Sam LaPorta Girlfriend
Meet Sam LaPorta Girlfriend Callie Dellinger! Sam LaPorta is the talented 6’3 tight end currently playing for the Detroit Lions. LaPorta previously played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes at the University of Iowa under head coach Kirk Ferentz.
23-year-old Callie Dellinger was born Callahan Dellinger on October 26, 2000, in Naperville, Illinois. She is one of four children born to Michelle and Greg Dellinger, also proud parents to Callie’s brothers Keller, Quinn and little sister Kerra who attends San Diego State.
Callie’s dad, Greg, graduated from Loyola Academy and the University of Illinois, Chicago, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies. Mr. Dellinger has been working for AAR for over 15 years, first as a chief recruiter, then in government relations, and later on, served as the director of talent acquisition strategy and, more recently, global outreach, engagement, and government affairs.
Mom Michelle Dellinger, who graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois Chigaco, is the communications director at the Diocese of Joliet.
Sam LaPorta’s girlfriend, Callie Dellinger, graduated from Naperville Central High School in May 2019 and in May 2023 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Iowa, where not only was she a member of the Women’s Rowing team but where she met Sam.
Sam and Callie have been dating since December 2019. She is currently the Studio Manager at Soul Cycle in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before that, she was the customer services manager at Graduate Hotels, did an event planning internship at Brown Deer Golf Course and while in college was a part-time student billing clerk.
Sam LaPorta Parents
Sam LaPorta is one of four children and only son born to Staci and Joseph LaPorta. His mom, Staci, is a teacher and Coach at St. Paul Catholic School.
Sam has three beautiful sisters: Olivia LaPorta, a law clerk at Amunden Davis; Alex Laporta, former University of Missouri–St. Louis women’s basketball standout is now a player with the Basketball Academie Limburg in the Dutch Women’s Basketball League.
Sam’s youngest sister is 6’0 Bella LaPorta, an outside hitter for the women’s volleyball team at William Jewell College, where she is also pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, emphasizing sports management.
Sam LaPorta College
In 2019, LaPorta started his college football career as a freshman, ranking behind Wieting and Beyer in the depth chart. In Week 8 against Northwestern, he made his mark by catching two passes for 43 yards in a victory. Throughout the season, he played in 12 games, starting twice, and secured 15 receptions for 188 yards.
Moving on to his sophomore year in 2020, LaPorta continued to share starting duties with Beyer. Notably, he achieved a career-high of 71 receiving yards against Purdue and scored his first career touchdown against Illinois. In eight games with five starts, he totaled 27 receptions for 271 yards and one touchdown. He earned recognition as Fourth-Team All-Big Ten Conference by Phil Steele and honorable-mention All-Big Ten by coaches and media.
In 2021, LaPorta became the starting tight end, making impressive contributions. He set career highs in yards with 83 against Indiana and receptions with seven against Kent State, including a touchdown. Against Kentucky in the 2022 Citrus Bowl, he had his first 100-yard game, but unfortunately, Iowa lost. LaPorta concluded the season with career-highs of 53 receptions for 670 yards and three touchdowns. He received various All-Big Ten honors and was recognized with the Iowa Hawkeyes Team Hustle Award.
In his senior year in 2022, LaPorta received preseason accolades and was named team captain. Despite a loss to Iowa State, he achieved a career-best eight receptions for 55 yards. In another game against Illinois, he surpassed that record with nine receptions for 101 yards, though Iowa lost 9-6. Against Purdue, he scored his only touchdown of the season in a 24-3 win. As a true senior, LaPorta finished the 2022 season with impressive stats, recording 58 catches for 657 yards. He received All-American honors, was named First-Team All-Big Ten, and earned the Kwalick–Clark Tight End of the Year award. His college career at Iowa concluded with 1,786 receiving yards on 153 receptions, ranking him 14th in career receiving yards at Iowa and first among the university’s tight ends in catches and second in yards.
Sam LaPorta NFL Career
- April 28, 2023: The Detroit Lions drafted LaPorta as the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
- June 15, 2023: LaPorta signed a 4-year, $9.46 million contract with the Detroit Lions.
- 2023 Season Highlights:
- On September 24, 2023, LaPorta became the first tight end to record five receptions in each of his first three games, totaling 18 receptions, a record for tight ends.
- He scored his first career touchdown with a 45-yard catch-and-run from Jared Goff in a game against the Atlanta Falcons, resulting in a 20–6 victory.
- In Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, LaPorta broke the record for receptions by a rookie tight end in their first four games with 22.
- Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers marked his first multi-touchdown game, with two touchdowns and three receptions for 47 yards in a 42–24 win.
- In Week 8, he broke the Lions’ franchise record for receptions by a rookie tight end with 43 in a 26–14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.
- On Thanksgiving against the Packers, LaPorta surpassed the franchise record for yards by a rookie tight end with 533, totaling five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown in a 22–29 loss.
- In Week 13, he set a franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie tight end in a single game with 140 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions, contributing to a 33–28 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
- In the Lions’ Week 15 win against the Denver Broncos, LaPorta became the first rookie tight end since 2002 to record 70 receptions in a season and the first since 2013 to achieve three receiving touchdowns in a single game.
- In Week 18 against the Minnesota Vikings, LaPorta broke the single-season rookie tight end record for receptions with 82 and also scored his 10th touchdown of the season. However, he left the game early due to a knee injury.
- Finished the season with 86 receptions, 889 yards, and 10 touchdowns.
- Named to the 2024 Pro Bowl Games.
- Selected as a Second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
- Finalist for the Pepsi Zero Sugar NFL Rookie of the Year Award.
- Records Set by LaPorta During His Rookie Season with the Lions:
- Set new records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns by a tight end overall.
- All records also became the Lions’ rookie tight end records.
- His 10 receiving touchdowns also set the record for Lions rookies overall.
Sam LaPorta Contract
On June 15, 2023, Sam LaPorta signed a four-year, $9.4 million contract with the Detroit Lions. The deal included a $3.8 million signing bonus, $7.5 million guarantee and an annual salary of $2.3 million.