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McCoy, Bucs have oodles of respect for Peyton Manning



Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is excited about playing Peyton Manning. How excited? 

He interrupted questioning during the start of an interview Wednesday to express his admiration for the Broncos quarterback, whom he considers the best "to ever do it."

"I just can't keep doing this interview without saying, I’m really looking forward to this. It’s Peyton Manning!''  McCoy said. "I don’t care what you all write, but arguably I think he’s the best QB to ever do it. I’m just being honest. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. If somebody wants to write bad about it, oh well, I don’t care.

“That guy, it’s like a dream come true for me, honest. I’m not afraid to say it. A lot of people would be, but I’m not. I’m not going to go in there, star struck like, 'Ah, that’s Peyton Manning!' Because I’ve met the guy before. But I never played against him. Playing against him, it’s just like when a basketball player came into the league and they had a chance to play against Michael Jordan, of course they were going to say, 'That’s Michael Jordan over there.'"

McCoy drew criticism several years ago when he expressed similar admiration for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. McCoy met Manning at the Oklahoma-Texas game his final year with the Sooners when he literally bumped into him on the field during warmups. Manning was there to watch Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who were both participants at the Manning Passing Academy. McCoy will be attempting to collide with Manning on purpose Sunday in Denver. 

“Superior, he’s just a superior football player,'' McCoy said. "I mean, you see what happened to Indy when the guy wasn’t on the field and then you take doctors saying he may never play again to what he’s arguably having an MVP type season. I mean, the guy is a superior football player. There’s nothing more you can say about him.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:32pm]


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