Today Chris Samuels retired from the Washington Redskins, making official what most of us have known for quite some time. Often, it is difficult to see how great a player is when he is a part of a team that loses more than it wins. However Samuels was a durable as they come, and should be remembered for his hard work ethic and dedication to this team and community, rather that the subpar seasons he participated in.
Highly touted by Norv Turner, the Redskins struck rare gold by having the number 2 and number 3 pick in the 2000 draft. Being selected immediately after LaVar Arrington, these two draft selectees were to be face of the franchise for years to come. Arrington happily filled that role, and was much more noticeable. None the less Samuels was not one lack in contributions. Anchored by he and Jon Jansen, drafted one year earlier, these two men were to be the cornerstone on which the Redskins offense was built. Success may not have been plenty, but foundation they provided surely lasted the test of time. From Marty to the Spurrier, from Gibbs to Zorn; Samuels saw much change but the guarantee he provided in his position of well executed football was a given day in and day out. He was a part of an offensive line that saw six of the best 10 rushing season in Redskins history. Making holes for Clinton Portis, Stephen Davis, and Ladell Betts, Samuels was a stall worth. Protecting the quarterback was also his specialty, rarely getting beat by his man. Going head to head with the best rushers is a testament to who he was as a player.
It is a shame he will never win a Super Bowl Championship as a player, but his attitude towards it is at a championship level. He will surely be missed by teammates and fans alike.