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Chris Samuels

Samuels at the 2008 Pro Bowl.
No. 60     Washington Redskins
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: July 28, 1977 (1977-07-28) (age 32)
Place of birth: Mobile, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 314 lb (142 kg)
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 2000 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played     141
Games started     141
Stats at NFL.com

Chris Samuels (born July 28, 1977 in Mobile, Alabama) is a American football offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

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College career

He played college football at the University of Alabama and was awarded the 1999 Outland Trophy for the nations best Interior Lineman.

Professional career

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2000 NFL Draft

Samuels was considered the premier offensive tackles prospect in the 2000 NFL Draft.[1][2] He was drafted third overall by the Washington Redskins, who had given up two first-round picks (16th and 21st) plus a fourth and fifth-round choice to move up to third in the first round. Samuels was the only offensive tackle drafted in the top 19 of the draft, and the first Alabama offensive lineman selected in the first round of an NFL Draft since Bob Cryder in 1978.

Washington Redskins

Samuels immediately became the starting left tackle for the Redskins and has since been selected to six Pro Bowls. Samuels is regarded as the leader of Washington's offensive line. During the 2005 off-season, the Redskins signed him to a 7-year contract worth about $47 million and a signing bonus of about $16 million.

Samuels was fined $12,500 for delivering an illegal chop block that injured Antonio Garay of the Chicago Bears during a game in 2007. He later apologized to Garay, who spent the remainder of the season on Injured Reserve, as well as to Bears head coach Lovie Smith.[3] In 2008, New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka accused Samuels of "dirty play," after he made a low tackle on Kiwanuka during the final minutes of the 2008 NFL season opener. Samuels denied allegations that he intentionally attempted to injure Kiwanuka , stating "On that particular play I was just trying to protect my quarterback... It was never my intention to go out there and injure another player."[4]

Personal

He is the brother of Arena Football League star Lawrence Samuels.

References

  1. ^ Mannix, Kevin (April 14, 2000), "'Bama behemoth tops so-so crop", Boston Herald, http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/bostonherald/access/52641331.html?dids=52641331:52641331&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT, "There isn't much depth among the offensive line crop in this year's draft, but there is blue-chip quality at the top in the form of Chris Samuels, Alabama's 6-foot-5, 325-pound left tackle and premier pass protector."  
  2. ^ "2000 NFL Draft Profile: Chris Samuels", CNNSI.com, 2000, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/2000/nfldraft/players/40601.html  
  3. ^ Mayer, Larry (2007-12-15). "Samuels calls Bears coach to apologize for block". chicagobears.com. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?STORY_ID=4189&print=yes. Retrieved 2008-09-07.  
  4. ^ Canavan, Tom (2008-09-05). "Giants DE Kiwanuka accuses Samuels of dirty play". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AtcIbzmqtapUEc8VqGY6aw9DubYF?slug=ap-kiwanuka-samuels&prov=ap&type=lgns. Retrieved 2008-09-07.  
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kris Farris
Outland Trophy Winners
1999
Succeeded by
John Henderson

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