Last year when Brandon Jacobs and the New York Giants weren't on the same page he hit the road and didn't look back. Jacobs signed with the San Francisco 49ers and it didn't take long for him to realize he wasn't in New York anymore. Playing just two games for five carries and seven yards Jacobs made it clear that he wasn't happy.
Once a leader in the Giants locker room his time in San Francisco was filled with controversy. He called last season, when he was suspended three games for writing about his unhappiness with the team online and then released before the playoffs "a curse."
"I didn’t think it (my career) was done when they didn’t want to release me. I was told point blank, ‘do I look like a fool to release you and you go play for someone else and come back and play against us? Do I look like a fool?’ I felt good about it. I was like, okay, I see you’re scared of me," Jacobs said."
Jacobs played seven seasons for the Giants, helped the team win two Super Bowl rings and rose to fourth on the franchise's all-time rushing list with 4,849 yards.
He wanted nothing more than to be back in New York and that wish came true this week when the Giants signed him to bolster their running back group.
"I feel like I'm on top of the world," said Jacobs. "I've been waiting for this for a year and something now. I'm happy."
The Giants showed in their Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys that the running back position was a major issue. Jacobs took advantage of this opportunity and is returning to the team that he belongs to. The question became will Jacobs replace or mentor Wilson, but he rejected both theories.
"I'm here to work with David, to team with David to get this thing done," said Jacobs. "David is a great runner. I've been trying to get back here with David for a while. I feel blessed to be here with him, he's a talented guy. I'm really looked forward to working with him."
Coach Tom Coughlin also shot down the idea of Jacobs being a mentor to Wilson. If it comes along with the job then fine, but he's here to work.
"[Jacobs] is here to contribute to our team," said Coughlin. "What David Wilson can learn from Brandon, fine. Brandon will do a good job in that regard, but that's not the primary reason he's here."
What does it mean for Jacobs to come home and be a Giant again?
"It means a lot to me," said Jacobs. "To be a Giant that means more to me than anything. Making an impact and making a little noise and trying to get this thing right and be with my teammates, that means a lot to me as well."
Jacobs is ready to put the past behind him.
"When I came back in the building yesterday, did a little workout and I just knew then I'm not going to fail. I'm not going to fail. I'm going to succeed," said Jacobs.
Hear the full interview with Jacobs below.
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