Los Angeles Times

Sam Farmer


Sam Farmer, a three-time finalist for California Sportswriter of the Year, is in his 20th season covering the NFL. Because he works for the Los Angeles Times and is in a city that doesn't have an NFL team, he's had unique assignments such as traveling with an officiating crew, spending a week behind the scenes with Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, spending a Sunday watching games with John Madden, sitting next to Al Michaels in the "Monday Night Football" booth, and climbing Mount Rainier – or at least to base camp – with Commissioner Roger Goodell. Farmer, a 1988 graduate of Occidental College, began his career at small papers in the Pacific Northwest before moving onto the San Jose Mercury News, where he was an Oakland Raiders beat writer for five seasons. At various times, he has also been a beat writer covering the NBA, PGA Tour, and college football and basketball.

Recent Articles

  • NFL draft needs: East divisions

    NFL draft needs: East divisions

    The NFL draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Chicago. Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines team needs by division and in order of when they select. The East divisions: NFC East EAGLES – To put themselves in position to take one of the two top quarterbacks, wheeling-and-dealing Philadelphia...

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' suspension, appeals court rules

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve 'Deflategate' suspension, appeals court rules

    A popular T-shirt at New England Patriots games last season featured the word "Vindicated" over a football emblazoned with quarterback Tom Brady's No. 12. Brady had sidestepped a four-game suspension by the NFL for his role in an alleged football-deflating scheme. Now, the suspension is back on....