There have always been a myriad of mixed feelings on New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. They began back in 2005 when he was drafted in the 4th round by blue and haven’t changed for the 6’4”, 260-plus-pound back out of Southern Illinois.
In his rookie year, Jacobs followed and listened to Giants’ then feature tailback, Tiki Barber. He could be seen around him at training camp his rookie year and following Barber’s lead with the fans, especially the kids. Jacobs even recently supported an attempted comeback by Big Blue’s rushing leader a few years ago. Jacobs never lost his touch with what and who mattered to him. His passions remain unbridled, but his body won’t follow suit.
As he begins his recovery from knee surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the 31-year-old bruising back will have to face a gut-wrenching decision as he rehabilitates: to play or not to play again.
Brandon Jacobs’ teammates speak nothing but in high regard for him too.
Andre Brown, fellow running back:
“Great player. Brandon really loves to be out there and playing ball and unfortunately injuries happen. You could tell that he was hurt. The way he still came out there last week and showed how much he really loves this team and loves us as a back unit showed support. He was a great leader. I learned a lot from Brandon and I don’t know what the future is going to hold for either of us. He was a very influential person in my career and I really respect him a lot as a man. Sad that he couldn’t finish the season out with us, but I know he’ll still be here. He’s going to probably be here tomorrow and he’s still going to be around. He’s going to still go out on the running back dinners with us every Friday, even though he’s going to be on crutches. I know he is still going to be a part of that and I’m just looking forward to seeing him tomorrow and hope he has a speedy recovery.”
Steve Weatherford, punter:
“I've never had a teammate with more heart, soul, and passion for the game. Brandon Jacobs has represented what being a NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANT is all about. He always laid it all on the line every Sunday!”
Brandon Jacobs himself has never been low on comments for the fans. His year-round outpouring of “shares” via social media (recent videos on Instagram show him pre- and post-surgery sending love to the fans) have been why the majority of fans have mad love for the big back. He never stopped bleeding blue.
"Y'all are gonna make me cry. … I love each and every one of you. Thank you so much for all your support."
Choose to remember the ol’ No. 27/34 that ran around MetLife Stadium with the last Lombardi trophy (post-Canyon of Heroes Parade) for the fans to touch, sharing his exuberance. Reflect on the player who wanted to come back and play football, but would play for no other team but the only team that had his heart: The New York Football Giants.
"There is no place in the National Football League I'd rather be than 1925 Giants Drive. Nowhere," said Jacobs. "We could have went 0-16, I would be happy and smiling in this locker room because I'm a Giant at heart. I love this organization. I love these fans. I love that 'NY.'"
Why couldn’t he (if his arthritic, swollen knees force him to) retire in blue, yet stay on the sidelines in a passionate assistant coach role?
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