On Tuesday, the comments made by the two-time Pro Bowler were laughed off by Peterson, as he said in a radio interview that McCoy “didn’t really mean it” when he told ESPN that he is the top running back in the NFL, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder how serious the player was when he said that he was the best RB in the league.
“He didn’t really mean it,” Peterson said in an interview with Fox Sports Radio. “If you watched his response, [he didn’t mean it].”
Price per head services saw that McCoy, who last season led the league in rushing, answered, “Yes sir,” when asked whether he was the league’s best running back on Monday in an interview with ESPN’s “First Take.”
The Philadelphia Eagles star who’s a favourite with pay per head sportsbooks admitted that he is a “big fan” of Peterson, but said that based on his reputation, the Minnesota Vikings star “automatically gets the best running back [label]”.
“I’ve got to give the young guy credit because there is nothing wrong with having confidence in yourself,” Peterson said on Tuesday. “But you’ve got to speak it with more truth. He’s a heck of a running back and I like his style, so I won’t get on him too much.”
Peterson said that he watched McCoy’s interview on ESPN, and said that he was laughing when the talk about the best running back started, to the amusement of pay per head sportsbooks.
“It was funny because when Stephen A. [Smith] asked him the question, he kind of hesitated, and he didn’t believe it when he said it,” Peterson said. “I tell the youngsters, ‘Say it with your chest, like you mean it!'”
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Last season, Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards – 341 less than McCoy – and 10 touchdowns. Pay per had sportsbooks remember that in 2012, the six-time Pro Bowler made NFL history when he ran for 2,097 yards only to fall 8 yards short of the single-season record made by Eric Dickerson.