Everybody loves to talk about Brandon Jacobs' size.
It never gets old. Giants' fans recite these measurements with pride and relish, like first-time parents discussing their children or farmers bragging about prized livestock.
They are strange dimensions for any man, especially for a professional tailback. But these statistics have a way of obscuring the things that Giants' fans truly love about Jacobs.
"6'4", 264" hides exceptional balance, and an impressive ability to switch between agility and force.
"6'4", 264" hides the yang to Eli Manning's yin, a hectoring, inspirational presence on the field who energizes his linemen and the rest of his teammates.
Maybe most importantly of all, "6'4", 264" hides a fierce, proud competitor, a man who has quietly become one of the Giants' leaders, and a player who works for his team more than himself.
The following interview is designed to show Giants' fans what their favorite giant really looks like.
You signed a new deal shortly after last season ended. As a fan, I was really happy to see you get a new contract, but also somewhat surprised at how much money you took. You probably could have gotten more!
It seems like a lot of players on this team have signed contracts for less money than a team like, say, Washington or Oakland could have offered. Does Jerry Reese drive a really hard bargain or something? Or is it more an issue of keeping yourself in a good situation as a player?
While we're on the subject of staying in a good situation, you've been quoted saying you don't want Braylon Edwards. What is it about the team's chemistry that you're happy with now?
You've quietly become one of the team's mouthpieces and one of its leaders, and they're both kind of new roles for you; you were buried on the depth chart at Auburn, and you only played one year at Southern Illinois. Can you describe that process a little?
Speaking of which, there are people who take issue with some of the quotes you give to the press. That prediction of 13 wins, for example...
Why do you think people get so worked up about them? You'd think fans would prefer that to your saying "I think we'll be lucky to go .500 next season in this crazy division of ours.."
Another thing I've never understood is people who dislike how demonstrative you can be on the field. I know your aunt doesn't like it, but I think that's part of really being in the moment of competition.
I read an incredible story about how, after losing a high school playoff game, you went onto the opposing team's bus by yourself and shook hands and congratulated each player. Can you tell us a little bit about the role sportsmanship plays for you in football?
Finally, describe how you prepare for an upcoming season. Do you change your diet? Do you work out near your family, or do you like to go somewhere more isolated?
Do you have any football-related priorities during the offseason, or are you just a full-time dad?