Close your eyes and imagine New York Giants' 6'6"/ 330lb backup tackle James Brewer sleeping on a twin size mattress, similar to the one you had when you were a child. Okay, maybe that was a bad idea … but that has been the reality for many Giants players for the duration of training camp. With guys like Marvin Austin, Will Beatty and James Brewer all missing time with back issues, the quality of the mattresses at UAlbany have become a hot discussion.
It's important to note that the team supplies the mattresses, not UAlbany. However, as NFL athletes spend countless hours of each offseason training and getting into shape for the season, it's understandable how players can get frustrated over having to wake up with muscle aches after sleeping on small, rock hard mattresses. On Tuesday, Will Beatty shed light in the issue.
“You spend a lot of money getting your house right and then you come here and it just ain’t the same. You hit up Wal-Mart a few times, get some Tempur-Pedic toppers, your own blankets and, eh, it’s not the same,” he said.
While the accommodations at training camp are in no way an attempt to replicate a five-star hotel, one would think the Giants would do anything and everything to make sure their players were getting good, comfortable rest in order for their bodies to recuperate from the day's activities.
That seems not to be the case. With several players coming out and publicly stating their displeasure with their mattresses, this seemingly minor issue has left many wondering whether it has anything to do with the slew of injuries that have devastated the defensive tackle position. Tight end Martellus Bennet had his own take on the mattresses at camp.
“We’re big humans. Every bed is small,” Bennett said. “You can’t put a damn dinosaur in a twin-sized bed. … A normal-sized human jumps into a regular-sized bed and it fits perfectly. Large, big humans jump in a regular-sized bed, the bed’s too small."
As the season progresses this is an issue that will likely fade into obscurity. However, for now, it has the team wondering if the conditions at training camp are worth subjecting their multi-million dollar athletes too in the future. With the decrease in the allowed number of practices under the new collective bargaining agreement, it may not be worth it to travel all the way up to Albany anymore. It will be interesting to see what the team decides on whether to return to UAlbany for training camp in the coming years.
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