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Asante Samuel played for the New England Patriots for the first five years of his career, a member of two Super Bowl championship teams.
That doesn’t mean that he has only kind things to say about the organization.
New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel (22) finds it a little chilly on the field with offensive tackle Matt Light (72), quarterback Tom Brady (12) and linebacker Mike Vrabel during Media Day for Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 29, 2008. (Photo by Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
On the latest episode of the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast, Samuel was critical of New England head coach Bill Belichick and those players who followed “The Patriot Way.”
“Some of them were brainwashed talking about ‘The Patriot Way.’ I’m not going for none of that,” Samuel said on the podcast. “I don’t know what no Patriot Way is.”
New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel speaks to reporters during Media Day for Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Jan. 29, 2008. (Photo by Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
“All of them [were] company men, talking about ‘Patriot Way,'” he continued. “I don’t know none of that. I’m here to get money, take care of my family, the same way Belichick is here to take care of his family, get his money. So when you try to hold my money back, and you want all your money, I ain’t got no respect for you.”
After five years in New England, Samuel signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing four years from 2008 to 2011.
The Patriots have been the greatest dynasty in NFL history ever since drafting quarterback Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft, winning six Super Bowls with Brady under center and Belichick calling the shots.
Samuel gives most of the credit to Brady, who Samuel says made everything work, including allowing New England to make personnel decisions that other organizations could not.
“We can make these decisions because we’ve got Tom,” Samuel said. “I don’t matter what decisions you can make. Who’s next up to bring in from free agency? Can they pass the test? Bring them in and make sure they can make it to the fourth quarter. That’s all we need is somebody, because we got Tom, everything is going to work. I saw it with my own eyes. I’m not joking. This is the truth.”
Cornerback Asante Samuel of the New England Patriots celebrates after breaking up a pass thrown to New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, background, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 3, 2008. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Though critical of Belichick on the podcast, Samuel did say there was one way for the legendary coach to become the greatest of all time — win another Super Bowl.
“I still give him credit, he can still be the greatest coach of all time,” Samuel said. “He just got to win another Super Bowl.”
A first-team All-Pro in 2007 and a four-time Pro Bowler, Samuel’s career came to an end after the 2013 season.
Joe Morgan is a Sports Reporter for Fox News.