Extra Points: Free agent frenzy

NFL fans who stopped at the grocery store on Tuesday afternoon or swung by school to pick up the kids after their extracurricular activities missed quite a bit.
Safety Ed Reed ponders retirement

Safety Ed Reed ponders retirement

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Baltimore all-pro safety Ed Reed says he is considering retirement after an eight-year NFL career.

Westbrook, 3 other starters miss practice

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Running back Brian Westbrook and three other Philadelphia starters missed practice Wednesday for the Eagles' upcoming playoff game with the New York Giants.

NFL: Philadelphia 30, Cleveland 10

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Donovan McNabb passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns Monday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 30-10 victory over Cleveland.

RB Westbrook and CB Samuel miss practice

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Philadelphia's RB Brian Westbrook and CB Asante Samuel sat out practice sessions Tuesday with the Eagles set to play Arizona Thursday.

Eagles sign CB Asante Samuel

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles made the first big signing of the NFL free agent season Friday, inking longtime New England cornerback Asante Samuel to a six-year deal.

Hester wins sixth 'player' honor

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Chicago's Devin Hester, who ran a kickoff and punt back for touchdowns against Denver, was named NFC special teams player of the week Wednesday.

NFL: New England 31, Philadelphia 28

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Laurence Maroney scored on a 4-yard fourth-quarter run to lift the unbeaten New England Patriots to a 31-28 victory Sunday over underdog Philadelphia.

LB Samuel rejoins New England

FOXBORO, Mass., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Linebacker Asante Samuel, designated the franchise player of the New England Patriots, ended his holdout and rejoined the team Monday.

NFL: Indianapolis 38, New England 34

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Joseph Addai scored on a last-minute, 3-yard run Sunday, sending the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl with a 38-34 victory over the New England Patriots.

Addai named top AFC player on offense

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Rookie running back Joseph Addai of Indianapolis has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

NFL: New England 17, Chicago 13

FOXBORO, Mass., Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Patriots' cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted three passes in a sloppy game that featured nine turnovers Sunday as New England beat Chicago, 17-13.

NFL: New England 20, Miami 10

FOXBORO, Mass., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Tom Brady tossed two touchdown passes Sunday to lead New England past the Miami Dolphins, 20-10.

NFL: New England 28, Jacksonville 3

FOXBORO, Mass., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Tom Brady tied a playoff career-high by throwing three touchdown passes Saturday night as New England topped Jacksonville, 28-3, in an AFC wild-card game.

Cornerback Burris joins Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass., April 21 (UPI) -- Veteran cornerback Jeff Burris is now a member of the New England Patriots.
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Asante Samuel
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Reggie Williams gets taken down by New England Patriots defenseive back Asante Samuel at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA on January 7, 2006. (UPI Photo/Katie McMahon)

Asante T. Samuel (born January 6, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He is of Ghanaian descent. He played college football at Central Florida.

An All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and Pro Bowl selections in 2008 and 2009, Samuel won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.

Samuel attended Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. As a junior quarterback, he threw for 1,800 yards, and rushed for 500 yards. As a senior, Samuel concentrated on defense, and earned All-State honors, and finished his senior year with 4 interceptions and 75 tackles. Samuel also handled kicking and punting duties. Ten minutes before kickoff of Samuel's final high school game, he replaced his team's injured starting quarterback. He threw two touchdown passes, intercepted two more, rushed for 80 yards, and even worked on special teams returning kicks and punts. Samuel's top receiver in high school, Todd Devoe, later played for the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, and was a friend & teammate of future NFL defensive back Benny Sapp. Samuel decreased his 40 yard dash time from 5.4 seconds during his sophomore year of high school to 4.49 seconds entering the NFL.

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