PRO (38-8/4-0): Originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
PRO (38-8/4-0): Originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
2012 (14-7): 9/9 at Denver: On his first three receptions, converted third downs with receptions of 13, 17 and 15 yards…9/16 vs. N.Y. Jets: Recorded receptions of 10 and 19 yards on the drive that gave the Steelers a 13-10 lead going into halftime…9/23 at Oakland: Registered three receptions for 33 yards for the second straight contest…recorded a seven-yard reception on a third-and-two in the first quarter…the drive ended with a Pittsburgh touchdown…10/7 vs. Philadelphia: Converted a third-and-four with a seven-yard reception on the Steelers’ game-winning drive…10/11 at Tennessee: Converted a third-and-eight with a 10-yard reception at the end of the third quarter…added a season-best 22-yard reception…10/21 at Cincinnati: Recorded a season-long 31-yard reception on a third-and-six at the Cincinnati 45-yard line on a drive that ended in a Steelers’ touchdown…10/28 vs. Washington: Finished second in the game with 56 receiving yards…converted a third-and-seven with a 15-yard reception on the Steelers’ first drive of the game, a drive that resulted in a touchdown…11/4 at N.Y. Giants: Hauled in his first touchdown (four yards) of the season to put the Steelers up 7-0…registered a career-long 63-yard punt return to the Giants’ 12-yard line with 12:36 left in the game…11/12 vs. Kansas City: On third-and-11 at the Steelers’ 15-yard line, recorded a 31-yard reception…on the same drive, drew a 22-yard pass interference penalty on a third-and-three…the drive resulted in a field goal that put the Steelers up 13-10 early in the fourth quarter…added his first career rush for four yards…11/18 vs. Baltimore: Recorded a game high and career-high 82 yards receiving on three receptions…hauled in a career-long 37-yard reception on a third-and-two on the first possession of the third quarter…marked his third reception of the season of 30+ yards (31 at Cincinnati 10/21 and 31 vs. KC 11/12)…11/25 at Cleveland: Made his third straight start at WR filling in for injured WR Antonio Brown…recorded a game-high 75 receiving yards…led the team in receiving yards for two straight games for the first time in his career…12/2 at Baltimore: Tied for the team lead with five receptions for 60 yards…12/9 vs. San Diego: With two receptions for 36 yards, he has recorded at least one reception in a career-best 19 consecutive games played, including the 2011 regular and postseason…12/16 at Dallas: Left the game with a rib injury in the second quarter and did not return.
2011 (11-0/1-0): Saw action in 11 games, including the lone postseason contest…missed five games due to knee and foot injuries…finished with 22 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns…recorded 22 punt return yards and 93 kickoff return yards…set postseason career-highs in receptions (6) and receiving yards (81) in the Wild Card Game at Denver…9/11 at Baltimore: Had two receptions for 20 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter…9/18 vs. Seattle: Registered two receptions for 44 yards, including a 30-yarder…completed his first career pass, a 15-yarder to WR Hines Ward…added two punt returns for eight yards…9/25 at Indianapolis: Had two receptions for 21 yards, including a long of 18 yards…had two special teams tackles…10/16 vs. Jacksonville: Had one reception for a season long 32 yards…surpassed 500 career receiving yards…10/23 at Arizona: Logged a season-high five receptions for 46 yards and one touchdown…10/30 vs. New England: Tied season-high with five receptions for a season-best 70 yards…11/27 at Kansas City: Returned to action after missing two games because of a knee injury…had two receptions for 25 yards…added 77 kickoff return yards…12/4 vs. Cincinnati: Recovered his first career fumble on a Bengals’ kickoff return in the second quarter…1/1 at Cleveland: Returned after missing three games with a foot injury…recorded one reception for 14 yards…AFC Wild Card Game 1/8 at Denver: Led team with six receptions for 81 yards…the 81 yards were a career-high in the regular or postseason.
2010 (13-1/3-0): Saw action at WR and on special teams for 13 regular-season games, starting one…missed one game because of a leg injury (9/19 at Ten)…made an immediate impact as a rookie…finished the season fourth on the team in receptions (28), receiving yards (376) and tied for second with two receiving touchdowns…led the team in kickoff returns (25), kickoff return yards (628) and kickoff return average (25.1)…returned four punts for 60 yards, including a team-best 38-yard return…was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 7 performance at Miami…added 12 tackles and one forced fumble on special teams…saw action in all three postseason contests, primarily at WR…finished with seven receptions for 91 yards in the postseason…9/12 vs. Atlanta: Made his NFL debut…saw action at wide receiver and on special teams…had two special teams tackles…had one kick return for 23 yards...10/17 vs. Cleveland: Played in his second career game after missing the previous three…finished with two receptions for 37 yards…caught his first career pass, a 22-yarder from QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter…had one special teams tackle…10/24 at Miami: Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 7 performance…averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return, including a long of 48 yards in the fourth quarter that set up K Jeff Reed’s game-winning field goal…had a 37-yard kickoff return in the second quarter that set up a 53-yard touchdown from Roethlisberger to WR Mike Wallace…had one special teams tackle…10/31 at New Orleans: Finished with three kickoff returns for 98 yards (32.7 avg.), including a long of 41 yards…posted a 38-yard punt return late in the first quarter, his first career punt return…had one special teams tackle…11/8 at Cincinnati: Had four kickoff returns for 88 yards, including a long of 30 yards…had two special teams tackles…forced his first career fumble on the opening kickoff…11/14 vs. New England: Finished with five catches for 41 yards…caught his first career touchdown pass, a six-yarder from Roethlisberger early in the fourth quarter…11/21 vs. Oakland: Had two receptions for 35 yards and one touchdown…hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger in the second quarter, marking his second straight game with a touchdown reception…added one special teams tackle…11/28 at Buffalo: Had one special teams tackle…12/5 at Baltimore: Recorded a 28-yard reception down to the Ravens’ two-yard line on the last play of the third quarter…finished with three catches for 49 yards…had one special teams tackle…12/19 vs. N.Y. Jets: Finished with a career-high seven catches for 78 yards, including a long of 29 yards…had one special teams tackle…12/23 vs. Carolina: Finished with four catches for 54 yards…caught a career-long 35-yard pass from Roethlisberger in the second quarter…had one special teams tackle…1/2 at Cleveland: Started his first career game at WR…had one catch for 16 yards…AFC Divisional Game 1/15 vs. Baltimore: Saw action on special teams and at WR in his first career postseason contest…had four receptions for 54 yards, including a long of 17 yards…added three special teams tackles…AFC Championship Game 1/23 vs. N.Y. Jets: Finished with one catch for 20 yards…added two special teams tackles…Super Bowl XLV 2/6 vs. Green Bay: Registered two catches for 17 yards…left the game in the second quarter with a foot injury and did not return.
COLLEGE: Ranks as SMU’s all-time leader in career catches, TD catches and yards, single-season and single-game receptions and single-season yardage...holds SMU records for career 100-yard-receiving games with 16 and season 100-yard games with six (2008)...only player in SMU history to record four 600-yard receiving seasons – no other receiver has three...majored in sociology. 2009: Started all 13 games, earning first team All-C-USA honors...had 98 receptions for 1,339 yards and seven touchdowns...returned 20 punts for 275 yards and one touchdown...averaged 124.6 all-purpose yards per game...ranked sixth in the NCAA with 103 yards per game receiving...his 98 receptions were seventh best in the NCAA...finished his career as SMU’s career leader in receptions (235), touchdown catches (34) and yards (3,791)...in his final game, had seven catches for 124 yards and a score in helping SMU to a 45-10 win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl...earned honorable mention All-America by SI.com. 2008: Earned second team All-C-USA accolades...started the first 10 games, catching 67 passes for 958 yards and nine TDs...ranked 11th in the nation with 95.8 receiving yards per game and 19th with 6.7 catches per game...finished the season as SMU’s career leader in TD catches (27)...set a new SMU season record with six 100-yard games in 2008...became the first player in SMU history to record three 600-yard receiving seasons...caught three TD passes in the Texas State win... had a season-high 132 yards receiving against Tulsa...named to the College Football Top Ten & Pegasus News All-DFW College Football Team. 2007: Started all 12 games...an honorable mention All-C-USA selection by the league’s coaches...caught 74 passes for 889 yards and nine TDs on the year...the 74 receptions rank as third-most ever in a season at SMU and the 889 yards rank fourth...caught 13 passes and three TDs in the season finale at Memphis and 10 passes in the North Texas win...had three 100-yard games – Arkansas State (100), Tulane (155) and Memphis (118)...also handled punt returns and finished with 183 yards on 20 returns...had a season-long return of 33 yards against Rice...co-winner of the team’s Wild Horse Club Award along with Justin Willis. 2006: Named an honorable mention Freshman All-America at both wide receiver and kick returner by The Sporting News...was an All-Freshman Conference-USA pick at both spots by both the coaches and the media...second-team All-CUSA selection by the Houston Chronicle, a third-team choice by the media and an honorable mention pick by the coaches...co-winner of the James Bradley “New Mustang” award for consistent play along with Bryan McCann and Justin Willis...caught TD passes in six straight games (Sam Houston through ECU), breaking a 29-year-old SMU record for consecutive games with a TD catch...recorded team-highs with 46 grabs for 605 yards...had a team-best nine receiving TDs - the most ever by a freshman at SMU and the second-most in a season ever at SMU...his 151 receiving yards against Houston made him the first SMU player with 150-or more receiving yards since 1998...had pairs of TD receptions against Houston and ECU...returned kicks and ranked second in C-USA with a 24.0-yard average. 2005: Redshirted as a true freshman.
PERSONAL: First-team all-district performer at three positions, running back, wide receiver and safety at Bellville High (Bellville, Texas)...had 66 carries for 499 yards and six TDs as a senior...hauled in 24 catches for 414 yards and a score...also threw for a touchdown...recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions on defense...named team’s MVP...Tri-County Offensive Player of the Year...earned seven All-District honors during his high school career...four-sport letterman - football, baseball, basketball and track...son of Stephanie Sanders and Joel Shallow...Full name: Emmanuel Sanders.