New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw completed his sixth season in the NFL after yesterday's game. For the second time in his career, he has reached the 1,000 yard rushing mark after the Giants' 42-7 rout of the Eagles.
Though rookie running back David Wilson received the starting nod, Bradshaw put on a dominant performance. He would finish the game with 16 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 41-yard reception.
"It feels great," said Bradshaw. "It was a big goal at the beginning of the year, and we just wanted to have a better year than last year rushing the ball, and I think we did."
Last season the Giants ranked dead last in rushing yards with 1,427, while this year they improved to 1,872 yards which is about average compared to other teams. Though the team improved its rushing attack, it didn't help them repeat last year's success. Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, Bradshaw was content with how he and the team played against Philly.
"We’re very happy with it," Bradshaw said. "We just wanted to come out and have a lot of fun today, and that’s what we did. We knew this could be the last ride for a lot of guys to be Giants, and we just wanted to have fun with those guys."
"It could be me at the same token," Bradshaw added, "so I just wanted to come out and put it all on the field."
There is some speculation that this could be Bradshaw's last season as a Giant. He's only 26-years-old and coming off his second most productive season, but he is constantly battling injuries, and some question how many more hits his body can take. Bradshaw's physical, punishing style of running is mainly to blame for his injury issues. Most weeks Bradshaw would only practice once or twice to save his body for gameday.
In addition, the Giants' first round selection, David Wilson, has really come on late in the season, and will likely get a larger role in the offense next year, causing some to wonder how valuable he will be. However, Bradshaw has made it clear he loves the Giants organization, and has no desire to play for any other team.
"I can’t look back on anything and regret anything," Bradshaw said. "This organization is the best in the business. Just the people around, the pride in the building, the heart of the game that these guys have player-wise, it’s top of the line."
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