Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

Former Pro Bowler returns to Tide as coach

Former Alabama offensive lineman Chris Samuels will be back on the Tuscaloosa practice field this spring and fall. This time, the former Pro Bowler will be a coach.

The Washington Post reported today he’d be a graduate assistant working with the Alabama offensive line. Most recently, Samuels was the offensive coordinator at Blount County High School. He’d been a coaching intern with the Redskins in 2010 after his nine-year career ended.

“They’ll pay for me to finish my degree, and I’ll be able to learn from some great coaches over there at Alabama. …It’s just been a blessing for me,” Samuels told the Post. “It’s a huge opportunity for me. I learned a great deal about football from all those years of playing and being around a lot of great coaches. But a lot of players don’t realize it’s a lot different playing football and coaching football.”

In his nine years in a Redskin jersey, the Mobile native was selected to six Pro Bowls as an offensive tackle.

Samuels won the 1999 Outland Trophy as the top interior lineman in the nation while making first-team All-American honors.

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Take a video tour of Tuscaloosa tornado damage nine months later

We had a few photos of the tornado-damaged neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa earlier this morning. Now you can see the video tour through Alberta City, Holt, and Forest Lake.

 

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Revisiting before/after photos from neighborhoods destroyed in April tornado

For those of you new to the site, I had been taking a monthly tour of a few specific Tuscaloosa neighborhoods destroyed by last April’s tornado. Then football season happened and I started slipping.

Well, I got back to it yesterday afternoon. Take a quick tour around Tuscaloosa with new panoramic photos.

First, here’s a look at Fifth Avenue in Holt. It’s the neighborhood I first visited three days after the storm to chronicle the efforts of Tide athletes helping with recovery efforts.

Click here for a 360-degree panoramic view from the Holt neighborhood.

Remember you can click each picture to enlarge it.

Before

April 30

May 25

June 28, 2011

Aug. 22, 2011

Sept. 29, 2011

Jan. 23, 2012

Here’s a series from Forest Lake

May 25, 2011

June 28, 2011

Aug. 21, 2011

Sept. 29, 2011

Jan. 23, 2012

From the other side

May 25, 2011

June 28, 2011

Aug. 21, 2011

Sept. 29, 2011

Jan. 23, 2012

Now into Cedar Crest.

June 29

August 21

Sept. 29, 2011

Jan. 23, 2012

Here’s two more shots from a spot I didn’t find until September.

Sept. 29, 2011

Jan. 23, 2012

Finally, here are a few shots I got yesterday that don’t have companions.

Forest Lake on Jan. 23, 2012.

Overlooking Holt on Jan. 23, 2012.

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