Former Eagles and Patriots corner Asante Samuel sparked a rather unnecessary debate on Twitter a few weeks back by uttering the words, "With all [due] respect can someone explain to me why Darrell Green is considered a great?"
Considering Darrell Green's resume, which consists of two Super Bowls, seven Pro-Bowl selections and a bust at the Hall of Fame in Canton, you can probably guess what kind of reaction Samuel got.
The Washington football legend responded to Samuel himself on Sunday, and instead of firing back at Samuel for his shortcomings as a tackler or how he used to blow coverages to hunt interceptions, Green brushed off the criticism in a way reserved for Hall of Famers.
"If Asante Samuel walked up right now, I wouldn't know his face," Green told TMZ Sports. "[Samuel] said he didn't know me either, so why would I be mad if he don't know me I if I said I don't know him?"
Green was enshrined in Canton 12 years ago, so why would he still be worried about what players like Samuel, who clearly don't know what they're talking about, thinks of him?
He's got people out there playing defense for him, like how Tony Dungy fact-checked Samuel on the spot after the former Eagle said Green only played in the slot.
Asante while you played some great football in the 2000’s you obviously don’t know much about football that was played in the 80s & 90s. Darrell Green played on the outside, not as a nickel. He traveled with the best receiver and was a TOP ECHELON CB for almost 2 decades!! https://t.co/2ia3O7H6N2— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 5, 2020
"I appreciate Tony Dungy for responding to that, but there was no need for Tony Dungy to respond to that," Green said. "There's enough information if [Samuel] really wanted to know that he could have found."
In the end, Green wasn't interested in taking shots at Samuel to solidify his standing amongst his peers because it has been for a long time. All he could do was offer a small bit of advice to the former four-time Pro Bowl corner.
"You don't have to step on somebody else to try and get yours," he said.
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