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Freeman flashback: Bucs QB declared himself a better QB than Stafford



With the Bucs hosting the Lions on Sunday, Josh Freeman will square off against Matthew Stafford for the first time.

It's an interesting matchup because the two quarterbacks were both selected in the 2009 draft, although Stafford was the first overall pick while Freeman dropped to the Bucs at No. 17. Comparisons will be easier to make in the years to come, but on the day he was drafted, Freeman already had an opinion when asked why he was viewed as inferior to Stafford and No. 5 pick Mark Sanchez.

Here's an excerpt from the St. Petersburg Times on that day.

So why was Freeman selected so much later than Stafford and Sanchez?

"I think it comes down the school I went to,'' Freeman said. "I mean, I've
worked out with both those guys. I think they're really good. I'd take me over
them. I think it comes down to they went to Georgia, which is a good,
competitive team in the SEC and Mark Sanchez went to USC, who pretty much wins
the Pac-10 every year. I think it really came down to them going to better
schools and winning more games and stuff like that, that had me going 17th or
dropping this low.

"Like I said, they're good quarterbacks. I don't take anything away from them.
If I had a pick, I'd take myself.

"I feel I'm the better quarterback but they're getting more of the hype. I have
the rest of my career to prove that I'm the best guy and I'm looking to do
everything in my power to make that so.''

[Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 3:04pm]


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