Who is the toughest cornerback you’ve faced?
Mark Duper: “I can’t pick just one so it would have to be Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes of the Oakland Raiders. Haynes was the best cover guy with his long arms and he could run, and Hayes was right behind him with his sure hands.”
Which receiver did you look up to growing up and why?
Bess: “Jerry Rice just because of his work ethic. He was a guy that was not highly rated coming out of college and went to a small school and he busted his tail and took pride in working hard and being the best.”
Duper: “Nat Moore because he played with the Dolphins and he taught me almost 99.9 percent of the things to do on the field in tough situations.”
What is/was your favorite pass route to run?
Bess: “Any route that gets me open and gets me the ball.”
Duper: “My favorite routes to run were a post, a takeoff and the deep comebacks, but the ones I caught the most were the comebacks and takeoffs.”
What was your most memorable catch?
Bess: “Probably the New England Patriots game in 2010 in the corner of the end zone (a 21-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Thigpen).”
Duper: “There are a bunch of them, but I’d have to say the one against the Rams that went to overtime (December 14th, 1986, a 37-31 victory). We got the ball and Dan (Marino) threw it up in the end zone behind the cornerback and I didn’t get my hands up until the ball was right in the back of his head and I snatched it up over his head and came up with it in the end zone (a 20-yard TD reception).”
What is/was your best asset as a receiver?
Bess: “Being quarterback friendly and knowing how to read coverage.”
Duper: “I could catch the football very well and when I got behind you and the ball was thrown properly the ball was my ball and not your ball. Having good hands on the deep ball and being able to run routes were my greatest assets.”