Giants RB Brandon Jacobs undecided on future, blames 49ers for misdiagnosing knee
Brandon Jacobs hasn't made a final decision on his future but would like to return to the Giants.
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Jordan Raanan/NJ.com By Jordan Raanan/NJ.com
on December 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM, updated December 31, 2013 at 8:43 AM
EAST RUTHERFORD -- Giants running back Brandon Jacobs limped around the locker room on crutches, commanding the room with his deep, baritone voice like he always does.
Jacobs and the new knee cartilage he received from a cadaver -- a 16-year-old boy who died in a car crash, he said -- wasn't quite ready to call it a career. The cartilage graft surgery done on his left knee gave Jacobs hope that the free agent may return to the Giants Ė and only the Giants Ė next season.
ďI approach the rehab as if Iím playing next year because Iím undecided right now,Ē he said.
Jacobs, 31, will talk over the decision with his wife in the coming months. Whether or not trying to return to the football field will affect his long-term ability to play with his children will factor heavily into the equation.
Right now, it appears a long shot. No NFL player has ever undergone the rare knee surgery, which only two doctors in the United States perform, that Jacobs had done.
And then there is the question of whether the Giants are interested in his services. That will also play a major role.
ďIíll only play here, no question,Ē Jacobs said. ďAnd if thatís not the case, take it for what it is. Give me a box. Every other Sunday Iíll put my Giants shirt on, my Giant hat, and root for this football team, this organization. Iím only playing here.
ď[To heck with] all them other teams. [To heck with] all them other teams. I tried that already. Iím a Giant. Iím a Giant up and down, 0-16, 16-0, 8-8, whatever you want to call it. Thatís what it is.
ďAnd thatís what I take it, and this is the organization that I love. I won two championships here. Itís never going to be the same anywhere else. I tried to tell a lot of these guys that too.Ē
Jacobs spent most of last season with the San Francisco 49ers. Heís made it known throughout the year that he didnít enjoy his experience on the West Coast.
It was made worse when Jacobsí knee continued to give him problems. It took him all of one game this season before his knee needed to be drained. Jacobs pointed the finger at the 49ersí doctors.
ďI should have had surgery [at the end of last year]. Come to find out, I should have had surgery then but I didnít,Ē he said. ďSo I came back and when I did stuff on it, it blew up. I started to get my knee drained the first week I came back here.
ď[San Francisco] told me I was fine. I didnít need surgery. I was fine. So I took it for what it was, thinking they knew what they were talking about. I didnít question the medical staff because I didnít get a degree for it. They did. So I didnít question the medical staff.Ē
Jacobs managed the pain for a while this season. He played in seven games and rushed for 238 yards with 4 TDs after being re-signed early in September.
If this is the end of the line, Jacobs finishes with 60 career touchdowns, the most in Giants history. And if this is the way it ends, he's not going to complain. This is where I was meant to end.
"I was happy where I was before I came back, but I wanted to finish as a Giant, not that 1-day contract crap," Jacobs said. "I wanted to put it on the line and then be done. Right now, I think I ran pretty good with this knee being the way it was."