EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Mike Jenkins #21 and Terence Newman #41 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate after Jenkins intercepted a pass in the endzone in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Brett Favre doled out praise for the Cowboys defense liberally on Wednesday but his comments about Mike Jenkins, Dallas's second-year cornerback out of South Florida, made a particularly warm-and-fuzzy impression on, as Favre refers to him, no. 21.
Jenkins has found his stride this season, so to speak, after a rookie season that he characterized this summer as fairly disappointing. After entering the year platooned with Orlando Scandrick, Jenkins won the starting job for good in week 4. Since, he's been arguably Dallas's best corner, (arguably) supplanting Terence Newman in this regard.
Well, Favre wouldn't go quite that far; but close.
"Terence Newman has been a mainstay there and has been outstanding," Favre said Wednesday, per the Dallas Morning News. "But No. 21 (Jenkins) is going to be a superstar in this league for a long time."
That Jenkins was taken aback by the high praise, given that the 24-year-old grew up watching Favre on television, is no surprise. Preparing for the Favre-led Vikings offense, watching the Silver Fox on film, Jenkins is no less impressed with the 42-year-old.
"The dude is amazing," Jenkins said, per ESPN Dallas. "I was just watching film and saw him pump the ball four times to one side, then go back and complete the ball to the other side. I’ve never seen anything like it. The dude is amazing.
"It’s going to be a great opportunity for me to go in and play against a future Hall of Fame quarterback. I’m going to embrace every moment of it."