Broncos’ Bradley Roby pushes back on Jason Witten’s criticism
Bradley Roby got caught.
Playing right side corner of the Bronco defense with a Doug Martin run to the left, Roby was caught by ESPN color commentator Jason Witten for not hustling into the play.
Like it or not, it happens. Players take plays off. A pass rusher on the left will stand and watch a run to the right. Cornerbacks and a blocking receiver almost have an unwritten rule when they’re away from the play — you don’t hurt me, and I won’t hurt you.
But Witten, the former hardworking Dallas Cowboys tight end who will likely wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was unforgiving in his attack on Roby, saying the cornerback quit on his team.
“It was unfortunate," Roby said. “I felt like he was reaching to say that because it was the end of the game, and for him to characterize me as a quitter or quitting on my team, I feel like that’s the most disrespectful thing you can say in a team sport.
“So, for him to say that off of one play … you know, it was really a mistake. I thought the play was over, I was wrong. But for him to say that, it just made me mad because I have kids that I go see at the Children’s Hospital that have cancer and are paralyzed, and I tell them ‘Don’t quit’ and this and that. And he’s going to say that when the game is over. Did Jon Gruden quit when he kneeled the ball three plays in a row after when he could’ve scored? No. The game was over. I just felt like it was kind of unnecessary.
“But on the play, it did look like I stopped. So, I understand where he’s coming from. But I didn’t feel like it was necessary.”
Roby wondered if Witten was paying him back for the 42-17 whipping the Broncos put on the Cowboys in week two last season.
“I was talking a little trash to him when they came up here and played last year," Roby said. “Maybe he remembers me from that, I don’t know. I sacrifice so much. I still have stitches in my mouth from the week before when I had a hole in my face, and I kept playing.
“I think it’s just something he has to learn. It’s his first year, I believe, commentating. He just has to learn the power that he has and the perception. I really wasn’t going to say anything about it, but I just know that people listen, people believe stuff like that. I just think it’s something where he has to pick and choose where — he has to have more evidence before you characterize someone like that. I don’t fault him, I’m not mad about it. I just want to defend myself because I don’t want people thinking a certain way about me when I made a mistake.”
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