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Big Sam goes to Washington
Posted: Saturday April 15, 2000 10:56 PM
Former Alabama offensive tackle Chris Samuels was the first offensive lineman taken in the 2000 NFL Draft. Samuels won the Outland Trophy in 1999 as the best interior lineman, and before the season he was named one of the "10 Players the NFL Wants Now" by Sports Illustrated. He was named All-American last season by CNNSI.com after his senior year with the Crimson Tide. Chris filed this exclusive Draft Day Diary with CNNSI.com while on his way to the airport after the Washington Redskins made him the third overall pick.
We're on our way to the airport right now, and everything is wonderful. I don't believe it though. My first reaction was excitement. I was both relieved and excited. I was very happy when I got picked. I think I fit in just perfectly with the Redskins.
My immediate family was all there with me in the green room at the draft, along with my girlfriend and my best friend. Everybody was just happy for me, and really excited about everything.
The commissioner told me congratulations when I got up on stage.
I'm heading to Washington this afternoon to do a press conference down there with them, and then I'm thinking about coming back to New York. I'd like to spend the night back in New York with my family, and then we'll fly to Memphis tomorrow and start working.
I expect to be back in Washington sometime before their first minicamp. I'll try to get up there as early as possible.
LaVar Arrington is a funny guy. After he got picked he came back in there and said, "Alright teammate. C'mon Chris." He's been talking with me a whole lot, and we've been getting along fine. I'm looking forward to playing with him.
We're both excited to be playing for a team that could contend in our rookie year. Earlier LaVar and I talked about how hopefully we can get in there and win the Super Bowl next year. We have a great chance to do that. So we're just going to get in there and try to do our thing and try to help contribute to the team.