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Bucs’ Mike Evans unveils favorite Cowboys star and causes a stir with favorite QB

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Texas native and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans had some kind words for the legendary Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith during his Jan. 11 press conference.

“I like the cowboys,” Evans said when asked if he was a Cowboys fan who grew up in Texas. “Dallas, you like the cowboys and I loved Emmitt Smith growing up.”

Evans grew up in Galveston, TX, where he played soccer during his senior year at Ball High School and earned the District 24-4A second team.

Emmitt Smith wasn’t the only player to receive some love and admiration from Evans during his press conference.

Evans went on to reveal his favorite quarterback, who is actually a long-time rival to his current quarterback, Tom Brady.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Indianapolis Colts because Peyton Manning is my favorite,” added Evans.

The Brady-Manning rivalry lasted for over a decade, with Brady emerging victorious in 11 of their 17 encounters.

While Evans still has nothing but love and respect for his current quarterback, it will be worth watching if Manning decides to playfully poke his friend Brady with Evans’ admission.

Ironically, Manning will be announcing the Buccaneers’ Jan. 16 matchup against the Cowboys on Super Wild Card Weekend via Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli, better known as ManningCast, on ESPN2.

The Bucs continue to gear up for their kind of rematch against the Cowboys, whom they defeated 19-3 earlier in the season on Sept. 11 by dipping in the ribbon.

Evans described the Cowboys’ defense as a quality unit that keeps things uncomplicated on this side of football.

“They’re an easy team — they’re a good team, but they’re easy,” Evans said. “They’re not doing anything exotic defensively. Offensively they are a really talented team and they want to play directly and see if they can be beaten. We have to do our best.”

Evans was successful on the team before the matchup against the Cowboys’ secondary, catching 5 passes for 71 yards and a point in the Bucs’ Week 1 win.

He acknowledged the fact that the Dallas runner-up is currently ailing, adding: “They’re down on the corner – they’ve got two injured guys who have been some solid players. The backups are solid, we’ll watch more movies about them. ’26’ [DaRon Bland] did some plays.”

However, Evans showed confidence when discussing when the Bucs are offensively healthy.

“But if we’re healthy, it doesn’t matter who the DBs are,” he added. “Hopefully we get a lot of cover ones – you know I love that. and [Trevon] Diggs is also a really good corner. He suited me in 2021 and in the first game of the season he was on me a little bit but not the whole game.

Evans recorded his best game of the season in the Bucs’ 30-24 win over the Carolina Panthers on Jan. 1, where Evans’ 10 receptions for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns helped the Bucs capture the NFC South title and advance into the postseason .

The Buccaneers’ NFL Super Wild Card Weekend matchup against the Cowboys begins at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

“But if we’re healthy, it doesn’t matter who the DBs are,” he added. “Hopefully we get a lot of cover ones – you know I love that. and [Trevon] Diggs is also a really good corner. He suited me in 2021 and in the first game of the season he was on me a little bit but not the whole game.

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