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  1. See I consider myself a pretty good corner. The best actually. Since I was the first corner ever drafted back in 2014, I thought I'd share some insight to the position and the guys I match up against. Here is the official David Wilburn Top 5 Toughest Wide Receivers, in no particular order. These are guys I've gone to war against, and every single one of these guys play at the pinnacle of the wide receiver position. Walt Peck 6-5 203 pounds, with hands made of epoxy and the moves to boot. If God made a wide receiver, he'd make Walt Peck again. He's so big and so fast, but the biggest thing to note is just how good he is at catching anything that goes his way. See here he is against Keyshawn Thompson, one of the top corners in the league. Ball's in the air, but take a look at what Walt does when it hits him. First off, he does this one handed, crazy amounts of concentration to do that when you're going at full speed. With Keyshawn draped all over you, its downright impossible. But he makes the one handed grab. Then look at his hips. He extended out his right foot, the immediately shifted his hips, rebalanced, and fell with the ball cradled between his arms with no chance of escape. That's downright unbelievable. Him and Murph have been doing it for so long, even against the tightest of coverages they can do something like that. Walt is a physical freak, but its his concentration and catching ability that just makes him so fearsome. He'll downright win the mental game against lesser corners too. Guy talks trash like no one else. If chatting was a stat on Madden, Walt would have a 99. The stuff he says about your mother... Sean Jenkins Now comes probably the most physically gifted receiver I've ever gone up against. 6'6" 182, and one key thought. Jenkins doesn't think he's fast. He knows he's fast. There's a huge difference in that. Guys that think they're fast, they never hear the safety coming. They never expect the corner to be right on them. They think they can out run the coverage. Guys that think they're fast don't last long in this league. Guys that know they're fast, like Jenkins, that's a whole nother beast. One wrong step, and as a corner you're flirting with disaster. Don't believe me? Look at what he did to my boy Mike Gradishar down in Oakland. Jenkins doesn't even go in. He does a little hop at the line of scrimmage, then its off to the races, and when he's got a head start, even if its a 10th of a second, its absolutely over. Mike might as well not have even been there, its just pitch and catch between Devy and Jenkins. Jenkins is one of the few guys in this league that knows he's fast, and everyone else knows it too. He got absolute burners on his leg that keeps everyone scared. Dan Nomellini This guy is outrageous. Probably the best receiver in the league right now in my humble opinion. I've got a lot of memories of when he played in Carolina, but watch this crazy route running he does. Look at him chop his feet. That burst of explosion. People don't talk about this much either, but Nom is probably the most sure-handed receiver to ever grace the game. Then you combine his route running ability and his intellect and you've got a dangerous combination at wide receiver. Lots of guys with Nom's measurables don't make it in this league. 6-1, 182, not that fast, none of that crazy catch range. What he's accomplished is on pure effort and hard work. Jenkins and Walt, those are some freak talents. Nom is a guy that's crafted his way into the game by using his god given talent of juking corners out their shoes. Me and him man, those were some battles. Tai Miller When people think physical receiver, they usually go with a tall, jump ball guy. That's not what I think when I think physical. Tai isn't small, but he's not the 6'5", 6'6" basketball players I have to deal with, but he's also not a jump ball specialist. What he's got is some incredible handfighting abilities, and he's probably the best receiver at using his body in this league. Michael Barber is a hell of a cornerback, but you see Tai just uses his physical advantages all the way. Hand fighting throughout the slant, then he tucks in. Ball's actually thrown a bit high, but he adjusts, makes the play, and shields it all with his body. That is some absurd talent for a guy who's really starting to blossom into his own in this league. Rodney Montgomery Now when people think of Rodney, they think he's this shorter, speed guy that makes his living getting big yards. They're wrong. Montgomery may not be the 6'6" freak that Sean Jenkins is, may not have the physicality of Tai Miller, but he's absolutely a weapon in the red zone. Why? He's got the ups and knows how to use body positioning the only way an old vet does, years and years of practice. Here he is one on one against Troy Marshall of the Ravens. Marshall's all over Rodney, doesn't take a step wrong, but Rodney just uses his great vertical leap to jump right over Troy. Then as he's falling, he does the vet move to toe tap and lean out. Toe tap for the TD, leaning away from the defender to complete the catch with as little interference as possible. He makes a killing eating the lunches of DBs that allow him to get the short catches he can turn into YAC, but that all comes from how clean he runs his routes and how he uses his body. There you have it, the toughest receivers to cover in the league. These guys may be the best in the country at what they do, but I'm always down to go another round with them! DAVID WILBURN/CONTRIBUTOR
  2. April 28th, 2020 - That didn’t go as planned. 15 of 30 for 140 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs. My worst outing to date on the biggest stage I have ever played on. And yet… I am still the greatest. Fear. Failure. Defeat. These are not unfamiliar feelings to me. A lesser football player would crumble under pressure. But I am no ordinary football player. I am the greatest. To the fans in the stands who booed during the 2nd half, there is more going on behind the scenes then you see. You see 1 poor performance. You see 60 minutes of failure and are ready to move on. But 60 minutes of failure does not, a career break. You don’t see the fire in my belly. You don’t see how pissed off I am at myself. You have no idea how many times I have rehashed every play in my mind. You don’t see the 14 hours of film I watched over the weekend. You don’t see the hours of route work I put in with Devon [Tillman] working on timing. I will be the greatest! Go ahead and hate. Write fan posts about how bad I am. Petition coach to make Julius [Minnow] the starter. All you are doing is adding fuel to the fire. I thrive on the hatred. I thrive on the distain. I have been an underdog my entire life. I am the greatest. The gridiron isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a nasty place and it doesn’t matter how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. Football is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! You gotta be willing to take the hits. And I take the hits. I roll with the hits. That’s how I have done it my entire career. I am the greatest. Coach @HAFFnHAFF may be no @vtgorilla. Devon [Tillman] may be no Daniel Hobbs. Damani [Askew] may be no Justin Burris. But Tucker Dowden is no Rahim. From the ashes we will rise. We will rise together and be better than ever before because… I AM THE GREATEST!!!
  3. I Am the Greatest August 31, 2015 - A day that I will remember forever. I am a high school junior, about to start my first game. We are on the road for the season opener. East Central. Last year, we knocked them right out of the first round of the state playoffs.. After the season, we graduated 9 starters, including our QB and RB. They graduated only 2. And ranked preseason number 1 in the state, they are out for blood this time. The roar from the 22,000 fans is deafening as we run onto the field. I can sense that coach is nervous. But I am not. I am the greatest. The game doesn’t go according to plan. We don’t just lose, we get embarrassed. And worst of all, the blame falls on me. 15-37 passing for 220 yards, 1 TD, and 4 INTs. I vow that it will never happen again. Coach is rattled, and I know he has to wonder if he made a mistake in naming me the starter. I will show him in practice this week that he didn’t. I am the greatest. November 10th, 2015 - We end our season with a loss in the 2nd round of the playoffs. I’m proud of our team. Next year could be our year. I posted good numbers on the year, completing 63% of my passes for 3,806 yards. And after the first game I took much better care of the ball posting a 2.2:1 TD:INT ratio. I am the greatest. December 11th, 2015 - Coach calls a team meeting. He is accepting a new coaching position. The team is devastated, but no one more than me. Coach put his faith in me, and I was determined to win him a title next year. Now there is uncertainty around the program. There is uncertainty around our future in my critical Senior year. But I know we will be ok. I am the greatest. July 15th, 2016 - Our new coach announces his intention to transition to an option attack on offense. He names his son (a freshman) as the starter. What a terrible call. Not only is this going to cost me my senior year, it will probably cost me a college scholarship. My life’s dream was to suit up in the yellow and black as a Missouri Tiger, just like my dad did. The dream is dead. Life isn’t fair. The college scouts will never know that I am the greatest. October 30th, 2016 - The last game of the year. Senior night. I haven’t played a snap all year. We are a 2 win team. I’ve never felt more miserable. My parents tried to tell me to keep my chin up, but I know it is all but over for me. Scouts aren’t calling. No one knows I exist. On the opening drive of the game, the coach’s son takes a punishing hit from a blitzing OLB. He doesn’t get up.The doctors later confirmed that he has a broken ankle. Coach has nowhere else to turn. “Rahim, you are up.” We can’t run the option attack with me, so coach gives me free reign to call the offense. We haven’t run this offense this year, but our WRs are itching to catch some passes. The game turns into a shootout that no one expected, and at the end of the night we emerge victorious, 42-35. I complete 37 of my 44 passes for 489 yards and 6 TDs while throwing no interceptions. The fans go crazy and the team carries me off of the field. I am the greatest. I would be lying if I said I didn’t think that performance would get me noticed, get me a scholarship offer to Mizzou even. But the offers didn’t come. I was a local sensation but one game simply wasn’t enough. My career derailed by a fool of a coach who didn’t realize that I am the greatest. 2017 - I walk on at Moberly Area Community College. I redshirt my first year there. I thought redshirting would be the worst thing ever. I always told myself I would go somewhere I could play right away. But after my painful senior year in high school, this is a breeze. I win the starting job and a scholarship for 2018 and 2019 and perform at a very high level. We make it all the way to the JuCo national title game in 2019 where we lose a nail biter. I am proud of my team, but even more importantly, I am proud of myself. I know that Mizzou has Tucker Dowden as the entrenched starter, but I know that I can beat him out if given the chance. Hopefully Coach @vtgorilla returns my calls. Game tapes have been sent. I have called and expressed my interest. Now I have to wait. But I know deep down that I am the greatest. February 3rd, 2020 - National signing day. It is finally my chance to sign and play D-1 college ball. I have spoken to Coach vtgorilla and he told me that he doesn’t have a place for me. He is happy with Tucker Dowden and can’t offer me anything. I assure him he is making a mistake. After all, I am the greatest. Coach HAFFnHAFF from Kansas State is the only person who offers me a scholarship. He tells me that he would love to have me, but Julius Minnow is returning as the starting QB. It will come down to a spring football battle. We are both Juniors. The winner starts for 2 years, the loser never plays another snap. I sign in an instant. I’m not worried, I am the greatest. April 28th, 2020 - The day of the spring game has arrived. I have split reps with Julius all spring. Today is the final audition. Coach informed us that he will name the starter after the game. I feel bad for Julius. He is a great guy! He and I have grown very close throughout the spring, which isn’t something I expected since we were direct competitors. I feel bad for Julius, because I know he doesn’t have a chance against me. I am the greatest. This is my final last chance. One last shot to recognize my dreams. I won’t be denied. There are no nerves. I’m as cold as ice. It is my chance to show everyone what I have always known, that I am the greatest. ~ Written by Rahim Murrell Shoutout to @TuscanSota for editing... Community college grammar classes were not kind to Rahim.
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