Samford Athletics Hall of Fame: Cortland Finnegan Induction Video

Samford Athletics Hall of Fame: Cortland Finnegan Induction Video


Named an All-American three times while at
Samford, Cortland Finnegan’s college career took off after his sophomore season in 2003. That year he was named the Ohio Valley Conference
Defensive Player of the Year. A first-team All-OVC player, and a third team
All-American. By his senior season at Samford he led the
Bulldogs in tackles for the third straight year and was again first team All-OVC and
an All-American. At safety he intercepted seven passes, but
let’s not forget his return game. Cortland Finnegan was also an all-conference
kick and punt returner. And that speed returning kicks and playing
defense turned NFL scouts heads as he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. As the 2006 NFL Draft approached Finnegan’s
pro stock climbed and the Tennessee Titans selected him with the 215th pick in the seventh
round, becoming the first Samford NFL Draft pick since Gary Fleming in 1969. Two years later he was a first team All-Pro,
making his first Pro Bowl in 2008. Finnegan became known for his tough play on
the field and his feistiness and for his charitable giving off of it, being named the Titans Community
Man of the Year in 2010. The majority of Finnegan’s pro career was
with the Tennessee Titans and culminated with an appearance in the 2015 Super Bowl with
the Carolina Panthers, his first ever Super Bowl. From Milton High School in Florida, to Samford
to the NFL, and now an inaugural member of the Samford Athletics Hall of Fame. Cortland Finnegan.

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