Packers' defensive back Jennings patterns game after Deion, but not the hype
Safety M.D. Jennings.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Green Bay Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings may be most known for having snagged a game-winning interception for the Packers that was incorrectly ruled a touchdown for the Seahawks, but he's also becoming known for creating game-changing touchdowns of his own for the Packers.
It's a tendency that's similar to a defensive back he idolized for his play - but not necessarily for his personality on the field, Deion Sanders.
"Deion, he was a great player. Whenever the ball was in his hands, getting out on the island, locking down receivers, that's the part that I like," said Jennings on the Mike McCarthy Show, which airs on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26.
However, Jennings added "I'm not with all the dancing and all the things like that."
He is into scoring touchdowns - two of them so far in his young career, exactly one-fifth of Sanders' production on the defensive side of the football.
"He's definitely a playmaker," said Coach McCarthy, who credited Jennings for how he reads offenses and "quarterbacks" the secondary.
"M.D. has shown that when he gets his hands on the ball, he knows where the end zone is."
The coach also sees the growth Jennings has made from free agent to key piece of the Packers' defense.
"We're very fortunate to get him where we did. He's an example of 'It's not where you start, it's where you finish,' " said McCarthy.
"M.D.'s worked his way up. When the opportunity came to start, he's answered the bell. He's a great example of how we build a football team here in Green Bay."