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Indianapolis Colts’ Ahmad Bradshaw Excited to Return to “Giants Stadium,” See Old Teammates

August 16th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Doug Rush

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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5 Responses to “Indianapolis Colts’ Ahmad Bradshaw Excited to Return to “Giants Stadium,” See Old Teammates”

  1.  Krow says:

    Best wished to him for a few more productive years. He’ll always be remembered fondly.

  2.  Krow says:

    One thing is really nagging me … and simply put it’s this …

    Is the NFL in a transition period to a more simplified, college-style, mobile QB offense ?

    Because if this is true … then we’re in trouble because we’re not built that way. And it’s not just the players. Our coaches … our scouting … our GM … they’re all steeped in Giants Football. Pressure the passer … protect your own QB … win with superior execution.

    Two recent Superbowls attest to the validity of this formula.

    But if … IF … the NFL world is changing then we’re going to be one of the last to get on that train. And that means we could be in for quite a dry spell.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Just another fad that will fail rapidly as defenses adjust and mobile QBs get hurt (they always, always do).

      •  kujo says:

        Buy low, sell high.

        With the new rookie pay scale, the first 4 or 5 years come cheap. Perhaps we’ll be seeing teams refusing to do these 5+ year extensions because of the truism you mentioned. Could be that it becomes a 6 year QB league, where you’re either gone or hurt after 6 years on the team. It would be a generational shift, the sort that happens slowly over the course of 10 years or so

        It’s something I’ve considered recently as well

  3.  rlhjr says:

    It’s the Madden 62 PPG physiology. Designed to draw casual fans to the NFL.
    All the defensive constraints and rule changes have nothing to do with player safety.
    They are designed to insure offense are given yardage and TD’s. It all about money.

    The purity of the game of football is the last thing on the minds of Goodell and the majority of owners. It dollars. In and of it’s self there is nothing wrong with that.
    But these clowns have sold out the game. What was previously earned in the game is now given away, with rules created to insure point production.

    The game has and always will evolve on it’s own. But these changes are artificial and it shows when the NFL attempts to legislate the micro seconds involved in making a tackle. Or how each individuals reflexes should respond when lowering his head and shoulders. Not hard to see BS in action. Not hard at all.

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