Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel’s mother passed away on Tuesday

FLOWERY BRANCH — Cornerback Asante Samuel’s mother Christine passed away Tuesday morning.

He has been excused from practice this week. She  was battling a long sickness.

“She’s just sick and going through a tough time,” Samuel told the AJC in October.

“We all sent our condolences and let it be known that we are in his corner and have his back,” safety Thomas DeCoud said. “Whenever we had a little bit time off, he’d bounce back to Florida to be with her.”

Samuel wanted to be traded to the Falcons in part so that he could be closer to South Florida.

“He’s a professional,” DeCoud said. “He knows how to separate his personal life and his professional life.

If you looked at him every day, you’d never know that something that big was bothering him. It’s a testament to his character as a person.”

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Super Bowl Shuffle

January 4th, 2013
3:39 pm

My prayers go out to you and your family, Asante. Stay strong!

Swingman912

January 4th, 2013
3:39 pm

My condolences to Pick 6 Deuce Duece and his family.

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 4th, 2013
3:40 pm

Our prayers are out to you samuel man, our team will win this game in honor of your mother for bringing such a talent to the game of football. Lets go falcons

Hankie Aron

January 4th, 2013
3:50 pm

Sorry for your loss Asante. Hang in there brother. It’s never easy losing a loved one but you only have 1 mom. God bless you.

JSS

January 4th, 2013
4:36 pm

Condolences to the Samuels family, may her rest bring peace…

dirtybrid4life

January 4th, 2013
4:42 pm

god bless u man…. mom gone home and in a better place now…..falcons family got ur back…………………………………………..WIN IT FOR 22

Boss J

January 4th, 2013
4:52 pm

Prayers to Asante and Family!! May God provide you all with comfort and strength during this time!

joe

January 4th, 2013
4:52 pm

Asante you have my condolences.My MOTHER passed when i was three months old.It’s been a often thought,I wished to have had her in my life.GOD BLESS YOU.

Showdown

January 4th, 2013
4:57 pm

God Bless the Asante and his family. Stay strong brother.

True Falcon Fan

January 4th, 2013
4:58 pm

My sincere condolences to you #22 & family, RIP to your mother!!! Falcons nation is with you my brother!!!

Isaiah 20:20

Go Falcons!~!~!

THE FAN

January 4th, 2013
5:19 pm

My prayers go out to you and your family, look to the heavens above for comfort. RIP Mrs. Samuels!!!!

Mike L.

January 4th, 2013
5:30 pm

That has to be the toughest part of being a pro athlete. Life and death happens while you have a job that you just can’t miss. We lost a family member last week and it was like having 10 days off with all that needed tending. Sorry for your loss, Asante. Glad you are on our side next week.

Ken

January 4th, 2013
5:32 pm

Prayers go out to the Samuels family. Look to God for comfort and strength.

Esquire

January 4th, 2013
6:01 pm

Mama Samuel, be blessed in the Kingdom of God, be Joyous in the comfort of Jesus, may the warmth of the Holy Spirit envelope you eternally.

We’re with you Asante.

DePlane

January 4th, 2013
6:32 pm

God bless you and your family Asante, the Falcon Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dat Dude

January 4th, 2013
7:07 pm

Asante’, God bless you and your family during this time of bereavement. Jeremiah 29:11-13 God’s got you……..

D-BLOCK Section 126

January 4th, 2013
7:20 pm

Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to the Samuel family!!!

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Samuel

January 4th, 2013
7:49 pm

Losing a mother can be very difficult, being said that, everything seems to work it’s way out. I hope and pray that he’ll be strong for his family. God Bless!

sad

January 4th, 2013
7:59 pm

Love and prayers to ya Asante.

NumberOneDirtyBird

January 4th, 2013
8:29 pm

Love and Prayers Asante! I lost my mother 15 years ago and you only get one and you miss them forever!

Loyal Falcon

January 4th, 2013
8:51 pm

My condolences go out to Double Duece and his family. (StayStrong)

just falcons

January 5th, 2013
12:21 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Samuel family.

Greg M

January 5th, 2013
12:41 am

Asante, Bro you are I my Prayers. Look to Higher for Comfort!

bullrusher1

January 5th, 2013
2:06 am

We feel for you Asante. You’re a great guy, a fun guy, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having you on our team. Prayers to your family #22.

Roy

January 5th, 2013
6:08 am

I feel your pain, I loss my mother in 1999 at the early age of 54 to lung cancer. Be strong and remember that earth has know sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Love from a life time Falcon fan.

Gritsfalcon

January 5th, 2013
6:24 am

Very sorry to hear that Asante Samuel’s mother has passed. I wish to coney my condolences to him and his family.

Gritsfalcon

January 5th, 2013
6:25 am

Very sorry to read that Asante Samuel’s mother has passed. I wish to convey my condolences to Asante and his family.

Zoomie

January 5th, 2013
7:24 am

Praying for God to bestow peace and comfort on Asante Samuel and his family.

VAJIM

January 5th, 2013
9:00 am

So sorry for your loss. Know in you mind and heart she will be watching you win another SB ring in Feb.

dean

January 5th, 2013
9:19 am

“Blessed is he who does not stumble on my account.”

Our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones.

D man

January 5th, 2013
10:18 am

Life’s not fair sometimes Asante. Your Mom’s with God now and at peace. One thing’s for sure, it’s a safe bet to say your Mom was very proud to have a son that plays in the NFL. God bless you and your family.

Larry

January 5th, 2013
10:25 am

Both of my parents have now passed so use this opportunity to call your mother and father and tell them specifically why you are thankful for them.

Have no regrets as we will all one day be sitting on the first pew…

Big Daddy Dawg

January 5th, 2013
10:49 am

love watching you play but some things are more important than football. prayers with you brother. have been where you are at. God Bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gamer

January 5th, 2013
11:49 am

Sad to hear the passing of your mother Asante…..I pray that God grace you through the loss of your mother……My mother passed away in 2011 and God gave me grace through it….It was tough but God grace me through it by good memories of her…..And I know that she is in a better place with Christ Jesus….

The Falcons need you to be on your ‘A’ game throughout the playoffs……I pray for your MVP game level focus to be illustrious throughout the postseason….

Falcons on three, DOMINATE!!!

cdog

January 5th, 2013
12:16 pm

may the LORD be with you and your family asante. i love you.may GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.

bigdave

January 5th, 2013
1:09 pm

condolences .. best wishes to you in time of grieving.

Joseph A. Bank

January 5th, 2013
2:27 pm

Sorry to hear of the loss Asante. We are all thinking of you, family, and friends.

SirReal

January 5th, 2013
2:44 pm

This just shows the true class of Atlanta fans. We all know this transcends football by a long shot. I’m quite sure 22 appreciates all the love being shown here. I can only imagine how he feels. I know that day will come for me but you always hope its like at least when your kids go off to college. May you be healed during this tough time Asante. To everyone else here who has gone through this, my hat is off to you because I have friends and my fiance who have lost theirs. Its tough to watch let alone experience. Much love to you all. Let’s continue to love man. This is how we can truly make this world a better place. :)

reggiej

January 6th, 2013
1:23 pm

May the good Lord bless you and your family during this time of grief. Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. You are part of my sports family and I grieve with yours. I hope you can take comfort in knowing we as Falcon fans are deeply sorry to hear about the death of your mom. Asante our prayers are with you take care.

jim johnson

January 6th, 2013
2:26 pm

Asante, May the Lord continue to protect you and cover you. You are in my prayers. I met you last
Sunday after the game. Your mother and I played in the band together at Lane College and I pledged with your father. You are a perfect example of who they are and you will always be blessed
God Bless. Look me up.
Happy BD

Lynn

January 6th, 2013
6:50 pm

Condolences to you Asante and your entire family.

Titletown Falcon Fan

January 7th, 2013
8:52 am

Either the moderators cleaned this blog up or there is hope for the world..so proud to be a Falcon fan after reading these responses…God Bless #22 and family.

Matt

January 7th, 2013
8:05 pm

I’m so sorry asante, god bless you and your grief. Aside everything you have gone through I am so happy you are a falcon, not just because of your play, but because of your integrity.