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Giants Now: Kayvon talks life as football player


Kayvon Thibodeaux talks life as football player in 1-on-1 with UNINTERRUPTED

No. 5 overall pick Kayvon Thibodeaux made his long-awaited NFL debut Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

The rookie outside linebacker finished with one solo tackle, a pressure and a pass breakup, and received the third-highest overall mark on the Giants defense with his 73.2 overall grade. Limited to just 37 snaps in his debut, Thibodeaux's overall grade is the highest among rookie edge rushers going into Week 4.

Thibodeaux recently sat down with UNINTERRUPTED's Maverick Carter for a 1-on-1 interview in which the two dove into a variety of topics.

The Giants rookie talked football, entrepreneurship, his lifestyle and a whole lot more in this exclusive interview. He also went into his love for the game of chess and why he embodies what it means to be more than an athlete.

"I've always been big," Thibodeaux told Carter. "A mentor of mine always tells me, he's like 'You're the biggest guy in the room, so people are already looking at you. They're just waiting to hear what comes out of your mouth.' And that kind of dictates who you are. So, it's always been like 'How can I let people know I'm worthy? And then 'What can I do to set myself up to be in the best opportunity?' Because I hate to lose. So it's like 'how can I continuously just be at an advantage?'"

The rookie also shared that once the draft process began, he had his sights set on one place and one place only.

"When the time came and I started visiting, I'm like 'New York,'" Thibodeaux told Carter. "You start thinking about 'Man, where can I live? How would I like it?' It was New York all the way."

Check out the full Kayvon Thibodeaux's full interview with Maverick Carter below.

Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.

NFL to Celebrate the League's International Diversity with Helmet Initiative in Weeks 4 and 5

The National Football League (NFL), in partnership with over 200 players, coaches and executives, will celebrate the growing number of nationalities and cultures that make up the fabric of the League with an initiative that will see players take the field with international flags on their helmets. 

Players across the league will proudly wear a helmet decal of the country or territory's flag that represents their nationality or cultural heritage across Weeks 4 and 5.

In the player-led initiative that looks to showcase the global influence on the League and recognize the impact that those contributing nations across the world have had on NFL rosters today, fans will see over 50 nations and territories represented.

Players can choose to wear, alongside the American flag, the flag of an international country or territory if they lived there for two years or more, or have a parent or grandparent who were born there.

"The NFL is proud of the extensive collection of nationalities and heritage of its players across the League," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We recognize the many cultures they represent and the excitement they bring to their home fans, which ultimately helps grow our game."

The Giants have seven players between the 53-man roster and practice squad that are participating in the initiative:

  • OL Joshua Ezeudu - Nigeria
  • K Graham Gano - Scotland
  • OL Devery Hamilton - Germany
  • S Tony Jefferson - Mexico
  • T Roy Mbaeteka - Nigeria
  • T Matthew Peart - Jamaica
  • RB Sandro Platzgummer - Austria

Giants sign CB Fabian Moreau off practice squad; Sterling Shepard to IR

The Giants today placed wide receiver Sterling Shepard on injured reserve and signed cornerback Fabian Moreau off their practice squad.

Shepard, the seven-year veteran who is the Giants' longest-tenured player, tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on the Giants' final offensive play in the 23-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. He was running a route that was neither near the ball nor another player when he fell to the MetLife Stadium turf and grabbed the same leg in which he tore his Achilles tendon last Dec. 19.

On Monday, Shepard led the Giants with five receptions for 49 yards. He ended his season with 13 catches (tied with Saquon Barkley for second on the team, one behind Richie James) for a team-high 154 yards. He has the Giants' longest reception this season, a 65-yard touchdown in the season-opening victory in Tennessee.

Shepard, 29, is eighth in Giants history – and fourth among wide receivers – with 362 catches. He has caught a pass in 64 consecutive games in which he's played, the fifth-longest streak in team history. In 76 career games – including one in the postseason of his rookie year – Shepard has failed to catch a pass just once, on Nov. 27, 2016, at Cleveland.

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