The Giants signed Free Agent Safety Antrel Rolle away from the Arizona Cardinals. Antrel had impressed the Giants with his physical play and big play ability. What the Giants didn’t know was his character, and it was a rocky start. Antrel was a walking sound byte throughout his first year. He agreed to do a radio spot on WFAN with hosts Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts, now I like Joe and Evan, but they are self described Jet fans. Antrel should have known he would have to watch how he answered certain questions. Antrel never hesitated in criticizing coaches, and even some players along the way.
When Antrel was forced to play out of position at nickel corner he barked a bit. He wanted to do what he was signed for, and that was to be a run support safety. Antrel did a fabulous job, but was quick to let people know he was playing out of position and doing the best he could. Once again this year it looks like Antrel will be asked to play a little corner now and again….but his answer this time was a bit different.
“But when Merritt approached the seven-year veteran this time, he got a pleasant surprise. Rolle said “no problem, Coach” when he was told to switch positions. Then on Monday, when the Giants found out Thomas would be out a while and Merritt told Rolle the switch might be permanent, he said, “Whatever it takes.”
Now that is a Giants answer. Antrel has seen the light. Antrel now respects these coaches and sees what hard work and discipline can bring. Antrel is a champion, and now he is a Giant for life.