When the New York Giants got together for the first time since winning Super Bowl 46, there were some missing persons. Specifically, the loss of former Giants running back, Brandon Jacobs, was felt in the locker room. Jacobs was a motivator and leader for the Giants, often delivering pep talks before games and revving up his teammates on the sideline.
Jacobs' absence was felt by one Giants player in particular, fellow running back, Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw and Jacobs were a duo and became close friends, both on and off the field.
As reported by Ralph Vacchiano's Twitter account, when asked about the first team activity without Jacobs, Bradshaw stated:
"Not to have him in that locker and for him not to be in here talking or yelling at me, it is different. Of course, we are going to stay friends and he is going to be there for me and I’m going to be there for him."
As aforementioned, Jacobs was one of the team leaders, especially on offense. When former Giants defensive end, Michael Strahan, retired after winning Super Bowl 42, Jacobs was one of the players that stepped-up into a leadership role for Big Blue. That void is something that Bradshaw knows needs to be filled.
"With B.J. gone I know that I have to fill his shoes in the leadership part and just speak my words when they have to be spoken… just be a leader and just use my talents and my heart to show this team that I care."
After losing Strahan to retirement, the Giants have had numerous players step into leadership roles, often within their respective units. However, Jacobs was one player that truly embodied the spirit of Big Blue and lead the team before games. It will take a serious push by Bradshaw to fill those shoes, but it sounds like he's ready for the job.
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