Bubba Wallace Receives the Ultimate Compliment From NFL Star That Will Make His Boss Michael Jordan Proud

Published 05/01/2022, 4:55 AM EDT

No matter what is said or written about him, Bubba Wallace is surely a trailblazer in NASCAR history. Yes, his numbers don’t exactly match his popularity (good or bad), but what he’s done for the sport can’t be measured in numbers, anyway.

Yet, all things considered, including his contributions to NASCAR as an activist and to his community, would you say Bubba Wallace is ‘the goat’?

Because that’s what Washington Commanders’ defensive tackle, Daron Payne, recently did. The NFL star posted a photo with the 23XI Racing driver as he attended the Cup race at the Talladega Superspeedway.


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What was interesting about the picture was the caption, which simply read, “🐐@BubbaWallace.”

“Pleasure having you there bro,” a humbled Wallace reacted to Payne’s massive compliment.

Bubba Wallace reflects on his miserable season so far as he outlines his No.1 goal

In a recent appearance at the NASCAR Live podcast, Bubba Wallace spoke about the poor season he’s had so far this year.

“There’s only been about one bright spot, that’s been Daytona. Other than that, I made the mistake of crashing in California in practice that put us behind. We got the car better and fast throughout the race then I go in there and wrecked Brad (Keselowski),” he said.

“We’ve had a loose wheel at Phoenix, Vegas, we got in the wreck there at the end. Obviously, the penalty there at COTA.”

Yet despite that, Wallace thinks they’ll be okay. He described how it is during the Monday meetings that they come face-to-face with the reality, which isn’t anywhere near in line with their expectations.

But it is the realization at least that keeps them calibrated to their goal.


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“The nice thing about that is, ‘Hey, if we clean up our mistakes, we can go finish here. And finishing 10th or 12th is well inside the playoff, which is the number one goal for our team this year,” Wallace revealed.

“I think we’re well capable of doing that.”

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Wheaties Toyota, waves to fans as he walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 27, 2022 in Fontana, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

So it remains to be seen whether Bubba Wallace and his #23 team make the playoffs this year.


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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.