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NFL cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. is well aware of the teachings of new Los Angeles Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

In a new interview with Eric Smith of, Samuel revealed his initial reaction to Harbaugh and his staff.

“They’re great people,” Samuel said. “Great people on the field and great people off the field. They’re great coaches and I’m excited to work with them this season.”

Samuel, 24, is the son of former cornerback Asante Samuel Sr., a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.

When it came to Harbaugh’s on-field personality so far, Samuel offered a thoughtful assessment.

“He’s kind of funny,” Samuel noted. “Just down to earth, loves ball sports. I came into the building when he was hired to meet him. Just his name, you know? His name rings a bell.”

Harbaugh was undoubtedly the most spectacular head coaching hire of the 2024 offseason. He is fresh off an illustrious, if controversial, nine-year stint with the University of Michigan Wolverines. Harbaugh led the club to an 86-25 overall record (60-17 in the Big Ten), reaching the playoffs in eight of those seasons, including two Orange Bowls. Last year, however, was the cream of the crop, as Harbaugh led Michigan to an undefeated 12-0 record with him at the helm (the Wolverines went 14-0 overall, but Harbaugh was suspended for those final two games), including a Rose Bowl victory and a 34-13 College Football Playoff national championship game win over the Washington Huskies.

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