The Giants players today voted five captains for their 2013 season.
Representing the offense will be quarterback Eli Manning and guard Chris Snee, both of whom have ten years of service with the team. This will be Manning’s sixth season as a team captain and Snee’s first.
On defense, defensive end Justin Tuck and safety Antrel Rolle were selected by their peers. It’s Tuck’s fourth time as a captain, and Rolle’s first.
Long snapper Zak DeOssie will represent the special teams. It’s his third year as a captain.
The five captains is the Giants’ highest total since 2008, when they had Manning, receiver Amani Toomer, linebacker Antonio Pierce, defensive tackle Fred Robbins, and punter Jeff Feagles leading the team.
“These guys were all elected by the players,” said head coach Tom Coughlin of his newly elected captains.
“I think the number one thing is always ‘team’ and people have to lead by example, first, and ‘well done is better than well said.’ Yet, through the course of the long and difficult, challenging season, you’re going to see an opportunity for people to show what they’re made of in good and bad and that’s where leadership comes from.”
Coughlin praised his new captains for their selflessness. “They have demonstrated over the years, honestly, not just this fall, a true, true interest and concern in the well-being of our team, not their own individual thing,” he said.
“I just think they’re guys that work in different ways and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and have done more than their part.”
Rolle, who has the shortest tenure of any of the newly elected captains, initially started off on the wrong foot when he signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2010 after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals.
At one point, he publicly opined that Coughlin was too rigid in his ways, encouraging the coach to “loosen up” but since then, the two men have cleared the air, and Rolle has become a model citizen in Coughlin’s Giants culture.
“You watch and listen to Antrel, and I think that you know that his heart and mind is in, and has been in for quite some time, the right place,” the coach said.
As a new captain, Rolle said he was humbled by his teammates faith in him, and noted that as a leader, he’s looking to empower his teammates.
“It’s not about me being a leader; it’s about getting other people to lead and having a team of leaders,” he said. “It’s not about two or three individuals, it’s about equality of the team.”
Snee, who has been a game day captain for a number of years, has often times deflected when asked to talk about himself, but he did say that it was an honor for him to learn the news when he arrived at work this morning.
“You open the door to the offensive line room and there’s one guy sitting behind that machine every time you peek in there and it’s 76 (Snee),” said Coughlin.