Back in early February, the New York Giants had to make the tough decision in releasing long-time running back Ahmad Bradshaw; a move a lot of fans were disappointed over, but knew was best to make given the team investing so much in former first round draft pick David Wilson in last year's NFL Draft.
In the summer, the Indianapolis Colts decided to sign Bradshaw and will use him as their starting running back once he is healthy enough to play. However, when the Colts come into town on Sunday night to play the Giants in the second preseason game of the summer, Bradshaw won't be suiting up for Indianapolis and won't face off against his former teammates at MetLife Stadium.
Even though he won't be playing in the game, Bradshaw told the New York media via conference call that he is very excited to return to New Jersey, but it will feel very strange to be standing on the opposite sideline for the first time in his career.
“It’s still strange, man. Just being with the Giants six years, and just knowing the whole system . . . with Indiana, it’s still strange. And they’ve taken me in like a brother. It’s an exciting time, just [being] able to get back to see the guys,” he said. “Get back into Giants Stadium.”
Bradshaw was originally drafted by the Giants back in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft and won two Super Bowls in his six years with the team and transformed from the team's third running back to a fiery locker room leader and the starting running back who had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Giants, one of which was back in 2012.
After the 2012 season, Bradshaw really never considered the thought that he would get released by the Giants and wanted to spend his career in New York, but he understood the nature of the business of the league, especially with Wilson in the picture.
“I never once thought it was coming to an end. I was just hoping. It’ll be very different,” he said. “I’ve been with the Giants my whole career. Never thought about it on the other side. It’ll be different. It’s the nature of the business. I expect to go through and have a great year with the Colts.”
One of the reasons why Bradshaw ended up being released was his inability to stay healthy, which is also why he stayed a free agent for so long this offseason before signing with the Colts. Bradshaw was just activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List due to the chronic foot injury that has nagged him during his career, which is why the Colts are keeping him out for Sunday night's preseason game against the Giants.
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