Big Sky Honors for Sam McCullum

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Sam McCullum

Congratulations to Seahawks Legend Sam McCullum, who was recently inducted into the Montana Football Hall of Fame. The induction banquet was held in Billings on March 24, 2018, with nine new members honored.

McCullum was raised in Kalispell, Montana, where he attended Flathead High School, but had no real aspirations for playing team sports.

“My first year of organized sports was my sophomore year in high school,” said McCullum. “I was playing intramurals in the gym, and the basketball coach saw me and said, ‘You should come out and play basketball.’ So that’s when I first started to think I could play sports. I had no skills, had no talent, had no training. Prior to my junior year in high school I had never even put on football pads, never put on a helmet; I had never even caught a football.

“And six years later, playing in the NFL, I never would have thought about it.”

McCullum went on to be All-State in football, basketball, and track. He then attended Montana State University, where he played football from 1970-73, and set a record of 16 career touchdown receptions as a wide receiver.

Taken in the 1974 NFL draft by Minnesota, McCullum would play two seasons with the Vikings as a wide receiver before being selected by the Seahawks in the 1976 expansion draft. He played six seasons in Seattle before returning to Minnesota for the 1982-1983 seasons, and then retired from the NFL.

McCullum was inducted into the Montana State Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Kalispell Legends Wall of Fame in 2011.

The Montana Football Hall of Fame was created in 2016 to honor the play and contributions of all players, coaches and volunteers across Big Sky Country.