On Sep. 5, three days before disaster struck, the New York Giants made what may have been their most important personnel decision of the year.
It wasn’t a surprising cut or last-minute signing, it was the naming of ninth-year safety Antrel Rolle as a team captain.
Rolle joined veteran captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Chris Snee and Zak DeOssie. The former Arizona Cardinal, who was made the NFL’s highest-paid safety when he joined the Giants in 2010, was honored to have earned the trust of his teammates after only three seasons with the squad.
“It’s something I never even imagined would take place,” Rolle told the New York Daily News. “I’m definitely ecstatic for it. And I thank my teammates for even having that trust in me, that accountability to name me captain. I’m extremely honored.”
Rolle is the only one of New York’s five captains not drafted by the Giants.