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Stanford Samuels (born July 27, 1980, in Miamimarker, Floridamarker) is a professional Canadian football cornerback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2004. He played college football for Florida State.

Samuels has also played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Professional career

Indianapolis Colts

Samuels went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft and signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was cut by the Colts after training camp when they were cutting their roster down to the NFL mandated 53-man roster.

First stint with Blue Bombers

Days before the start of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 2005 training camp he joined the team. Samuels debuted for Winnipeg in week one against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. His starting debut came in week eight against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He played in 17 of the 18 games, missing the last game against Calgary due to injury. He finished third on the team in tackles with 62 and then was second on the team with two fumble recoveries.

In 2006, Samuels started 12 games for Winnipeg while missing seven games including a playoff game due to injury. However he still finished second on the team with five pass knockdowns and three interceptions. He also had 28 tackles and one tackle for a loss. The teams' only blocked punt of the season came when Samuels blocked a punt attempt of the Montreal Alouettes Damon Duval.

Edmonton Eskimos

Following the 2006 season, Samuels signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Eskimos. With Edmonton he started 14 games and was fourth one team with 51 tackles and four pass knockdowns. He also recorded one tackle for a loss and one interception.

Samuels was released by Edmonton following their 2008 training camp.

Second stint with Blue Bombers

Samuels re-signed with the Blue Bombers on July 20, 2008. He led Winnipeg in fumble recoveries and finished second on the team in interceptions. He was released on February 6, 2009.

Montreal Alouettes

Samuels signed with the Montreal Alouettes on February 24, 2009.

Personal

Throughout his CFL career, Samuels has lashed out against management having called former Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman a "snake" and then getting in a heated argument with former Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia, following the release of Ron Warner. He was born in Miami, Floridamarker and attended Florida State Universitymarker. While there majored in social sciences and he was a teammate of Michael Boulware and Darnell Dockett. He also has a son named Stanford III.

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