- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 5, 2020

Asante Samuel wanted a debate. The former NFL cornerback tweeted, asking if someone “could please explain” why Hall of Fame and former Redskins cornerback Darrell Green was considered great. “He played 19 years and was mostly a nickel back. 54 INT’s in 19 years. Talk to me????” Samuel tweeted.

It did not go over well.

Asante while you played some great football in the 2000’s you obviously don’t know much about football that was played in the 80s & 90s,” tweeted former Colts coach Tony Dungy. “Darrell Green played on the outside, not as a nickel. He traveled with the best receiver and was a TOP ECHELON CB for almost 2 decades!!”

If you don’t know, then you’re a damn fool!!!!” former running back Brian Mitchell said. 

Samuel, a two-time Super Bowl champion who played for the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons across 11 seasons, tried defending himself.

He said Green’s longevity didn’t make him great, noting journeyman Terrance Newman played almost 17 years. 

Green spent 20 seasons with Washington from 1983 to 2002. A two-time Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowler, Green was a shutdown corner who was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, inducted in 2008.

Here’s a sample of replies to Samuel:

Samuel’s initial tweet has over 1,000 replies.

• Matthew Paras can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

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