Chris Samuels

Chris Samuels (born July 28, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Alabama, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. Selected third overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, Samuels played his entire pro career for the NFL's Washington Redskins and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection.[1][2]

Chris Samuels
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Samuels in 2018
No. 60
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:July 28, 1977 (age 41)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:314 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:John Shaw (Mobile, Alabama)
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Alabama (2012–2014)
    (Assistant offensive line)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:141
Games started:141
Fumbles recovered:4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Samuels was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended John Shaw High School in Mobile, where he played both offense and defense for the John Shaw high school football team, and helped Shaw to an 8–3 record and a spot in the AHSAA playoffs.[3]

College career

While attending the University of Alabama, Samuels played for the Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 1996 to 1999. As senior in 1999, he was named to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) first team by the conference's coaches, the Associated Press, the Birmingham News and the Mobile Press Register, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[4] He also won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best college interior lineman, and was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award.

Samuels won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's most outstanding blocker.[3] He started 42 straight games, from early in his 1996 freshman season until his last regular-season game as a senior, without yielding a sack. Samuels did not allow a quarterback pressure in 1999, had 91 knockdown blocks and played nearly every offensive snap during the regular season, and opening holes for Crimson Tide running back Shaun Alexander, who gained 1,383 yards rushing.[3]

Professional career

Samuels was considered the premier offensive tackles prospect in the 2000 NFL Draft.[5][6] He did not work out at the NFL Combine after sustaining an injury to his right knee. He was drafted third overall by the Washington Redskins, who had given up two first-round picks (16th and 24th) 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.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 12 in
(1.97 m)
325 lb
(147 kg)
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Washington Redskins

Samuels at the 2008 Pro Bowl.
Excellent athlete, good run man and pass blocker, and can run like a deer. We isolate him one on one like we did with Lachey and leave him on the same guy the whole game. He’s like Gilligan, he’s got this guy the whole game.
— Joe Bugel, former Redskins offensive line coach.[8]

Samuels immediately became the starting left tackle for the Redskins and was then selected to six Pro Bowls. In 2000, Samuels was one of only four players on offense to start every game, joining Jon Jansen, Mark Fischer and Stephen Alexander. Samuels won co-Offensive Rookie of the Month for October with Dolphins tackle Todd Wade. He missed the last three quarters in the season finale vs. Arizona with a neck injury.[3] In 2001, Samuels started all 16 regular-season games at left tackle and was voted to the Pro Bowl, he earned game balls, along with the rest of the offensive line, for two games: vs. Seattle and at New Orleans.[3] Samuels was featured on the cover of the December 3, 2001 issue of Sports Illustrated along with running back Stephen Davis after becoming the first team in NFL history to lose its first five games, then go on to win its next five games.[3]

In 2002, Samuels started 15 regular-season games at left tackle and earned his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl. He was also voted as the Redskins 2002 Ed Block Courage Award winner.[3] In 2003, he started 13 regular-season games at left tackle and missed games vs. New Orleans, at New York Giants and vs. Dallas because of a knee injury.[3]

In 2004, he started all 16 regular-season games at left tackle and helped running back Clinton Portis rush for 1,315 yards, becoming only the fourth Redskin in history to do so in a single season.[3]

Samuels was 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. In 2005, he started all 16 regular-season games and two postseason contests at left tackle. He was named to the Pro Bowl after helped open up running lanes for Clinton Portis to rush for a franchise-record 1,516 yards.[3] In 2006, he started all 16 regular-season games at left tackle. He helped Ladell Betts rush for a career-best 1,154 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Samuels was named to the Pro Bowl for the second consecutive season.[3]

In 2007, Samuels was named to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season and started all 16 regular-season games and one postseason contest at left tackle. He paved the way for the Redskins to post their third highest all-time rushing total in a single game ( 296 yards on 48 carries) at New York Jets on November 4.[3] 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.[9] 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."[10]

In 2008, Samuels was named a Team Captain played and started in 12 regular season games and was inactive in one contest with knee cartilage irritation at Detroit on October 26, seeing his consecutive starting streak snapped at 73 games. He was placed on Injured Reserve by a triceps tear on December 9, 2008, and missed the last three games. Samuels was named to the 2008 Pro Bowl but did not play because of the triceps injury. He paved the way for Clinton Portis to rank fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,487) and total yards from scrimmage (1,705). Portis tied for the NFL lead in total first downs (82) with Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte and Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner.[3] Samuels helped Portis to have the second-most rushing yards (1,487) in a single-season in club history and opened up running lanes for Portis to post more than 120 yards rushing in five consecutive contests (121 rushing yards, at Dallas; 145 at Philadelphia; 129 vs. St. Louis; 175 vs. Cleveland, and 126 at Detroit.[3] Samuels led the way for Portis to tie a club record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (5 straight contests in 2008), a record shared by Rob Goode (1951), Portis (2005) and Ladell Betts (2006).[3]

Samuels suffered through temporary upper-body paralysis based on compression of his neck during a helmet to helmet hit while in pass protection on a play against the Carolina Panthers on October 11, 2009. The injury was determined to be related to spinal stenosis, a condition that he was diagnosed with as a child. Due to the risk of incurring a long-term, severe injury related to his condition by continuing his career, he retired from the NFL on March 4, 2010, based on advice from his doctors.[11]

Post–playing career

Samuels indicated during his retirement press conference with the Washington Redskins that he intended to continue his career in football and become a coach.[11] In 2010, he participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship as an assistant to the Redskins' offensive line coach Chris Foerster.[12] In February 2011, Samuels volunteered as the offensive coordinator at Mattie T. Blount High School in Prichard, Alabama.[13] At Blount, he helped lead the Leopards to an overall record of 10–2 and an appearance in the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs.[14] After only one season at Blount, in January 2012 Samuels returned to the University of Alabama to serve as a student assistant coach for Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.[14] At Alabama, he will serve as an assistant offensive line coach in addition to working to complete his degree in physical education.[14] In 2015, he left Alabama to become a high school coach at Osbourn H.S. in Manassas Virginia.[15] Samuels was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class.[16] In November 2016, Samuels stepped down from the Osbourn football coach job.[17]


He is the younger brother of Arena Football League player and coach Lawrence Samuels. He married longtime girlfriend Monique Cox in March 2012. They reside in a 9,000-square-foot house in Vienna, Virginia.


  1. ^ Maese, Rick (March 2, 2010), "Redskins look to patch offensive line holes in free agency, draft", Washington Post.
  2. ^ Davis, Nate (March 3, 2010), "Redskins confirm Pro Bowl LT Chris Samuels will retire Thursday", USA Today.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Washington Redskins bio Archived February 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Mannix, Kevin (April 14, 2000), "'Bama behemoth tops so-so crop", Boston Herald, 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.
  6. ^ "2000 NFL Draft Profile: Chris Samuels",, 2000
  7. ^ "Chris Samuels Draft Profile",, retrieved January 18, 2010
  8. ^ "10 For 80 Redskins Legacy: Chris Samuels". Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Mayer, Larry (December 15, 2007). "Samuels calls Bears coach to apologize for block". Retrieved September 7, 2008.
  10. ^ Canavan, Tom (September 5, 2008). "Giants DE Kiwanuka accuses Samuels of dirty play". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 7, 2008.
  11. ^ a b "Realizing risks, Redskins' Samuels quits". news services. March 4, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  12. ^ "Retired UA great Chris Samuels tackling new gig as coach". Press-Register. Mobile, Alabama: September 21, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  13. ^ Boren, Cindy (February 9, 2011). "Chris Samuels will be offensive coordinator at Alabama high school". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c Scalici, Matt (January 24, 2012). "Chris Samuels returns to Alabama to pursue degree, coaching career". Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  15. ^ "Redskins great Chris Samuels leaves Alabama to become head coach in Virginia". January 30, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  16. ^ "James Brooks, Chris Samuels highlight Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "Former Washington Redskin Chris Samuels steps down as Osbourn's head football coach". Retrieved April 11, 2017.

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1997 All-SEC football team

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The Tennessee Volunteers won the conference, beating the Auburn Tigers 30 to 29 in the SEC Championship game.

Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, was voted the AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Vanderbilt and Tennessee linebackers Jamie Duncan and Leonard Little tied for AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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The team entered the season trying to build upon a 7–5 record from their 1998 season. The 1999 team had tremendous success. After a stunning last second loss to Louisiana Tech early in the year, they eventually finished with a 9–2 regular season record (7–1 in the SEC). This included defeating Auburn on the road for the first time ever. The team went on to the 1999 SEC Championship Game where they defeated Florida for the second time for the year. Alabama played Michigan in the 2000 Orange Bowl and suffered a 35–34 loss in overtime, due to a missed extra point. Alabama had beaten Florida during the regular season by a single point in overtime, also due to a missed extra point.

1999 All-SEC football team

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The Alabama Crimson Tide won the conference, beating the Florida Gators 34 to 7 in the SEC Championship game.

Alabama running back Shaun Alexander was unanimously voted the coaches SEC Player of the Year and was selected as the AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Tennessee safety Deon Grant was voted the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

1999 College Football All-America Team

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The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original usage of the term All-America seems to have been to such a list selected by football pioneer Walter Camp in the 1890s. The NCAA officially recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, FN, and the WCFF to determine Consensus All-Americans.

2000 Washington Redskins season

The 2000 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 64th in Washington, D.C.. They failed to improve on their 10–6 record from 1999 and they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Norv Turner, in his sixth season as the Redskins head coach, was fired the day after Week 14, in which they went 7-6. He was replaced by Terry Robiskie for the final two games.

This was the final season the Redskins wore the screen printed name and numbers on jerseys.

The off-season dominated when owner Dan Snyder acquired veteran free agents Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and Mark Carrier. Smith would remain with the Redskins until 2003 while both Carrier and Sanders left the team at the end of the season, though Sanders returned to play for the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.

The season is notable for the Redskins drafting future Pro Bowlers Lavar Arrington and Chris Samuels with the second and third overall picks respectively in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

2002 Pro Bowl

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2002 Washington Redskins season

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2003 Pro Bowl

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Following the season, defensive tackle Bruce Smith retired after 19 seasons in the NFL, Pro Bowl defensive back Champ Bailey would be traded to the Denver Broncos and head coach Steve Spurrier left after spending only two seasons coaching the Redskins.

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They improved on their 5–11 record from 2003 to 6-10, but missed the playoffs. It was also the season of Joe Gibbs’ return as head coach after coming out of retirement. The team acquired running back Clinton Portis in a trade that sent Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos in the 2004 off-season.

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In their return to the postseason, the Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opening round, but a loss to the Seattle Seahawks the following week ended their season. The Seahawks went on to become NFC Champions.

This season is the last season to date in which Washington won a playoff game. They have gone 0–4 in playoff games since, losing three of them (including in this 2005 season) to Seattle.

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The game was the most watched Pro Bowl since 2000, pulling in a Nielsen rating of 6.3 and a 12 share. It also marked the first ever Pro Bowl to be televised by Fox. The 2008 Pro Bowl also marked the fewest players represented by a Super Bowl winning team, with Osi Umenyiora being the lone representative of the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLII.

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