Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis have played against each other for years, starting with a high school all-star game and continuing through their years in the AFC East.
But Ginn had something new for his longtime rival Sunday, using a double-move to get behind Revis for a 36-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 27-6 win.
Ginn ran a hitch-and-go, getting Revis to bite on the fake, and was alone along the left sideline when Cam Newton hit him in stride.
“I tried to give him the same as I always do, and it worked,” Ginn said. “It’s going to be something that he’s going to have in the back of his mind. From here on out we’re going to continue to be that duo that fights. I know next time when I see him it’s going to be on.”
Ginn, an Ohio native, first played against Revis in 2004 in the Big 33 Game that pits Ohio’s best prep players against those from Pennsylvania. The two squared off their first three years in the league when Ginn was in Miami and Revis, a four-time Pro Bowler, played for the Jets.
Ginn said the two are friends.
“He got me sometimes where it’s not as big and as on a big scale to where everybody sees it. But for me to do what I did, we were just competing,” Ginn said. “I’m not a new face to him. He’s not a new face to me. I know next time I come out I’ve got to be ready. That’s just how it is.”
Revis, who was questionable for Sunday’s game with a groin injury, left in the second half with shoulder and chest injuries and did not return.
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