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Many young packer fans do not know who the man pictured above is, if you do you witnessed one of the best feel good stories in all of the NFL.
Samkon Gado was born in Nigeria and came to America before his teenage years, Gado attended Liberty University and went undrafted in the 2005 NFL Draft.. if that draft brings memories to you that is the draft that the Packers took Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick in the 1st round.
After being undrafted he was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs which he didn’t have much of a role because of injuries, Gado was told by Dick Vermeil who was coach of the Chiefs at the time to not stop playing football. So Gado took that advice very well and was able to find a spot on the Green Bay Packers Practice Squad.
Going into the season the Packers had no intentions on using Gado as a starter as they went into the season with Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport as starting running backs. Green dealt with nagging injuries all season that eventually ended with him missing the whole season, Davenport would also end up missing the whole season which left Mr. Samkon Gado to take over the carrying duties.
Gado made his debut with the Packers on October 30th 2005, which resulted in only one 8 yard carry. The next game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Gado was still not named starter but had a bigger impact with 23 carries for 62 yards and his first NFL TD.
November 13th would be the first game Gado would start for the Green and Gold against the Atlanta Falcons and would be his claim to fame game for the Packers. Gado carried the ball 23 times for 103 yards and two more touchdowns and caught a passing touchdown. This performance by Gado won his NFL rookie of the week honors, November 13th also happens to be Gado’s birthday so what a present it was.
Gado tore up the field as he went for 100 yards in 2 more games and scored a rushing touchdown in 3 straight. Gado was once again honored with Rookie of the week as he rushed for 171 yards in 29 carries and scored a touchdown.
As he was on his way to being one of the most remarkable players in packers history his feel good story was cut short after a good start against the Baltimore Ravens where he rushed for 45 yards on 6 carries and then sprained his MCL. To keep Gado safe the Packers decided to put him on the injured reserve and end his season.
Samkon could not push himself out as a starter for the 2006 season but he stayed on the team as teammate Najeh Davenport was cut. Gado was slated as the backup to packer great Ahman Green and Gado was traded after week one to Houston for Vernand Morency.
Gado got a little bit of time with Houston after the trade, he only finished with 18 carries for 46 yards and a touchdown before he was released. When Ronnie Brown went down with a torn ACL, the Dolphins signed Gado but he didn’t see playing time. After the backup went down the Dolphins welcomed Ricky Williams back for a reunion tour and cut Gado. Williams reunion tour didn’t last long as he was hurt in his first game so they resigned Gado and he contributed well and scored a touchdown which lead the Dolphins to their 1st and only win that season.
From 2008-2010 Gado jumped between the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans and was cut by the Titans on September 4th 2010. And when he was cut that would be the end of the Samkon Gado feel good story. He would ride off into the sun set as one of the most known packers in Packers history.
Gado holds the Packers franchise record for most rushing yards in a game for a rookie and won NFL offensive rookie of the month in November of 2005.