Born and raised in South Carolina, Tyshun “Deebo” Samuel grew up to value the importance of setting goals and striving to achieve them early on. Deebo and his eight siblings, along with his close friends all consistently encouraged each other to accomplish anything they put their minds to. He stayed the course and found his passion in football after watching his longtime favorite player, Reggie Bush.
As an ode to his speed Deebo gained the second nickname “Sweet Feet” from his stepmother Precious Martin while in high school. During his high school career he finished with 61 receptions for 1,184 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also registering 837 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Samuel finished with a record of 53 career touchdowns, 94 tackles and 12 interceptions. He was awarded the High School Sports Report Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year and played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Transitioning to the University of South Carolina, “Sweet Feet” appeared in 30 games with a total of 27 starts. He registered 148 receptions for 2,076 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a kick returner, he recorded 42 returns for 1,219 yards and 4 touchdowns. In the first game of the 2017 season against NC State, Samuel had five catches for 83 yards, for 2 touchdowns and also returned the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. As a senior in 2018, he earned First-Team All-SEC honors after hauling in 62 receptions for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games. Deebo also earned Second- Team All-America honors by the Football Writers Association of America.
Deebo is currently a standout player for the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the 2019 season with 802 receiving yards (a 2nd all-time most receiving yards by a rookie in 49er franchise history). He also became the first wide receiver in franchise history to have 3-or-more rushing touchdowns in a single season along with being the first wide receiver to have 3-or-more rushing touchdowns in a single season in the NFL since 2016 following Tyreek Hill and Ty Montgomery. On the first drive against the Los Angeles Rams during the 2020 season, he secured his first touchdown of the season and 4th receiving touchdown of his career. .