Sam Cvijanovich

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Samuel Joseph Cvijanovich
No. 51
Born: May 26, 1950
Mesa, Arizona
Career information
Position(s) Linebacker
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
College California Lutheran
Career history
As player
19741976 Toronto Argonauts
1977 Ottawa Rough Riders
1977 BC Lions
Awards 1974 CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award
Honors Cal Lutheran Athletic Hall of Fame

Sam Cvijanovich was a linebacker in the Canadian Football League.

Cvijanovich played his college football at California Lutheran University (1970 to 1972), where he was a second team all star in 1970 and was inducted into the Cal Lutheran Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003.[1]

He played three years with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL (1974 to 1976), playing 43 games and wearing number 33. In 1974, he won the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award[2] on the strength of his 7 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

He later played for the Ottawa Rough Riders, and 7 games for the BC Lions, in 1977.

In 1980, he purchased a biker hangout with his brother, Steve Cvijanovich, and started a sports bar called Sam's Saloon. [3]


  1. ^ "Sam Cvijanovich '72". Cal Lutheran Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame. California Lutheran University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01.
  2. ^ "CFL Outstanding Rookie". Player Awards.
  3. ^ Henson, Steve (August 18, 1990). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? SAM AND STEVE CVIJANOVICH : TOAST OF THE TOWN : Former Santa Clara Athletes Score Points as Saloon Owners". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

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