Players

Asante Samuel
CB #22
Height:
5-10
Weight:
185
College:
Central Florida
Experience:
11
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 157 433 393 40 0 0 146 51 6 728 -- 79
2013 ATL 11 30 29 1 0 -- 4 1 0 1 1 1
2012 ATL 15 36 34 2 0 0 19 5 1 110 22 79
2011 PHI 14 34 30 4 0 0 10 3 1 53 17.7 20
2010 PHI 11 26 22 4 0 -- 14 7 0 70 10 33
2009 PHI 16 40 39 1 0 -- 16 9 0 117 13 37
2008 PHI 15 35 31 4 0 0 22 4 1 64 16 50
2007 NE 16 44 41 3 0 0 18 6 1 89 14.8 42
2006 NE 15 64 59 5 0 -- 14 10 0 120 12 33
2005 NE 15 54 44 10 0 -- 13 3 0 15 5 15
2004 NE 13 36 34 2 0 0 11 1 1 34 34 34
2003 NE 16 34 30 4 0 0 5 2 1 55 27.5 55
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 157 1 1 7 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
2013 ATL 11 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 ATL 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2011 PHI 14 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 0 -- -- --
2010 PHI 11 1 1 0 -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 0 0
2009 PHI 16 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 -- -- -- --
2008 PHI 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2007 NE 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2006 NE 15 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NE 15 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 NE 13 -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2003 NE 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --

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Biography

2012 (FALCONS)

Recorded 38 tackles (35 solo) with five interceptions, one touchdown and 18 passes defensed in his first season with the Falcons. According to Stats LLC., allowed just 39 completions on 74 defensive targets, with quarterbacks completing only 52.7 percent of passes thrown his way. Notched his first interception as a Falcon, picking off QB Carson Palmer vs Oakland (10/14). Returned the pick 79 yards for a touchdown. Including postseason, his 10 interception returns for touchdowns rank fifth in NFL history. Intercepted QB Drew Brees' first pass attempt at New Orleans (11/11) for his second interception of the season. Added two tackles and three passes defensed. Picked off QB Eli Manning's first pass attempt of the game vs. New York (12/16), marking the fourth time he has intercepted Manning in 11 regular season meetings. Collared five tackles (five solo) and picked off his fourth pass of the season at Detroit (12/22). Picked off passes in back-to-back games for the first time as a Falcon. Closed out the regular season with interceptions in each of the final three games, including a pick in the season finale against Tampa Bay (12/30). Recorded his 50th career regular season interception in the 2012 season finale. Became one of 10 cornerbacks to intercept 50 passes in his career and just the 39th player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. According to Stats LLC., Samuel is the second fastest cornerback in NFL history to reach 50 career regular season interceptions, accomplishing the feat in just 146 games (Lem Bailey, 114).

TRANSACTIONS

Originally selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an unrestricted free agent on February 29, 2008. Acquired by the Falcons in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 25, 2011.

2012 (FALCONS)

Recorded 38 tackles (35 solo) with five interceptions, one touchdown and 18 passes defensed in his first season with the Falcons. According to Stats LLC., allowed just 39 completions on 74 defensive targets, with quarterbacks completing only 52.7 percent of passes thrown his way. Notched his first interception as a Falcon, picking off QB Carson Palmer vs Oakland (10/14). Returned the pick 79 yards for a touchdown. Including postseason, his 10 interception returns for touchdowns rank fifth in NFL history. Intercepted QB Drew Brees' first pass attempt at New Orleans (11/11) for his second interception of the season. Added two tackles and three passes defensed. Picked off QB Eli Manning's first pass attempt of the game vs. New York (12/16), marking the fourth time he has intercepted Manning in 11 regular season meetings. Collared five tackles (five solo) and picked off his fourth pass of the season at Detroit (12/22). Picked off passes in back-to-back games for the first time as a Falcon. Closed out the regular season with interceptions in each of the final three games, including a pick in the season finale against Tampa Bay (12/30). Recorded his 50th career regular season interception in the 2012 season finale. Became one of 10 cornerbacks to intercept 50 passes in his career and just the 39th player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. According to Stats LLC., Samuel is the second fastest cornerback in NFL history to reach 50 career regular season interceptions, accomplishing the feat in just 146 games (Lem Bailey, 114).

COLLEGE

Recorded 127 tackles (102 solo), with eight interceptions, 38 passes defensed, 63 punt returns for 673 yards (10.8 avg.), and 10 kickoff returns for 168 yards (16.8 avg.). His 38 career pass breakups set a new school record, breaking the previous record of 34 set by Greg Atterberry (1981-85). Provided solid leadership in the secondary as well as on special teams, where he was chosen by his teammates to be a captain. As a senior in 2002, earned All Mid-American Conference first-team honors after recording 48 tackles (42 solo) with three tackles for loss and a team-high four interceptions. Also posted a team-high 15 passes defensed. Was named an All-Independent first-team selection by Football News as a junior in 2001. Made 41 tackles,(31 solo) with two interceptions and a team-high 13 passes defensed. Posted 26 tackles (23 solo) with two interceptions and six passes defensed as a sophomore. Played in every game at free safety during his freshman season in 1999.

PERSONAL

Has four children, one son A.J. and three daughters, Ashante, Amaya and Aleesa. A.J. plays quarterback and safety for the Lauderhill Lions of a Pop Warner league and his team won the Super Bowl in 2010. Was a versatile athlete at Boyd Anderson High School, where he playered DB, QB, KR and PR. Earned All-State and All-County honors as a senior DB, tallying 75 tackles and four interceptions. Also saw significant action at QB. As a junior he threw for 1,800 yards and rushed for 500 yards. Ten minutes before his final high school game, he replaced his team’s injured starting quarterback and went on to throw two touchdown passes, intercepted two more on defense, and also rushed for 80 yards. Also lettered in basketball and baseball and was an all-county selection as a point guard. Led his team in home runs despite his primary position being pitcher.

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