Local Great George Gilbert Reflects on Sam Mills

NFL Network to air special Friday night

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (18 SPORTS) - On Friday night, Sam Mills storied career and life will be highlighted on the NFL Network. 

Mills, who passed away in 2005 after a lengthy battle with intestinal cancer, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and left an unforgettable mark in the pro game. Sam won world championships with the Philadelphia Stars in the United States Football League (USFL) in the mid 1980's before becoming a major star in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers. 

Mills was a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro selection, all as an undersized linebacker. Standing at 5'9" Mills brought his level of heart to the game and never looked back. Mills was credited for saying, "you can measure most things, but you cannot measure the heart." In the 1980's, Horseheads George Gilbert was a teammate of Mills on the Philadelphia Stars. Gilbert recently retired from coaching Horseheads High School and its defensive unit for nearly 30 years. 

In a phone interview on Monday night, Gilbert reflects on the player that Mills was. And, most importantly, the man he was off the field. A man who personified heart, intensity, and the will to overcome all things. The NFL Network will air "A Football Life: Sam Mills" this Friday night at 9 pm. 

(Some video used in this report courtesy of Carolina Panthers)


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