Who is/was the toughest cornerback you have faced?
Mark Duper: “Raymond Clayborn of the New England Patriots had a knack for anticipating the routes and jumping the routes and getting his hands on the ball and just making it tough on me to get open.”
Who sets/set the bar at your position?
Gibson: “There’s a bunch of them. There’s Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall. Those guys I think are at the top of their game at their sport and kind of set the standard.”
Duper: “It would have to be Jerry Rice, though he did have a ton of balls thrown his way by Joe Montana, which allowed him to put up the types of numbers Mark Clayton and I strived for. His route running and his ability to catch the ball and make plays after the catch really set the bar.”
Which player did you admire growing up?
Gibson: “Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Eric Metcalf and Emmitt Smith. Those are the guys I liked to watch when I was younger.”
Duper: “I grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, so old double-zero, “Bullet” Bob Hayes, was the guy I looked up to because of his Olympic speed and ability to get open on the deep ball and stretch the field.”
What has been/was the most memorable moment of your career?
Gibson: “It’s probably my game-winner against Buffalo in 2012 with St. Louis because of the situation and the actual play. There was less than a minute left (48 seconds) and we were down 13-7 and I had to leave my feet in the end zone to make the catch.”
Duper: “There are a bunch of them, but I’d have to say the catch I made against the Rams that went to overtime (Dec. 14, 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 (for a 20-yard TD reception).”
Which coach had the biggest influence on your playing career?
Gibson: “My college position coach (Michael Levenseller) and my high school basketball coach (Rod Iverson). Those two taught me a lot and I think really made me a tougher athlete and a better person.”
Duper: “Obviously, it’s Coach Shula because he took a chance on me by going into the backwoods and pulling me out of the woodwork, so to speak. I was a track guy who hadn’t played a lot of football but he saw something in me and was responsible for the career that I had.”