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Active Football Players from Santa Monica

Santa Monica has maintained its beach town spirit throughout the years. It has grown more glamorous with luxury beachfront hotels, sophisticated restaurants, and high-end boutiques. Today, you can have the best of both worlds: wide California beaches with surfing and volleyball and a refined, city-within-a-city scene. But, Santa Monica has given us more than just beautiful beaches. It has also given us some fantastic NFL players over the years. These players have rewritten the NFL history books and thrown up some NFL betting surprises. So, let’s look at some of those players and what they achieved in the game.

Chad Wheeler

In Santa Monica, California, Wheeler attended Santa Monica High School. He was a defensive end as well as an offensive tackle. Rivals.com rated Wheeler as a three-star recruit and placed him as the 114th offensive tackle in his class. Wheeler has committed to playing college football at the University of Southern California (USC).

After graduating from USC, he earned conflicting selection forecasts from NFL draft gurus and scouts. Some observers predicted he’d be taken in the fourth or seventh round. In contrast, others said he’d go undrafted and be signed as a priority undrafted free agent. Wheeler was considered a top prospect based simply on potential. Still, he was drafted in the mid to late rounds owing to a history of multiple injuries.

Due to injuries, Wheeler was not drafted out of college. However, on April 30, 2017, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants. He signed a three-year, $1.68 million contract that included a $30,000 guaranteed bonus and a $20,000 signing bonus. This NFL player made his regular-season debut on October 1, 2017, in the Giants’ 23-25 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2019, he moved to the Seattle Seahawks, where he remained until last year.

Glyn Milburn

Born February 19, 1971, Glyn Curt Milburn is a former American football running back and return specialist who played in the National Football League for nine seasons (NFL). The Denver Broncos picked him in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft after playing collegiate football for Stanford. He also spent time with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, and San Diego Chargers.

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On December 10, 1995, he set the NFL record for most all-purpose yards gained in a single game with 404. He was also the Chicago Bears’ all-time leading kick returner with 4,596 yards. He made the Pro Bowl twice, in 1995 and 1999, and was voted first-team All-Pro in 1999.

Dennis Smith

Smith was a wide receiver and defensive back when at Santa Monica High School (Samohi). In 1976, he was named CIF Southern Section Co-Player of the Year. Dennis Smith was a fantastic prospect who made the Pro Bowl and immediately rose to prominence as one of the NFL’s most feared and hard-hitting safeties. 

He was selected to six Pro Bowls (after the 1985–1986, 1989–1991, and 1993 seasons) and was named All-American Football Conference (AFC) in 1984 and 1988. In addition, he was a member of three Denver Broncos Super Bowl teams (XXI, XXII, and XXIV) and was named All-Pro four times.

Smith has 1,171 tackles, 30 interceptions, and 15 sacks in his career. In 1991, he had a career-high five interceptions. With 184 games played for the Denver Broncos, he is the fourth most-played player in franchise history and with 1,152 recorded tackles, he is their all-time leading tackler. In 1992, Smith was awarded the Denver Broncos’ most inspiring player. In 2001, he was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame then in 2006, he was inducted into the Colorado Hall of Fame.

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Sam Anno

Anno attended Saint Monica Catholic High School before transferring to Santa Monica High School. He was recruited to play collegiate football at USC. Sam Anno was teammates and good friends with actors Charlie Sheen and Dean Cain, who also graduated from Santa Monica High School.

He was a linebacker, long snapper, and special teams player for the Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and San Diego Chargers between 1987 and 1994. While at Tampa Bay in 1989, he was named NFL Special Teams Player of the Year by his teammates.

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