|Full name||John Noel William Newman|
|Date of birth||22 December 1945|
|Place of birth||Geelong, Australia|
|Recruited from||Geelong Grammar School|
|Height/Weight||189 cm / 94 kg|
|1964 – 1980||Geelong||300 (110)|
1 Playing statistics to end of 1980 season .
John Noel William "Sam" Newman (born December 22, 1945 in Geelong, Victoria) is a retired Australian rules football player and current television personality. He is a featured star of the AFL version of The Footy Show.
Recruited straight from school, Newman made his debut for Geelong in 1964 and was fortunate to have "Polly" Farmer in the side as a role model. During the first semi-final against Collingwood in 1967, Newman suffered a serious injury that forced surgeons to remove part of his kidney, but he bounced back to win club Best and Fairest in 1968 and 1975. He was also selected All-Australian (1969), and played for the Victorian State team eight times. Newman retired in 1980, having polled 100 Brownlow Medal votes throughout his career. In 2002, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
Newman has been a regular on the AFL version of The Footy Showsince it first aired in 1994 on the Australian Nine Network. He acts as sidekick and resident clown. He regularly hosts "Street Talk", a vox populi segment in which he interviews people on the streets, usually in Melbourne, as well as Sam's Mailbag where he reads out random correspondence, shows funny footage, and the occasional lookalike of Garry Lyon(co-host).
His other media appearances have included the Sunday sports show Any Given Sunday in 2005, World of Sport, The Sunday Footy Show and also co-hosting the short livedSam and The Fatman, with Paul (fatty) Vautin. On radio station Triple M, Newman previews Friday night and Saturday afternoon matches. He formerly provided special comments during AFL games, on Triple M, as well as 3AW previously.
Newman attended Geelong Grammar. His father's aim for him was to become a barrister. His mother and two older sisters all disagree with his on-air personality and prefer to call him by his 'birth' name of John.  He has known his best friend, Kevin King, since his early playing days for Geelong, meeting him while surfing on the Victorian Coast.
Newman currently lives in an apartment in Melbourne's Docklands  where he also berths a luxury yacht. He also owns four vintage cars and a warehouse.  He took up driving in the Nations Cup series in the late 1990s in Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
Newman has been married three times, and has three sons, aged 11, 26 and 30. 
Sam has been involved in several incidents of public controversy. Reports indicate that Newman is deliberately controversial, and that his on-air persona is nothing like his true self. Particular incidents include:
On 5 March 2008 it was revealed that Newman was in hospital, undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. On 6 March he underwent a procedure at Epworth Hospital in Melbourne to have the cancerous prostate removed. Newman asked that television cameras from Channel Nine's program 60 Minutes have full access to the procedure, as he believed it could help raise awareness of the issue amongst the greater public. Channel Nine personality and close friend Eddie McGuire covered the story for the program.
The program went to air on Sunday 9 March. It contained footage filmed earlier that day in which Newman's urologist, Dr Laurence Harewood, told him that the operation had been a success and that he had been cleared of the cancer. Newman is now expected to make a full recovery.