- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 4, 2010

Washington Redskins six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels made it official Thursday: He’s retiring.

Samuels, the No. 3 pick from Alabam in 2000, made the announcement, which had been expected for weeks, in a press conference at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.

The 32-year-old veteran hadn’t played since suffering a neck injury in a collision in an Oct. 11 in a game against the Carolina Panthers. Doctors advised him the risk was too great to try to play again.

Samuels said he was interested in coaching and that coach Mike Shanahan has invited him to work with the offensive line.

He thanked coaches, from Norv Turner to Marty Shottenheimer to Joe Gibbs and Joe Bugel, but, whether intentional or not, he didn’t mention Jim Zorn.

“Mentally, I’ve been preparing for this for a long time, so don’t feel sorry for me,” he said. He had some parting words for teammates: “Just go win a championship, it’s the one thing I regret.”

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