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Favre: Jenkins destined for superstardom

IRVING, Texas -- Brett Favre raved about the entire Dallas Cowboys' defense, but perhaps his highest praise went to a second-year cornerback.

"No. 21 is going to be a superstar in this league for a long time," Favre said during a conference call with Valley Ranch media.

Chills ran through Mike Jenkins' body when he read that quote.

Jenkins, who has emerged as a star after a rocky rookie season, cares deeply about how his peers perceive him. That's why he referred to the December trip to New Orleans to face Drew Brees as an "opportunity game," a chance to make a name for himself.

That Favre thinks so highly of Jenkins is especially meaningful to him. Favre and Steve Young were Jenkins two favorite quarterbacks while he was growing up in Florida. He dreamed of competing against them -- and he finally gets his chance against Favre, who is playing as well as ever.

"The dude is amazing," Jenkins said. "I was just watching film and saw him pump the ball four times to one side, then go back and complete the ball to the other side. I’ve never seen anything like it. The dude is amazing.

"It’s going to be a great opportunity for me to go in and play against a future Hall of Fame quarterback. I’m going to embrace every moment of it."