New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle went to the sidelines on Monday night after dropping a sure interception and assigned himself 20 push-ups. After all, he spent the prior week talking about how the Giants must take advantage of their opportunities and react more productively to adversity, so his self-imposed punishment seemed appropriate.
A man of his word, Rolle then returned to the game and promptly came up with an interception that all but sealed the game. How's that for taking responsibility and reacting more positively to adversity?
However, despite the win, Rolle feels the Giants have more pressure on them than ever before. Sure, they finally snapped their 6-game losing streak and put one in the win column, but with six losses and nine more games to go this season, Rolle hasn't given up and believes Big Blue must "win out."
"I think the pressure is on more now than ever. In my eyes, we have to win out. We have to win out. We dug a pretty good hole for ourselves and we have to fight like hell to get out," Rolle said on his weekly WFAN spot.
Considering the Giants are 1-6 with their sole victory coming over the absolutely dreadful Minnesota Vikings, many will feel that's a stretch and criticize Rolle as they often do following any interview he ever conducts. But who can criticize this sick autographed Giants gear? Like many others, Rolle has come to expect that sort of reaction, but has no plans on changing.
"I take a lot of heat for the things that I say or me expressing myself as a player, but I've never ever been the type of guy who worries about what anyone else says or what they think," he added.
And who knows? Maybe after a win the team will finally begin to buy into this latest mantra.
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