With just one day left before New York Giants players report for 2017 training camp, let’s check the headlines and see what is being written and said in the final hours before football returns.
Gary Myers has penned a letter to Odell Beckham Jr. basically begging him not to be the next New York superstar to let his career go up in flames. Myers names Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and several others. He did not name Jeremy Shockey, but certainly could have. Here is part of what Myers wrote:
This is the most important year of your career with big money just waiting to fill up your pockets. We know you are doing the Giants a favor playing at $1.8 million this season and not making a big stink about it. At least not yet. I think they are prepared to give you a new long-term deal sometime this season or definitely before next March to wipe out the $8.4 million option for 2018 they picked up.
Here’s the issue: You have yet to prove you are all grown up. Maturity was the mandate from GM Jerry Reese after you beat up the wall outside the locker room at Lambeau Field following the worst game of your career in the playoffs in Green Bay. ...
Down the corridor from Reese on the second floor of the Giants offices, co-owner John Mara insists he wants another dozen players just like you and hopes you spend your entire career with the Giants.
The messages from Reese and Mara may be a bit conflicting, but the realization is the same: They know they have something special and don’t want you to blow it. You are unstoppable on the field — unless you stop yourself.
“I think this should be a championship-type team,” said Billy Ard, a guard on the Giants 1986 Super Bowl winner. “It’s not just getting into the playoffs and lose in the first round. This should be an NFC Championship type of team and I think anything less would be upsetting to management, the fan base and the players.”