For every road game this season, Giants.com will catch up with a member of the team for a travel Q&A. For this week's game in Philly, we talked with linebacker Markus Golden.
Q: What do you normally bring when you travel with the team?
A: I need to have my tablet, of course. I bring two bags. I bring the stuff I need. My stretch bands so I can stretch in the hotel (if it's a) long plane ride. Of course, I need to have my headphones so I can listen to some good music. That's really it. As long as I have that, I'm good.
Q: What do you like to do on the trip?
A: I sit next to Zo (Lorenzo Carter) so when we get on, we talk a little bit, probably show each other something on our phones. Before you know it, I'm relaxing. I'm going to sleep. It'll be hard for me to sleep sometimes too. I try to make sure I go to sleep and get some rest on the way out there. Sleep a little bit, get a little snack. I always get a cranapple. That's what I do when I first get on. I have to get a cranapple with a cup of ice. That gets me right. It gets me in my mood, I'm cool and then after that, I can get some rest.
Q: So you always sit next to Zo?
A: Yeah, every trip I've taken has been with Lorenzo. That's my boy. That's my dog.
Q: What do you like to do when you get to the hotel?
A: I get to my room and I text my mom. My mom likes to know I made it, so I always hit her up and let her know 'We made it mom. We're here.' From there, the linebackers, we try to have a dinner if we can. Sometimes we don't, but if we eat, we go out to eat. If not, then I just relax in the room, just watching TV, talking on the phone. I video chat my kids. Just chilling out, getting ready for the later meetings.
Q: Have you been to Philadelphia before?
A: I played there once. I played in Philly one time my rookie year. That's the only time I ever played there.
Q: What's been your favorite city to travel to for an away game?
A: Chicago, basically because I'm from the Midwest. It made me feel like I was back in my stomping grounds a little bit. On top of that, that was a close game from where I'm from in St. Louis, Missouri, so my family was able to come down. A bunch of my family came down. My niece and nephew came. I haven't seen them in a while. They're great kids, so I got to see them. My sister was there. That was good. That was my favorite trip.
Q: What are you most looking forward to Monday night?
A: What I'm looking forward to is playing a game. This is what we live for. You work hard during the week, and the fun part is on game day. It's usually Sunday, but this time it's Monday night. It's a blessing. We get to play in the Monday night game, and we get to go out there and compete. You can't complain about that. That's my favorite day of the week, game day.
The New York Giants make their way to Philadelphia for Monday Night Football against the Eagles