New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs met with reporters today, and his quotes read like a man in a much different frame of mind than he was when Monday when he said he had "nothing positive to say."
From Mike Garafolo, here is part of what Jacobs had to say after visiting with students at Brooklyn's Essence school Tuesday morning.
"I went home and I realized I do want to play this game a little longer. I don't want to leave," said Jacobs, who told students he wants to play three more seasons. "I talked to my wife and we've got to get it done. This is what I want to do. I had a talk with Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle, I talked to Ahmad (Bradshaw) and a lot of other guys. At the end of the day I'm playing for them. I don't really care about anything else. I'm playing for them.
"I want to win with them because those are my guys and they're always going to be my guys and my friends years down the line. So I've got to do what I've got to do: stand up and stand tall for them."
You guys know that I ripped into Jacobs pretty well on Monday. Today, I have to give the big man some credit.
Let me say this. Jacobs sort of stepped in it on Monday, but I don't believe he meant to. I have never talked to him in person, but I know he has a reputation as an emotional guy who wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn't necessarily trust everyone. His frustration with his performance, his reduced role and the booing he received Sunday got the better of him on Monday. That is not surprising. Not smart, either, but not surprising.
Tuesday. Jacobs vowed "you're going to see a change."
Credit Jacobs' wife, his teammates, Jacobs himself for realizing he is the only one with the power to make his situation better. Credit whoever you want. All Giants' fans care about is that the Giants win games, and sooner or later they will need a productive Jacobs to help them do that.
Getting his mind clear is a good first step.