Cornerback Asante Samuel earned his third career Pro Bowl nod and second All-Pro nomination after netting nine interceptions, which tied for the league lead in 2009. In this wide ranging interview with Khalil Garriott from NFLPlayers.com, Samuel talks about his road to becoming an elite cornerback, the meaning of his name and what his numerous tattoos represent.
Q: How have you benefitted from guarding all the good receivers the Eagles have, on a daily basis during practice?
A: When you have good receivers at practice every day, of course it's going to make you better. It's always a different challenge to do it on the field. It's different in a game situation than in practice.
Q: How would you describe the journey of your career to this point?
A: It's been a long journey, a long struggle. But it makes you a better man and it makes you work hard to try to make it to the top. I wouldn't change it for the world. I enjoy it and go work hard every day and appreciate it.
Q: What do you think when people call you the best cornerback in the league?
A: I don't know, I don't define it. I don't know who came up with the term ""shut-down (corner),"" but I just try to go out and play ball the way I know how, and make plays to help my team out.
To read the complete interview, click here.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:40 p.m., January 31