Jan. 13, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – An outstanding offensive tackle and part of the University of Alabama football team that won the 1999 Southeastern Conference Championship, Chris Samuels is among the eight individuals set to be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016.
Samuels was a four-year member of the Crimson Tide. He was starting among the offensive line by the end of his freshman season and would go on to start 42 consecutive games, in which he never gave up a single sack.
The native of Mobile capped his career in tremendous fashion, not allowing a quarterback hurry once during the 1999 season while helping pave the way for Alabama running back Shaun Alexander. Samuels was named an all-SEC first team performer by both the conference’s coaches and the associated press while also being recognized as a consensus first team All-American.
Samuels also took home some prestigious hardware thanks to his efforts throughout the 1999 season. He was awarded with the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the conference’s most outstanding blocker. He followed that up by being named the Outland Trophy winner, which annually is given to the nation’s best interior lineman. Samuels was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, which goes to college football’s best lineman or linebacker each season, as well.
Drafted third overall by the Washington Redskins in the 2000 NFL Draft, Samuels played his entire professional career with the franchise. From 2000-09, he played in 141 games, starting all 141. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, helping Washington reach the playoffs in both 2005 and 2007. He retired from the NFL in 2010.
Samuels returned to Tuscaloosa in 2012 to serve as an assistant offensive line coach while working on completing his degree in physical education. Prior to the start of the 2015 football season, Samuels was named the head football coach at Osbourn High School in Manassas, Va.
The newly elected Inductees for the Class of 2016 are as follows:
James Brooks – Football
David Cutcliffe – Coaching
Jim Fulmer – Basketball
Oscar Gamble – Baseball
Martha Jones Lang – Golf
Chris Samuels – Football
Calvin Smith – Track and Field
Andrew Toney – Basketball
The newly elected eight inductees will bring the total of all Inductees since 1969 to 336.
The 48th Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 21, 2016. For more Reception and Banquet Ticket Information can be purchased by contacting the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum.
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