Pro Bowl safety Antrel Rolle played five seasons with the Giants:
Antrel Rolle was one of 80,000 spectators gathered at MetLife Stadium for Sunday's NFC East clash between the Giants and Eagles. There, the veteran safety watched two young Giants at his position – Landon Collins and Andrew Adams – grab early interceptions that propelled the team to victory.
A day later, he announced his retirement.
"I'm done, yeah, I'm done," Rolle said Monday on "Good Morning Football" on NFL Network.
The official decision ended an 11-year career for the eighth overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2005 NFL Draft. A product of Miami through and through, Rolle played in 165 games for the Cardinals (2005-09), Giants (2010-14), and Bears (2015) while making 156 starts, including 10 in the postseason.
Rolle was named to the Pro Bowl three times, twice with the Giants, and earned second-team All-Pro honors in 2010 and 2013. His crowning achievement was winning Super Bowl XLVI with the Giants, redemption from losing one with the Cardinals three years earlier on Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's go-ahead touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds to left in the game.
After five seasons with the Giants and two years as a defensive co-captain, Rolle signed with Chicago as a free agent in 2015. However, a knee injury limited him to just seven games. He was released this past May.
"I'm at total peace. I'm at total peace," Rolle said. "You know, like I said, going out, you're 33 years old, you go on injured reserve last year, that's going to scare a lot of teams away. I understand how the business works, and I'm fine with that either way."
Like some of the new names on this year's Giants defense, Rolle came to the team as a big-ticket free agent in 2010 following a Pro Bowl season in Arizona. Those pieces continue to mesh, as Rolle witnessed on Sunday.
Photos from Antrel Rolle's Pro Bowl season.
"Defense is balling," Rolle told Bob Papa and Jason Taylor on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "They're doing what they need to do. They're creating turnovers [in] a system that right now, in my opinion, is being led by Landon Collins, who is playing an All-Pro season right now. The young guy is balling and he's on a roll. So let's see how it shakes out. Like I say, football really starts in November."
Following three consecutive wins, the Giants are 5-3 heading into a Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals. During a special halftime ceremony, the Giants will induct three new members into the team's Ring of Honor, including Rolle's former head coach Tom Coughlin.
"I think we're two people that are extremely genuine," Rolle said. "I think we're passionate about what we're doing, and more importantly, when I look into his eyes, I can understand that he's a loyal guy and I know that it's coming from the heart. When he looks into my eyes, I'm pretty sure he sees the same thing.
"At first, I just wasn't used to a certain type of regimen. I wasn't used to a certain type of system, and it was on me. I put the blame on myself. I needed to mature. I needed to understand if this is where I am, this is how it has to be done. And once we established that and we got that wrinkle out of the way, it was smooth sailing from this point on. And he knew that I cared so much about the team and the team's success. And I was his guy. I was his guy that he could count on, I was a guy he could talk to, and vice versa."