Sometimes it's hard to avoid your past, especially when you're a public figure in the spotlight and your professional career is on full display. That may go double for an NFL player since they're always in the media spotlight.
"The Bullygate" scandal that rocked the Miami Dolphins organization was one that everyone remembers from last year involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, but one of the players involved in the scandal, now New York Giants reserve guard John Jerry, apparently played a very prominent role in it from the reports. But Jerry is trying to move past all that.
Looking at the Giants as a fresh start and a new chapter in his life, Jerry, despite everything that happened in Miami with the Martin situation, still feels like he can provide guidance, leadership and be a mentor to some of the younger players on the team.
"(I can help) from experience," Jerry said. "I have played a few games myself, I would be more than willing to lend a hand out to him. You can’t get rattled. You can’t let one bad play turn into two bad plays. He’ll be fine. He is a tough young guy. Very smart and very competitive. He’ll definitely do fine."
The one player that Jerry has taken under his wing as of late to help get ready for potential NFL play this season is second round pick Weston Richburg, who could be starting at one of the two guard spots now, especially due to Geoff Schwartz's dislocated toe injury suffered this past Friday night. Some people around the league might laugh at the notion of Jerry actually being a mentor in the league given the role he had in "Bullygate" and if he actually had anything to offer to someone like Richburg, but Jerry isn't worried about the events in Miami and knows what he can do to help the Giants young lineman.
"I'm not worried about proving anything to anybody," Jerry told The Star-Ledger. "Weston has been here since the spring. I've been knowing him since the spring. Obviously, he knows who I am, but I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I've got a very good sense that Weston knows who I really am. There's no doubt, man. That's why it is called a team. I could definitely be there for my teammates. No question."
Before this past week, Jerry's spot on the team was in question, especially after he had been dealing with injuries and fell down the depth chart, but he worked with the starters on Sunday with Brandon Mosley dealing with a back issue, so maybe Jerry has a much better chance of making the Giants after all.
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