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Monday’s Mashup: Asante Samuel believes he belongs in the Hall of Fame

Lucy Burdge
August 27, 2018 - 5:08 am

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-- Former Patriot Asante Samuel is starting his campaign for a spot in the Hall of Fame.

Samuel will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019 and he told TMZ he believes his career stats are worthy of induction.

"The facts are the facts," he said. "If you're not going by the facts, then what are you going by?!"

“I was a two-time interception leader in the NFL, which is more than others,” the former defensive back continued.

The other players up for 2019 class include Ed Reed, Champ Bailey and Tony Gonzalez.

The Patriots drafted Samuel in 2003 and he left New England for the Eagles as a free agent in 2008.

-- During a news conference on Sunday, Tiger Woods was asked about his relationship with Donald Trump and his response was as non-partisan as possible.

"At times, especially 2018, I think a lot of people, especially immigrants are threatened by him and his policy — what do you say to people who might find it interesting that you have a friendly relationship with him?," Woods was asked.

"He's the President of the United States. You have to respect the office,” Woods said. “No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office."

Woods and Trump have golfed together in the past and have known each other for years.

When asked to detail his relationship with Trump, Woods said, " … We've had dinner together. I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”

He was then asked to comment on the state of race relations in the country and he declined, saying, "No. I just finished 72 holes and really hungry.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This has been a passion inside of me since I was a little boy, but I know now it is to hang my helmet up and start a new chapter in my life.” -- Eric Decker, in his retirement announcement posted to his Instagram on Sunday