Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) cornerback Jabrill Peppers is widely regarded as one of the best athletes in the country to go along with his No. 2 overall ranking in the Rivals150.
So when he pauses to “really think” about which sport produces the best athletes, one can’t help but wonder if he’s going to pick another sport.
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“It’s definitely football,” said Peppers, a Michigan commit. “I just wanted to give it some real thought, but yeah definitely football. That’s for sure.”
Beg to differ?
You may think differently after reading Peppers’ compelling arguments.
Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?
“To be a good football player you’ve got to have instincts, coordination, heart, upper and lower body strength, agility and all of those things. And they have to be top notch. Take a sport like basketball; you could be an unathletic guy like Larry Bird, who was a great player, but he wasn’t a superior athlete. You can’t get away with that in football. You’ll get exposed like that.”
For people who disagree, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?
“I think any hitting drill will make a believer out of anyone. We do Oklahomas where we lay on our backs then we’ve got to pop up, shed a blocker and get to the ball carrier. It’s hard. You’ve definitely gotta be tough to get that one done.”
What sport comes after football in producing the best athletes?
“Soccer or basketball.”
What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?
“I think it’s heart, strength, speed and determination. You need all of those to be a great athlete if you ask me.”
Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?
“The best all-around athlete in the league right now is Patrick Peterson.”
What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?
“One time, all in the same play, I did two spins off of two defenders and then did a back flip over the next guy and landed on my feet. I think that’s pretty athletic.”
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