Birthday; January 23
Signed by the Cubs on June 20, 2006
In 2005, as a wide receiver for the Notre Dame football team, Samardzija was named All American, leading the conference with 77 catches, 1249 yards and 15 TD's.
March 3, 2013 Named opening day starter by manager, Dale Sveum
July 2, 2012 Samardzija strikes out a career-high 11 Atlanta Braves in a 4-1 Victory over the Braves at Turner Field