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.