Daily Sports Smile: Former NFL teammates highlight true friendship with pregame tradition

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Former NFL teammates Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore have a close friendship that stretches back to their time with the Carolina Panthers. The talented receivers were teammates with the Panthers for three seasons.

NFL quarterback Cam Newton even compared them to Batman and Robin during his time with the organization. Both players developed a deep chemistry and it led to some great things on the field.

One unique moment was their signature pregame greeting. In the tunnel, the duo would embrace each other with a hug and a handshake before heading to the field.

Samuel departed in free agency this season. He joined the Washington Football Team to play alongside former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. Moore remained with the Panthers as their top receiving option.

Despite playing on two separate teams, the friendship has remained strong.

Moore has continued the pregame tradition. He pretended to hug Samuel inside the tunnel to simulate old times.

Last week, Samuel returned the favor against the Atlanta Falcons. After missing three games due to a groin injury, Samuel made his debut with the Washington Football Team. Prior to hitting the field, Samuel did their signature hug and handshake.

Both the Panthers and Washington Football Team caught the pregame tradition. Washington’s official Instagram account noted that “football is family.”

This season, Moore is experiencing a breakout campaign. He has 30 catches for 398 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also turned in consecutive 100-yard games and is averaging 13.3 yards per reception. 

Samuel looks to expand his role in Washington’s offense. He is expected to become the No. 2 option behind teammate Terry McLaurin.

Washington travels to Carolina on Nov. 21. It will be a chance for Moore and Samuel to reunite once again on the gridiron.