Sunday afternoon will be a massive opportunity for Jaire Alexander. One of the best cornerbacks in the NFL also has a big-time challenge in front of him coming into the NFC Championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After being snubbed from the all-pro first team by the Associated Press, there is no doubting Alexander has a heavy chip on his shoulder heading to the NFL’s biggest stage to take on who many consider to be the best quarterback of all time in Tom Brady.
During the 2020 season, Alexander has lived out each Sunday on an island matching up with the opposing team’s best receiver. On Sunday, the Buccaneers boast two different – while very good – receivers with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
In the first tilt between the two clubs during week six of the regular season, Alexander was dominant against one of the NFL’s best despite the Packers losing the game.
Last week in his coverage against the Rams, he allowed -3 yards. Yes, that is negative three. Despite playing like the best cornerback in the NFL this season, he does not get nearly the love that other top corners have been decorated with.
Overshadowed by a star QB
Of course, there is a reason he is so less talked about than others. He is playing on the same team as Aaron Rodgers, the favorite for the winner of the league’s MVP award. If pure box score stats were not considered for the award, Alexander would be well under consideration for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Corners like Jalen Ramsey are forced in to being one of the biggest features of their team because of mediocrity at the quarterback position. With Alexander still in and other corners like Ramsey on the outside looking in, surely the former Cardinal finds that hand much more likeable.
When the Green Bay Packers take the field just after 3 pm eastern time on Sunday, do not be shocked if Alexander turns out to be the best player on the field and a true game changer that lifts the Packers to head to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay.
One of the most unique personalities in the league. Period.
Who else is wearing those glasses, that hat, and the cut-off vest in the bitter cold of Wisconsin? None other than Jaire Alexander.
His hilarious press conferences and intriguing social media may lead you to believe his natural persona would attribute him to a species relating as much more alien than actual human being.
But that is what makes him so great, isn’t it? Corners have personality. The characteristic of confidence has always been important for the position. But nobody does it quite the way that Alexander does.
Never forget this throwback of him celebrating former Louisville teammate Lamar Jackson being selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.
As amazing of a player he is, he is every bit the person. Wherever his peak lies, Louisville, Packers, and NFL fans alike are all rooting for this young man collectively.
With the Lombardi on the line, Alexander has everything he needs to play hero once again with the same unique personality that got him to this point.
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