Darius Slay pleads case for former Eagles cornerback to make Hall of Fame
Following a season where they recorded an NFL-worst 19 takeaways, the Eagles signed All-Pro cornerback Asante Samuel to a six-year deal in 2008.
Samuel went on to have a stellar four-year campaign in Philadelphia, logging 23 interceptions and 64 pass breakups in midnight green.
Despite going to four consecutive Pro Bowls and being amongst the interception leaders in the history books, Samuel has yet to be nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Someone should do a break down for the @ProFootballHOF showing the numbers and comparisons. The pro bowls, who made it only playing 3 games in a season a so on. They need to fix this. I may never make it. But I will help to get it fixed. #pick6 #HOF— Asante Samuel (@pick_six22) September 13, 2018
Samuel led the NFL with 10 INTs in 2006 and nine of them in 2009, in addition to winning two Super Bowls with New England.
He indeed has the Hall of Fame resume, especially when comparing it to other members who have been inducted at his position:
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Current Eagles cornerback Darius Slay is having an All-Pro caliber season himself and was just selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.
Slay shared the same sentiments when asked about his own Hall of Fame chances, stating that if Samuel hasn’t gotten in, it’ll be challenging to get inducted himself.
Slay has one All-Pro selection, 23 career INTs and 119 pass breakups in nine seasons.
Representing the “Big Play” moniker long before Slay was in the league, few cornerbacks affected a game quite like Asante Samuel did. Perhaps he gets in one day, but to not even be considered with over 100 nominees annually is egregious.
Don’t even get me started on Eric Allen.
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