Tyshun Raequan “Deebo” Samuel (born January 15, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina and was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Samuel attended Chapman High School in Inman, South Carolina, where he played high school football and was coached by Mark Hodge. As a senior, he led his team to the Semifinals of the AAA playoffs. He had 166 catches for 2,751 yards and 36 touchdowns during his career, he rushed 133 times for 898 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, he finished with a record of 53 career touchdowns, he also had 94 tackles and 12 interceptions. He won the High School Sports Report Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year, and played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Samuel was rated as a three-star recruit, by the 247 composite. He committed to the University of South Carolina to play college football.
Samuel made his NFL debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, catching three passes for 17 yards and losing a fumble in the 31-17 road victory. In the next game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he caught five passes for 87 yards and his first NFL touchdown as the 49ers won on the road by a score 41–17. During Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers, Samuel caught three passes for 19 yards and rushed for 29 yards and a touchdown in a 51-13 victory. Two weeks later against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, he caught eight passes for 112 yards in the 27–24 overtime loss. In the next game against the Arizona Cardinals, Samuel caught eight passes for 134 yards in the 36-26 victory. Samuel would have two more touchdown catches over the next two games against the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens, and would add another rushing score in the Week 16 contest against the Los Angeles Rams. In the regular-season finale against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, he caught five passes for 102 yards and rushed twice for 33 yards and a touchdown in the 26–21 road victory.
During Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Samuel rushed thrice for 53 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards during the 31–20 loss. His 53 rushing yards was the most ever by a wide receiver in Super Bowl history.
Samuel was placed on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp on July 28, 2020. He was activated on September 5, 2020, but was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2020. He was activated on October 3, 2020. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 4, 2020, and activated two days later. In Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, he had 11 receptions for 133 receiving yards in the 23–20 victory.