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Posted at 3:59 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Report: Chris Samuels will be offensive coordinator at Alabama high school

By Cindy Boren

Chris Samuels will be an offensive coordinator next fall -- at the high school in Blount, Ala.

"He just said that if he got an opportunity, he'd love to come down [to coach]," Blount Coach Kevin Sigler told "To have somebody that played on all three levels, it was hard for me to turn down."

Samuels, who retired after the 2009 season, was a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Redskins and was a coaching intern with them last year.

Because he is not certified to teach, he officially will be a volunteer coach and, to satisfy requirements for that position, will be a substitute teacher. Samuels, who did not respond to calls from, worked with the team as a volunteer coach last spring.

"He's not doing it for the money," Sigler said. "He basically wants to give to the kids."

According to, Sigler and Samuels were teammates at Scarbrough Middle School and Shaw High in Mobile. Both signed with Alabama in 1995.

Of his internship with the Redskins, Samuels said: "My payment is knowledge. That's what I told Coach [Mike Shanahan]. 'You don't have to give me anything. I just want to stick around and learn.' "

By Cindy Boren  | February 9, 2011; 3:59 PM ET
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Way to go Chris! Refreshing story about an athlete showing some human decency. Wishing him sincerely all the best!

Posted by: CalleJoFan | February 9, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Chris Samuels is a class act. He is just going to give back. Good for him. Good luck and much success!

Posted by: mjwies11 | February 9, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Good for Chris. Wish he could've stuck around here to mentor the young bucks with the 'skins. Good luck, man.

Posted by: harbirsingh | February 10, 2011 7:19 AM | Report abuse

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