Signed with the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent on 3/7/05...Originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 1998 draft.
A Pro Bowl performer (2000), Rolle is an elite cornerback with coverage and run-support skills...Rolle has also played in 9 postseason contests, including a start in Super Bowl XXXIV...Started all 16 games in his 1st year with the Ravens, posting 45 tackles (40 solo), was 2nd on the team with 14 PD, posted 1 FF and had 1 INT in 2005...In his 7 seasons in Tennessee, Rolle collected 297 career tackles (242 solo), 93 PD, 23 INTs, 9 FRs, 8.5 sacks and 1 FF...Rolle led or tied (2001 - Andre Dyson) for the team lead in INTs in 4 of his 7 seasons with Tennessee...Rolle and former Oiler Darryll Lewis (1994-97) are the only players in Titans franchise history to tie or lead the team in INTs for 3 consecutive seasons...Though limited to just 11 games in 2004, Rolle collected the 23rd INT of his career, ranking him 10th on the Titans' all-time INT list...In 2003, Rolle's 6 picks ranked 1st on the squad, and he was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl...A big-game player, 16 of his 24 career INTs (66.7%) have come in division games...After breaking into the starting lineup in his 2nd season, Rolle tied Miami's Brian Walker with an AFC-high 7 INTs in 2000, the most by a member of the Titans since Marcus Robertson's 7 in 1993...As a result, he was named All-Pro by AP and was voted to start his 1st Pro Bowl...Rolle tied a franchise record with 3 INTs in a single game (vs. Jax. 12/26/99).
2005: (with Baltimore) Started all 16 games in his 1st year with the Ravens, posting 45 tackles (40 solo), was 2nd on the team with 14 PD, posted 1 FF and had 1 INT...2005 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Posted 5 solo tackles in the 30-23 win in game 15 vs. Min. (12/25)...Had 1 solo tackle, 3 PD and his 1st INT as a Raven in the 48-3 win in game 14 vs. GB (12/19)...Started and had 6 tackles (5 solo) and 2 PD in game 12 vs. Hou. (12/4)...Posted 3 solo tackles and led the team with 3 PD in game 9 at Jax. (11/13)...Posted 5 tackles (4 solo) and 1 PD in his Ravens' debut in game 1 vs. Ind. (9/11).
2004: (with Tennessee) Started and saw action in 11 games before a knee injury sidelined him for final 5 games of the season...Posted 26 tackles (24 solo), 6 PD and 1 INT in limited action...2004 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Started at CB and tallied 6 tackles and 1 PD in game 9 vs. Chi. (11/14)...Helped limit Bears to 75 net passing yards...Started at CB and totaled 7 tackles in game 8 in 27-20 win in game 8 vs. Cin. (10/31)...Helped limit Pro Bowl WR Chad Johnson to 67 yards on 6 receptions...Started and tallied 1 tackle and 1 PD while limiting WR Jimmy Smith to 3 receptions in game 3 vs. Jax. (9/26)...Started and tallied 2 tackles and 1 INT when he intercepted Jay Fiedler in end zone to end Dolphins second quarter scoring drive in the season opener at Mia. (9/12)...The INT was the 23rd of his career, which surpassed Marcus Robertson for 10th on team's all-time list.
2003: (with Tennessee) Started each of the 13 games he played, recording a team-high 6 INTs, his 2nd-highest total in career (7 in 2000)...Covered the opposing team's best WR on a weekly basis, collecting 29 tackles, 16 PD and 2 FRs...Started both postseason games, collecting 9 tackles, 2 PD and 1 INT, his 2nd-career postseason INT...Missed 3 games after dislocating his left elbow at NE (10/5)...2003 SEASON HIGHLIHTS: Recorded 1 tackle and 1 PD while limiting Buccaneers leading WR, Keenan McCardell, to 1 reception for 5 yards, his lowest yardage total in a regular season game since 12/20/98 (0 yards) in the season finale vs. TB (12/28)...Recorded 1 tackle, while intercepting 2 David Carr passes and returned a third quarter fumble 61 yards for a TD in game 15 at Hou. (12/21)...Ended the game by picking off Carr to mark 4th time in his career when he recorded 2 or more INTs...Posted his 3rd INT of the season, intercepting Byron Leftwich while limiting Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, to 1 reception for 5 yards, his lowest yardage total in a game since 12/23/00 (0 yards) in game 10 vs. Jax. (11/16)...Totaled 4 tackles, 3 PD and 1 INT, which he returned 49 yards to Pittsburgh's 1-yard line to set up a TD with less than 1 minute remaining in the first half in game 4 at Pit. (9/28)...Limited WR Plaxico Burress to 4 receptions, keeping him out of the end zone in the game.
2002: (with Tennessee) Started every game, collecting 44 tackles and 2 INTs, helping the defense to the 10th-overall ranking in the league...2002 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Intercepted a Tommy Maddox pass on Pittsburgh's 2nd play from scrimmage as his 16-yard return helped set up the ensuing Titans TD in the Divisional playoff vs. Pittsburgh (1/11/03)...Helped hold the Patriots' offense to a season-low 176 net yards, including just 134 passing yards in game 13 vs. NE (12/16)...Posted a career-high 9 tackles as he held Pro Bowl WR Marvin Harrison to 9 yards per catch (13.5 career average) and kept RB James Mungro out of end zone on a 4th-and-goal play in third quarter in game 8 at Ind. (11/3).
2001: (with Tennessee) Started 14 games and tied for the team lead with 3 INTs, which marked the 3rd consecutive season he led the team or tied for the team lead in INTs...He collected 56 tackles, 14 PD, 2 sacks and 2 FRs...2001 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Posted a team-high 8 tackles, had 1 PD and recorded 1 INT in game 7 vs. Jax. (11/4)...Led the secondary with 7 tackles and posted his 1st sack of the season, as well as recording 2 FRs in game 2 at Jax. (9/23).
2000: (with Tennessee) Named as a starter in his 1st Pro Bowl and was named 1st-team All-Pro by AP, The Sporting News, Football Digest and College and Pro Football Newsweekly and was named All-AFC by Football News and All-AFC and All-NFL by Pro Football Weekly...Led the team and tied for 1st in the AFC with 7 INTs, including 6 picks over a 5-game stretch from 10/30 at Was. to 11/26 at Jax...Helped the team to the NFL's top ranking in pass defense (151.5 yards per game) and total defense (238.4 yards per game)...2000 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Started and recorded 2 INTs of Mark Brunell in game 12 at Jax. (11/26)...Intercepted 2 Brad Johnson passes in a Monday Night Football win in game 8 at Was. (10/30)...Rolle returned the 1st INT for an 81-yard TD with no time left on clock in the first half...The return was the 6th longest in Titans history...Was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week, and the TD return won DirecTV "NFL Play of the Week" Award...Intercepted Doug Pederson in game 11 vs. Cle. (11/19) and Kordell Stewart in the first quarter in game 9 vs. Pit. (11/5)...Recorded his 1st INT of the season against Kerry Collins in a win in game 4 vs. NYG (10/1).
1999: (with Tennessee) Started all 16 games for the 1st time in his career and led team with 4 INTs...Also ranked 2nd on the team with 17 PD...Was named to the USA Today's All-Joe Team, which honors players who are not Pro Bowl players yet, but soon will be...1999 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Tied a Tennessee franchise record with 3 INTs in game 15 vs. Jax. (12/26), including 2 in the end zone...Intercepted Mark Brunell once and Jay Fiedler twice in becoming 1 of just 3 NFL players (Sam Madison and Champ Bailey) to collect 3 INTs in a game in 1999...Matched his career high with 2 sacks in game 5 vs. Bal. (10/10)...Produced a game-saving play in game 3 at Jax. (9/26), when he picked off his 1st pass in the end zone with 52 seconds remaining in the game to seal the victory.
1998: (with Tennessee) Saw action in 15 games as a rookie with 1 start (at Sea., 11/29), seeing majority of his action in nickel and dime packages...Led all Tennessee rookie defenders with 30 tackles and ranked 3rd on the team with 7 PD...1998 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Recorded his 1st-career sack in game 13 vs. Bal. (12/6), dropping Jim Harbaugh twice in the fourth quarter...Made his 1st-career NFL appearance in game 2 vs. SD (9/13), recording 3 tackles...Suffered a concussion to his spinal cord in training camp, which caused him to miss the final 3 preseason games and the season opener.
Played in 38 games, starting 24 at Florida State...Posted 111 career tackles and hauled in 12 INTs in his 4 seasons with the Seminoles...Four of his career INTs came versus in-state rival Miami...As a senior, Rolle was named 3rd-team All-America by Football News and 1st-team All-ACC after recording a team-high 7 INTs...He was named ACC DB of the Week after picking off a pair of passes in a 47-0 victory over Miami...As a junior, recorded an INT in a No. 1-vs.-No. 2 showdown with Florida in Tallahassee...Majored in political science.
Named Super Prep Dixie Defensive Player of the Year and was a Dream Team selection by Blue Chip Illustrated for Miami Beach (FL) High Tide...He had 62 tackles and 6 INTs as a senior and also threw for 1,217 yards and 8 TDs at QB, rushed for 402 yards and returned 3 punts for TDs...He also played in the Super 24 Florida-Georgia All-Star Game. Along with his wife, Danisha, and the Samari Rolle Foundation, in 2002, he kicked off a bowling tournament featuring his Titans teammates, members of the media and corporate sponsors...His foundation, which helps inner-city residents, has also sponsored a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, a Christmas toy giveaway, an event that provided free makeovers for homeless women and free sneakers from his Reebok account to inner-city youth...One of his framed jerseys of NFL players in Rolle's "Game Room" is former high school teammate and current New England Patriot CB Duane Starks, who was chosen by the Baltimore Ravens in 1st round of the 1999 draft...He wears #22 with the Ravens as a tribute to Starks...Rolle had a satellite dish installed in order to watch high school football games featuring teams from the states of Florida, California and Texas...Rolle, who wants to become a scout following his playing days, can watch live games in his living room on Friday nights or taped contests following games on Sundays; his interests are always on the up and coming CBs in the country...In Dec. '05, Samari participated in the Ravens ACT Auction party that benefits the Ravens All Community Team Foundation and all of the player foundations...Partnered with WR Derrick Mason to host the inaugural Holiday Helpers event at the Pikesville Target...In conjunction with their foundations, the players donated $10,000 and provided 100 children with $100 gift certificates to Target...Samari and his wife, Danisha, have 2 daughters, Samara, 6 and Amari Michelle (born 6/18/06), and a son, Jamir, 1...Named after an African king, "Samari" which means "strength"...Full name: Samari Toure Rolle.