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Summer Q&A with LB Jasper Brinkley

Posted Jul 23, 2016

Giants.com chats with players for a Summer Q&A about all things Big Blue:   

Get excited. July is the last month without NFL games.

As you -- and Giants players -- enjoy summer vacations, the 2016 season is right around the corner. After reporting for training camp on July 28, the Giants will open the preseason on Aug. 12 vs. Miami and kick off Week 1 at Dallas on Sept. 11.

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Leading up to the team's return to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, Giants.com caught up with some members of the team for a quick Q&A about all things Big Blue.  

Today, we have:


LB Jasper Brinkley

Q: Now that you’ve spent a season here, what does “Giants Pride” mean to you?

A: Just thinking about the great linebackers that have been here, every day I put my uniform on, I owe it to the guys that have paved the way before me. Every time I see Harry Carson around the building, I always go and speak to him because he is the original 53 and knowing that he wore that number, I owe him so much gratitude and respect, just because I’ve seen how he played the game and I want to be able to play the game the same way. And when people see 53 on the field, I want them to know that, hey, this is a guy that’s going to give it his all. 

Q: What does it mean to be able to give back to the community?

A: I think it’s very important to give back, because I always go by the saying, 'To whom much is given, much is expected.' Sometimes it’s not about money, revenue, or whatnot; it’s more being able to give your time because you never know how you can affect a group of kids, or even a group of grownups. You can go in a room with 100 people and if you can affect two or three, you know you’re doing your job. And when it comes to the kids, the youth, I feel like giving that time back, they’re able to see success at their fingertips, and every time I go home, that’s why I try to go visit the high schools, and all the elementary schools. 'Hey, if he can do it, I can do it.' And let them know also some of the obstacles that come in the way and just how you have to have a level head and be humble at the end of the day.

Q: How important is leadership and what can you do to keep that going in your position group?

A: Being the middle linebacker, I’m just like the quarterback, I’m like Eli [Manning] on the defensive side. You know, guys are going to look to me, and when situations get gray, they’re going to look to me and hear my voice, and know which direction we need to head. But at the same time, I have to be on my P’s and Q’s, as well. I can’t go out saying I want to be a leader and not lead by example. That’s major. You know a guy that wants to be a leader, he has to definitely lead by example, and practice what you preach. The other 10 guys are going to look at you and be like, 'OK, is he standing by what he’s saying? Is he doing what he’s saying?' And I take that pride on my shoulders, and I just want to be able to convey that to those guys and let them know, hey, this guy’s really what he says he is.

Q: The Vikings are on the schedule this year, and you’ve spent some time there. What will that game mean to you?

A: It’s always important once you’ve spent so many years somewhere -- I’m not going to let it take me out of my game -- but I definitely want them to know that they missed out on a great player and I was fortunate enough to land on a great team, great organization from top to bottom, and I’m cherishing every moment of it. Every time I’m on the field, I just want to go out and represent Big Blue very well.