Monique Samuels endured some Mama Joyce-level shade with her mother-in-law on The Real Housewives of Potomac. But she did it all for her husband, Chris Samuels, who was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame during the episode for his success as a football player for the University of Alabama and the Washington Redskins.
And if you ask Monique about her hubby, it soon becomes clears that she would do anything for the one she loves. "My husband, he is amazing. I'm telling you, I found a diamond in the rough," Monique recently gushed to The Daily Dish. "He's such a lovable person. He's like a big teddy bear, and I love that he has such a respect for our marriage and for me and the kids. And he's such a protector. He just wants to make sure that we're happy and that we always have what we need. And he rarely tells me no. It's always just like, 'You know what, baby, it's all about you. I just want you to be happy.' And I do the same for him. And that's why I bust my butt to make sure he's comfortable. I don't even want him picking up a piece of mail. I'm just like, 'I got you. Sit back, let me rub your feet.'"
Monique and Chris have the picture-perfect life now with their two children, 4-year-old son Christopher and 1-year-old daughter Milani. However, these two weren't always so sure that they would end up tying the knot. "When we first met, neither one of us wanted to be in a relationship. He looked at me and said, 'When do you see yourself getting married?' I'm like, 'What? I'm not thinking about marriage,'" Monique said. "When I met Chris, I was 19. So we've known each other for a very long time, and we've built a friendship, and that friendship blossomed into a relationship. And we have a respect for each other to the point where even when we're getting on each other's nerves as a married couple, I can look at him and say, 'That's my friend.'"
Long before Monique was tackling the Potomac drama, Chris was the one doing the tackling on the field in his successful career as an offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins. He was picked third overall in the 2000 NFL draft and made six NFL Pro Bowl appearances. Following his pro football career, Chris worked as a high school offensive coordinator in his home state of Alabama, became a student assistant under Nick Saban at his alma mater of the University of Alabama, and then served as the head football coach at Osbourn High School in Virginia. He was recently named the new offensive coordinator at Churchill High School in Potomac. "He had a great career, and he's one of the best at what he did," Monique said. "He loves football. He's a natural-born leader. So coaching is definitely for him."
But Monique isn't so keen on watching Chris at work these days. "I've seen him on the football field yelling, and I'm like, 'Oh my God, thank God he doesn't yell like that at home,' because that is crazy," Monique said. "I told him one time I would never, ever come to a football practice again, and I haven't, because I did not want to hear his big mouth yelling like that."
Chris is definitely not as fierce when he's not on the field. "[He's a] very big, intimidating guy, but not intimidating to me [laughs]. When you see him, it's like he's so huge, and he has this deep voice. The first time I met him, I was scared when he started talking. I was like, I have never seen a human this ginormous. And then his voice is so deep," Monique explained. "But he's such a supportive husband. He's so laid-back. When they say country or southern hospitality, that is him to the core. He's so laid-back, he loves to entertain, he loves to people please, just like me. I don't even know how to even describe him. He's so down-to-earth. My dad refers to him as the poorest rich man he knows, because Chris could be out and about, if it wasn't for his size, you wouldn't even think that he was a professional athlete. You woulnd't think anything about any wealth that he has. He drives his pick-up truck every day."
Monique said that Chris has become more of an open book since his time in the NFL as well, saying that he "enjoyed" being a part of RHOP this season. "For the rest of his career, he said that he was always so concerned that his image was perfect. He didn't want to have a bad reputation. He didn't want to do anything that was too risky. Chris is a very calculated person," she explained. "So now, fast-forward to Potomac, he totally let his guard down."
In her debut season of RHOP, Monique fully expects everyone to fall in love with her husband for the first time — or again. "So anybody who watches football, if they watch this show and anybody that has watched his career, if they watch this show, they're going to see exactly why I fell in love with him," she said. "He is so silly, and people don't even get that until they're around him. He is the biggest clown. He likes to joke. He likes to joke on people. He is so funny, and you're gonna see that this season. He absolutely lets his guard down. You don't see Chris Samuels the football player; you see Chris Samuels, my husband, the clown."
Check out some pics of the lovely couple, below.