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Summer Q&A with Safety Darian Thompson

Posted Jul 21, 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:

Safety Darian Thompson

Q: What does "Giants Pride" mean for a rookie in this organization?

A: It’s huge here, and me only being here for a short period of time, it’s not hard to pick up what they mean by that. This is obviously a fantastic organization that takes pride in everything they do, all the little things, and it’s easily rubbing off on the rookies and they’re starting to understand that and believe in it as well.

Q: Everyone noticed right away that you’re very vocal out on the field. Where does that energy come from and what’s the excitement level on the team right now?

A: This is a job that a lot of people dream about since a very young age and to actually be here, you’re truly blessed, and I just think about that every single day and it gives me the energy I need to go out there, practice hard, be vocal, and to compete. Just being out there with some of the older guys that have been here and know how this process works, it’s truly a blessing for me. I’m honored, and I’m just going to continue to improve.

Q: What’s one thing that you can do that can make a difference here?

A: One thing that I can do that can make a difference here is just be a leader back there in the secondary. Learn how to play well with the safety next to me, and also the corners, the veteran corners that are here, someone that they can rely on in the back end that is going to get the job done when he’s called on.

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Q: Now that you’re in the NFL, how important is it to give back to the community?

A: I think it’s extremely important. Like I was talking about earlier, a lot of people have a dream of becoming a professional athlete, but a very small percentage actually make it here, and the kids that are less fortunate, they may seem like it’s too far away to even reach. And to be able to go out into the community and actually be there and meet people face to face and to help the less fortunate in any way, it is extremely important not only for our organization, but for the lives of those people. 

Q: Where does your competitive side come from?

A: It’s just a will, a want, a need to be successful at what you do. Regardless of the profession, it can be a doctor, a lawyer, there’s always going to be competition involved. For me, to be a football player, I think that might be one of the most extreme areas of competition you will find, and that’s just what you have to be to play this game because there’s a lot of people here that are playing to feed families, and they don’t really have a choice but to compete and the job is on the line. So that’s one thing that I’ve learned here very quickly and coming into the NFL, I just love to compete as it is, so I’m looking forward to that aspect of it.