzzfeed called her performance, “The most inspiring combination of sports and music you will ever see.”
Grisafe received the Dare2BDifferent award by the Action Icon Awards in Los Angeles, CA in Fall 2015. She was given the award for her achievements in football and music. Read more about Sami on her Wikipedia page.