When New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium at the NFL Combine on Friday afternoon, one of the first things he mentioned was how difficult it is to let veteran players go who have meant so much to the team. He said he'd like to "wrap his arms around all of them" and keep them forever. Alas, the business side of the NFL doesn't allow for that, and tough decisions have to be made.
One of those tough decisions – perhaps the toughest so far – was calling running back Ahmad Bradshaw down to his office and informing him that after two championship runs with the team, it was time they go their separate ways.
While reliving that on Friday, Coughlin offer incredible praise for Bradshaw, and gave him perhaps the greatest compliment an NFL player could ever receive.
"Tough. He’s a young man, he’s a human being, nobody’s perfect, but when that guy took the field, there was never any question about what his intention was and where his intensity was and what he would bring to the table in terms of toughness, courage and how he played," Coughlin said. "The Giants organization loves Ahmad Bradshaw. We have tremendous respect for him and what he’s accomplished. He’s been on two Super Bowl champion teams and played the game when there would be many, many people who wouldn’t even try it. [He] can’t walk Thursday, but he plays on Sunday. From that standpoint, when he came down to my office, it was tough. It was very tough. I’d be less than honest if I didn’t tell you that."
A return to the Giants is unlikely for Bradshaw, but neither he nor the team have ruled it out as a possibility. Big Blue remains his number one choice should the opportunity arise for his return, but in the event that it doesn't, Bradshaw says he'd like to play closer to home and closer to his family.
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