NFL great Asante Samuel took to Twitter to slam his son Asante Samuel Jr. after he failed to stick to an interception.
During the third quarter of the Chargers’ 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Samuel Jr. dropped what looked like a sure-fire interception.
“If I were his teammate, I would whisper in his ear, ‘You just lost a million dollars,’ hashtag ‘pick 6,'” Samuel Sr. tweeted during the game.
The ball had initially struck Samuel Jr. right between the numbers before slamming the ball in the air, unable to control it. He then dove for the ball and tried to get his hands under it as it hit the ground, but officials decided it was an incomplete pass after checking.
Some online fans were quick to realize that Samuel Sr. had stopped interceptions in his own career and may have been being too hard on his son.
Many of the fans specifically referenced the interception Samuel dropped in Super Bowl 46 while playing for the New England Patriots against the New York Giants.
Samuel apparently later responded to tweets from fans: “Dropped 8-10 interceptions my sophomore year, 4 in a game. I went and got a nerf ball and got rite. #pick6′
He would eventually end his 11-year career with 51 career breaks after playing with the Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
Samuel Jr. is only in his second season in the NFL after being drafted by the Chargers in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft.
So far he has three interceptions in his young career. If he can even come close to surpassing his father’s 51 interceptions, it would certainly be a successful career.