Motherly Love led Samuel to accept deal with the Falcons

(ABOVE: Some of Asante Samuel’s presser with the media on Thursday. After he took his helmet off and the cameras went away, he talked to me about his mother Christine. –dol)

FLOWERY BRANCH — For a couple of days during training camp, there was a rare silence that rolled over the practice fields at the Falcons’ facilities.

Asante Samuel, the new “Mouth of the South,” was given time off to travel to Florida to comfort his ailing mother, Christine.

“She’s just sick and going through a tough time,” Samuel said. “She’s doing well now. She’s fighting hard every day. Her spirit is up.”

Samuel, who’s set to play against his former team the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, was not comfortable revealing her illness.

But growing up in a single-parent home with two siblings, the Samuels often moved around the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area and sometimes resorted to living in hotels.

During his rookie season with New England in 2003, his mother was living in a hotel until he purchased a condo.

So, when the Eagles, his second team, decided to part ways with Samuel last spring, he fought to get traded to a good team close to his mother.

“That was very, very important,” Samuel said. “We are going through a situation in the family. The family is No. 1 to me. I’ve got to do what I have to do to help out the best way I can.”

Inspired by how his mother scrambled to raise the kids and keep the family together, Samuel started a foundation, Bring It Home Moms (bhsinglemoms.org), to help other single parents.

“Growing up in a single-family home, that’s one thing that I realize and one thing that I support a lot, is single parents,” Samuel said. “They have the kids of the future. I just want to help out the best way that I can after going through the situation that I went through.”

Also, he’s been in touch with Falcons part-owner and former running back Warrick Dunn, who runs a similar foundation that gives away homes to single parents.

“I definitely will take his advice moving forward,” Samuel said.

It’s been an emotional week for Samuel as the undefeated Falcons (6-0) are set to face a hungry Eagles (3-3) team. In addition to being concerned for his mother, he’s set to face the team that traded him for a lowly seventh-round draft pick after he garnered 23 interceptions for them from 2008-11.

“I know he’s emotional,” said tight end Tony Gonzalez, who returned to play his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs this season. “He’s been letting us have it all week. This is the most excited that I’ve ever seen him.”

While Samuel may have worn out his welcome in Philadelphia, the Falcons have embraced him and his chatter. Coach Mike Smith has repeatedly said Samuel’s chatter is always positive, and he tends to liven practices with his boisterous quips.

“Players that have that kind of swag are going to let you know what’s on their mind,” Gonzalez said. “As long as you go out there and back it up, and he backs it up, then I have no problem.”

As the games get closer, Samuel calms himself down and gets seriously focused, Smith said.

Behind all of that talk is a serious competitor, and he helped to bail out the Falcons with an interception, his first with the team, that he returned 79 yards for a touchdown in the 23-20 win over Oakland on Oct. 14.

After the trade, there was a blog report in The Philadelphia Inquirer that stated the Eagles felt Samuel was in “steep decline.”

“I didn’t feel that way and it’s obvious, if you saw the interception that he had,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He had to run more than 10 yards to run that touchdown and he looked pretty fast doing it. That’s not how I felt. No.”

Samuel was steaming mad about the comment. But, he seems to have cooled down a bit with kickoff approaching.

“No decline in 22, right?” said Samuel, when told of Reid’s comments. “He just wanted to clear that up?”

Samuel is looking forward to playing against Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

“He’s a great talent,” Vick said. “Seeing him on the other side of the ball is going to be different.”

In a little tweetfest, Samuel claimed that he didn’t take any shots at Reid, who fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo on Oct. 16.

“Juan is my guy,” Samuel said. “He had the 12th (ranked) defense in the league. He was doing a good job as (best) I could see. It’s just unfortunate that he had to resign from his job or whatever.”

When the Eagles and Falcons were working out the deal — it was complicated because Samuel had to agree to a renegotiated contract — Reid stayed in touch with Samuel during the process.

“It was a joint thing,” Samuel said. “Atlanta was the place where I wanted to come. They tried to not let me come to Atlanta of course, but we got it done.”

Now, he has a new home and checks on his mother in a timely manner.

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48 comments Add your comment

ProudTechFan

October 26th, 2012
4:11 pm

I didnt know Asante was going through this all season with his ailing mother. I wish her all the best, family first. Things may not have ended under the best circumstances in Philly for Mr. Samuel, but things like this happen for a reason. Not only can he be a little bit closer to his mother and his family, but he can play for a contender and a class organization.
Go Falcons!!!

and my best to Asante Samuel and his mother

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John

October 26th, 2012
4:43 pm

Pick 6….That’s just what we do

Falcon_4_Life

October 26th, 2012
5:18 pm

All Falcons fans are GLAD you came Asante, Hope and praying your mother starts feeling LOTS better!!!!!! Now go take it to Reid and the Eagles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SeenThisB4

October 26th, 2012
5:18 pm

Go Eagles! Go Coach Killa! GEAUX SAINTS!!!

Esquire

October 26th, 2012
5:26 pm

Asante, we are glad you are here. Moms are the best!!

Esquire

October 26th, 2012
5:28 pm

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Th

October 26th, 2012
6:05 pm

What Falcon 4 Life said.

Any news on postponing the game yet?

atlfalconsfan0125

October 26th, 2012
6:25 pm

Sausage King of Chicago

October 26th, 2012
6:26 pm

Hope that Motherly Love turns into some Brotherly Love in the form of five Eagles turnovers on Sunday. Hope Michael Turner is rested ’cause Sandy’s going to wreack havoc on a passing game.

atlfalconsfan0125

October 26th, 2012
6:26 pm

The italics is killing me.

Sausage King of Chicago

October 26th, 2012
6:27 pm

Enter your comments here

greg

October 26th, 2012
6:43 pm

motherly love my foot. He didn’t have any takers and dirty turds were desperate.

Lol

greg

October 26th, 2012
6:44 pm

Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the EAGLES!! We are the EAGLES!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY EAGLES, MIGHTY MIGHTY EAGLES !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

greg

October 26th, 2012
6:45 pm

TAKE THAT BIYATCH ESQUIRE

greg

October 26th, 2012
6:49 pm

I pity you turds fans…M ryan will be hit and sacked and roughed up like ragged doll. Roddy ”idiot” white and Polio jones will be without an address.. Ohh we will let grandpa gonzales to catch some balls.

Go Mighty Eagles !

SeenThisB4

October 26th, 2012
7:09 pm

gator mcklusky

October 26th, 2012
7:17 pm

i knew when i went to friday night lights at peachtree ridge high school and watched this time, something had totally changed with the attitude. god bless pick duece duece and praying for his mother and while im at it somebody better get on thier knees and pray for that dog killer #7, falcons by 28 points, i swear to god allmighty. where is matt choke ryan lately?

David

October 26th, 2012
7:44 pm

To STB4 and greg, Eat $hit and die.

MyThoughts

October 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

Wish your Mom the best. I lost mine last month ! She was 87 I took off work the last 22 months to take care of here even tho she lived with me for many years. Spend all the time you can with her !!! God bless !

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SeenThisB4

October 26th, 2012
8:39 pm

@David: Eat $hit and Die? What are you, stuck in the 1970s? What’s your next–Up your nose with a rubber hose? What a milquetoast you are!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
8:47 pm

I have a question to Mr. SeenThisB4. I get that you dont like the Falcons and you hate Matt Ryan………Thats cool but why did you disappear form the AJC and ESPN when the Saints were 0-4. IMO that makes you either a band wagon Saints fan OR someone that cant take the smack talk?
I’ve called you out about this issue and have yet to get a response. I would just like to know why you disappeared.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
8:50 pm

Because IMO you ride and die with your team as T.I. said earlier this week on First Take

SeenThisB4

October 26th, 2012
9:20 pm

@J Man: Disappeared? Perhaps in your opinion. I’ve been here the whole time. We’re still four games back, I would hardly call that not being able to take the smack talk.

At ESPN I got tired of getting flagged every other post for no reason, and getting my ability to post suspended, same here, I even had to change my handle over there to SeenThatB4 cause my regular handle still can’t post. At least over here I think it was my IP address that was blocked temporarily. I may be aggravating to you falcan’t fans, but rarely do I go over the line, though yeah, I guess sometimes I do toe the line, but not like some of the bafoons at ESPN and sometimes here. And unlike the imposters around here, I prefer to post under my own name.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:24 pm

I figured out how to quiet up “Bandwagon” Saints fans talking smack just bring up how they disappeared when “Their team” went 0-4. I give credit to the Saints fans that still supported their team when they were 0-4 but people like Matt “Choke” Ryan, Noodle Arm, Bayou Mudd Bugg, and of Course SeenThisB4 basically hid out and couldnt face the Falcons smack talk, but now they have won 2 games in a row they are back to talking Smack to the Falcons fans. All I gotta say is be consistant and Ride and Die with your team. Because talking smack and hiding out when your team loses is cowardly plain and simple.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:26 pm

Ok SeenThisB4 I do believe you got flagged because they have gotten out of control with the flagging. But you hid here as well man thats why I question you man why did you hide out here.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:29 pm

I dont mind smack talk my rule is be here win or loss. But yea AJC has blocked me in the past because I got on to D.O.B about his defending Fredi Gonzalez and he got mad. But I just found it ironic that we didnt hear from you for over a month.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:33 pm

But I’ll tell you what SeenThisB4 we have this website http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/ where all the NFC South and NFC North fans get together and debate and talk smack and if you want to go to a place where you wont get flagged go over there and we can debate. In fact I’ve posted several articles on the Falcons.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:35 pm

In fact all Fans are welcomed and we have nothing but love for the AJC and its writers.
http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/

SeenThisB4

October 26th, 2012
9:38 pm

No way over a month. I didn’t get blocked here till around week 3, and got back about a week later. LOL! Yeah, and I remember that I laid it thick on one of your buddies when we went down 0 and 3. Over at ESPN, I just don’t like that I have to use another handle.

SeenThisB4

October 26th, 2012
9:41 pm

Okay, I’ll check that site out next week. I’m out.

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:43 pm

Well I know some people cant take smack talk. And people love to flag you up when you are verbally dominating them. but come to http://watercoolersportsnetwork.com/ set you up a handle and go from there. Many people from ESPN that got tired of making a new account just decided to head here

Mikey

October 26th, 2012
9:44 pm

It’s so nice to have Asante on the field for us! He is doing a great job and this may be one of his best seasons. I don’t know what the Eagles were thinking… they must be in decline! My best to Asante’s mom… I hope she is doing better. GO ASANTE! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Joe Dirte formerally J-MAN

October 26th, 2012
9:58 pm

Sly Ty

October 26th, 2012
11:30 pm

@SeenthisB4: Please apologize to all Military Members who read this blog for your comments about cheering for Al Qaeda. That comment was a little bit to much, even for you.

JosephDaKoolest a.k.a No Answer For Julio

October 27th, 2012
4:52 am

Firts things first best wishes to Asunte’s mom hope all is well. I lost my mother 3 years ago so I definitely understand how he feels. Now glad Asunte wanted to come here, glad he and Dunte were willing to adjust their contracts. Thats the sign of players who want to win. We are delighted to have duece duece here in Atlanta. In Fact, I think we needed another starting corner to go along with Grimes and Dunta. We still need to get to the QB more and tackcle better but I like the direction that our D is going, and love Mike Nolans scheme and the new attitude (thanks to Asunte Samuel). Rise Up

redcoat

October 27th, 2012
5:52 am

Seen……..Sleeping good knowing your stupid al qaeda went well beyond your ignorant football remarks? I know you have no soul, but I will keep reminding you, and all from time to time of your non-apologetic self-serving attitude. You need to think about your “colorful” metaphors son.

joewhite

October 27th, 2012
7:50 am

Well mommy samuels hope you doing well, seems you raised great hard working family. I have always loved samuels before the falcons, So when we got him for nothing bascially I was happy. And so far we have loved your play, your swag and attitude. With that said I am sick and tired of the media, talking about the falcons 6-0 not playing anyone. This is the NFL you can only play your games on calender. You have to win the regular season to make it to the post season. This team this postseason we going somewhere. Falcons win 34-17 Samuels expose the eagles play book and he has the game of his life against his former team.

SUWANEE SOB

October 27th, 2012
8:52 am

i’ll cheer for stb4’s mom

DanJ

October 27th, 2012
9:10 am

I doubt that without the Declining Asante Samuel the Falcons would be 6-0.

RickinMacon

October 27th, 2012
9:54 am

Another Falcon’s acquisition that has proven a bust. Another d-back who likes to run his mouth, can’t and won’t try to tackle, and couldn’t cover a one-legged 90 year old woman with a walker running a route across the middle.

CamiloAtlanta

October 27th, 2012
12:00 pm

We were lucky to get this guy. We have the best team in the NFL no matter what losers say. Anybody supporting a team with a losing record posting on a 6-0 team’s blog, look in the mirror and tell yourself you aren’t as worthless as you feel. You can go out into the world and make something of yourself. Forget about your lousy football team till next September, when all things become equal again.

Mike Franklin

October 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

You look out at the field and see Samuel, Gonzales, Abraham, Turner, Jones, White, Ryan… and you know that it is finally time for them and your team.

It’s time… it’s OUR time. Time to RISE UP!

DB

October 27th, 2012
1:55 pm

Wait Asante Doesn’t want to tackle? You obviously don’t watch the games. He hurt his neck in the Carolina game and he was still out there tackling.

Brian Hunt

October 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

I predict that the Iggles are going to regret trading #22. Starting tomorrow, at 1PM!

ohhhhYEAH

October 27th, 2012
6:00 pm

@ RickinMacon

Uh….which db are you referring to? You mean the Asante Samuel who ran an INT back for us against the Raiders? Or do you mean the one who laid out Meachem in the Chargers game? Or are you talking about the one who has only gievn up one touchdown so far in 6 games? That the one you’re talkin about? Idiot

backatcha

October 28th, 2012
12:50 am

God bless Ms. Samuels!!!