Emmanuel Sanders can consider himself quite a lucky man. The former Southern Methodist wide receiver has spent his professional career in the company of top quality quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and now Peyton Manning.
But it seems that Sanders isn't afraid to let it be known who is his favourite out of the two, sending a bit of a slap in the face to his former teammate at the Pittsburgh Steelers in an interview today.
Far Better Leader
The 27-year old Sanders mentioned that there is a stark difference in the leadership styles between the two saying:
“I feel like Peyton is a far better leader, in terms of staying after practice, catching balls, wanting guys to get on the same page with him, things of that sort,” Sanders told 104.3 The Fan in Denver.
Sanders hastily added that he wasn't on bad terms with Roethlisberger, just that he is very happy to be with the Broncos in Denver.
“This is the first time that I've had a quarterback that every single day after practice -- no matter what his accolades, NFL MVP, Super Bowl ring -- he keeps guys like me and [rookie receiver Cody] Latimer after practice," Sanders added.
"He's not one of those guys you've got to chase down. He's going to be right in the same spot, ready to work, every single day. I just feel like that's a difference from a mental standpoint,” the receiver went on to say.
The 2014 NFL MVP Manning has one Super Bowl ring compared to his Steelers counterpart, but that doesn't mean much in the eyes of the wide receiver, who can't wait to step on a field competitively with Peyton calling the plays.