TAMPA — Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount received his share of praise — and highlight time — from his 54-yard touchdown run Sunday against the Packers, in which he broke at least six tackles.
But Blount's biggest compliment might have come in a post-game embrace with Packers star QB Aaron Rodgers. Blount told Rodgers he should win the league MVP. Rodgers more than returned the favor.
"He told me he thinks I'm one of the best backs in the league," Blount said Monday. "He told me I have a chance to be one of the greatest backs in this league and he said he doesn't just say that to anybody. He feels like me and one other guy have the potential to stand out and be two of the best running backs to ever play the game.
"Coming from Aaron Rodgers, it makes me feel amazing."
Blount didn't watch a replay of his touchdown Sunday night, planning to see it for the first time in a Monday film session.
"All I heard was that like I broke 4-5 tackles," said Blount, who had his second 100-yard game this season. "I didn't feel a whole bunch of people on me, I just felt two people had a legit chance to tackle me."
After Blount got into the end zone, it appeared he was going to dare to make the legendary "Lambeau Leap" into the stands. But he faked it, and tossed the ball instead.
Blount said Monday he knew he wasn't going to try it, acknowledging what might have happened had he put himself on Packers' fans laps.
"I would have come back out, but probably wouldn't have come back out the way I did," Blount said. "I'd probably have all kind of beer and everything spilled on me."
STEPPING UP: Coach Raheem Morris was impressed with how LB Geno Hayes played, two weeks after his benching against New Orleans.
"He played fast, he hustled, he took the benching personal," Morris said. "It's something I was hoping to get out of him."
NO WORRIES: Morris still wouldn't second guess calling for a second onside kick late in the fourth quarter, saying the Bucs had to steal possessions from the Packers. And his players backed him up.
"So many people (are) second guessing it, but nobody in this locker room is second guessing it,' CB Aqib Talib said. "So that's all that matters."
JACKSON IFFY: FS Tanard Jackson (hamstring) missed Sunday's game, saying afterward that the decision wasn't a game-time call after all.
"I think I kind of knew coming in," he said.
Jackson said he wasn't sure if the rest will help him return for next Sunday's game at Tennessee, saying, "It's day to day."
LONG TIME COMING: CB Elbert Mack's interception of Rodgers was Mack's first pick since Dec. 20, 2009, when he had two against Seattle.
"I was just playing within the defense, and (Rodgers) threw me one and I made a play," Mack said. "It gave our offense another chance to put some points on the board and we did. That set us up with a chance to win the game."