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Retirement or Otherwise, Brandon Jacobs Has Cemented a Tremendous New York Giants Legacy

December 14th, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

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.

'Brandon Jacobs' photo (c) 2012, Zennie Abraham - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

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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6 Responses to “Retirement or Otherwise, Brandon Jacobs Has Cemented a Tremendous New York Giants Legacy”

  1.  stuh says:

    A good player and I assume a good locker room guy. But he is probably finished in the NFL. I don’t know if he is coaching material.
    With Wilson’s condition which could end his career the Giants better draft another running back. Because Brown is a nice player who is injury prone.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      +1

      RB is a huge need with Wilson a question to play again and with Brown being both a free agent and extremely injury prone. We need at least 1 RB and maybe 2-3. I think Cox can help next year but he’s a question too. We clearly need a 3rd down RB that can protect and be a real threat out the backfield. Brown decent in that role but we could use someone with more YAC ability. There have been complaints about our short to medium passing game but IMO some of that it due to lack of quality underneath targets. So while we need to get much more out of the TE position we clearly need better options at RB as pass receivers.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I think clearly Seattle is the best team in the NFL. They play an old school style and even in today’s arena football that works. If this were 20 years ago it wouldn’t even be close. Though given what we have seen the past decade the best regular season team rarely wins. I still think Detroit is a spiting image of us 2 years ago. If I was Seattle that’s a team I really wouldn’t want to face after maybe being rusty. Detroit has work to do to make the playoffs but if they get in with their playmakers and pass rush look out for them.

    NE even if they get homefield with their injuries they IMO can’t beat 2 quality teams to make it to the SB. The Bengals remind me of us in 2007 because the major question everyone has about them is their QB. I don’t really believe in him myself but if he plays good football they have enough players around him to make a run. I also would be wary of the Ravens. If they make the playoffs they will have to be playing very good football because their schedule is tough. Flacco reminds me so much of Eli because he isn’t pretty but he has the ability to play as good as any QB but just doesn’t do it consistently.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    No mixed feelings here and only the uninformed would have any negative feelings about his performance . Just the fact that he was a 4th rounder and to be playing in 2013 speaks to the fact that the Giants got a darn good pick and certainly go ttheir moneys worth . His enthusiasm and his commitment to the Giants certainly puts him up there among my Giant favorites

  4.  GIANTT says:

    So will the conditions tomorrow slow Seattle down and perhaps make this a closer game or is this going to be one of those games with 80 points scored and no defense? At this point of the season , only going game by game , Im really not sure what kind of game I want . It would nice for the Giants to come out and keep it close and if the Giants can run effectively there may be a slim chance for them . This would be the type of game that a back like Jacobs would do well .
    As far as his future goes , I can see him resting up in the offseason and trying to make it in training camp .

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Conditions now look as though it won’t be bad during the game. Unless Seattle figures that this is a “relax” game that they don’t need and gives us just their ” B-” game this should not be close.

    But I’m looking forward to seeing a real football team. Haven’t seen one at Met Life all season.

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