Brandon Jacobs' career in the NFL had appeared to be over, especially since he needed to have surgery done on his knee this past month and many felt that his season with the New York Giants in 2013 might be his final one.
But Jacobs isn't looking at retirement anytime soon and refuses to discuss it publicly. Instead, he's looking at the possibility of playing in 2014, although at this current moment, he's not sure what to expect for next season in the NFL and with the Giants.
“I approach the rehab as if I’m playing next year because I’m undecided right now,” he said.
After winning two Super Bowls with the Giants in 2007 and 2011, Jacobs spent a season with the San Francisco 49ers, a move that he ultimately regrets from start to finish and never really meshed well with the players and with their head coach in Jim Harbaugh. So after a year away from the team, the Giants needed veteran help at running back due to the injuries to Andre Brown and the fumbling issues of David Wilson after Week 1, so the Giants signed Jacobs before their Week 2 game against the Denver Broncos and scored a touchdown in his first game with the team in a 41-23 loss back in September.
Jacobs most productive game all year long was back in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears stepping in for the injured Wilson and had 22 carries for 106 yards with two touchdowns in a 27-21 loss, but after the game, Jacobs dealt with a sore hamstring and ended up being sidelined with the injury for a month and didn't return until their game against the Green Bay Packers; another game where Jacobs scored a touchdown in his return to the team. His final game was in a 24-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys; Jacobs had nine carries for 75 yards in the loss, but that is where the knee injury came into effect and after a couple of weeks to see if the knee would get better, the Giants placed him on season-ending injured reserve.
On Monday after the team's 2013 regular season finale victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, Jacobs stated his strong desire to play only for the Giants if he were to return for another season in the league.
“I’ll only play here, no question,” Jacobs said. “And if that’s not the case, take it for what it is. Give me a box. Every other Sunday I’ll put my Giants shirt on, my Giant hat, and root for this football team, this organization. I’m only playing here. Screw all them other teams. Screw all them other teams. I tried that already. I’m a Giant. I’m a Giant up and down, 0-16, 16-0, 8-8, whatever you want to call it. That’s what it is. And that’s what I take it, and this is the organization that I love. I won two championships here. It’s never going to be the same anywhere else. I tried to tell a lot of these guys that too.”
While it remains a long-shot that Jacobs even plays another down in the NFL, much less with the Giants, his willingness to only play with the team has won over the entire fan base and shows them that he embodies everything they want in a player, especially his mental toughness and passion for the team. But his age and the surgery he just had on his knee are working against him, so there might be a strong chance that Jacobs has played his final snaps in the NFL, but if so, he at least got to do so with the team that he loved playing for and the place that he called home.
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