Brandon Meriweather saw a familiar face when he arrived with his new team.

The veteran safety who was signed by the Giants on Sunday was reunited with linebacker Jon Beason. The two were teammates at the University of Miami for four seasons.

"Once a 'Cane, always a 'Cane," Beason told Giants.com. "So to me, it's about putting the band back together."

Beason was disappointed when another former teammate from The U, Antrel Rolle, left the Giants as a free agent for the Bears. Now, though, he has Meriweather to hang out with and recall all of the fun times from Coral Gables.

Beason and Meriweather have much more in common than just being teammates in college. They share a birthday, and in the 2007 NFL Draft they were selected by the Patriots and Panthers with back-to-back first-round picks.

"We had an ongoing bet who was going to go first, and he one-upped me," Beason said. "It was all good."

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"I beat him, he knows that," Meriweather said of being taken 24th and Beason 25th. "I actually thought he was going to go first, but yeah, I beat him."

Beason was also excited to get Meriweather to help the defense.

"Extremely intelligent player, could be coaching one day," Beason said. "Understands fronts, run fits, coverage, entry angles, how to break on the ball. That's how you get big hits, taking the proper steps and anticipation. He's going to help us tremendously, a veteran, another voice back there, and I think it's going to make our secondary a lot better."

And make both Beason and Meriweather happier.

"That's my brother," Meriweather said. "It's like going to a family reunion. It's like getting back with your brother. In his and my case, getting back with my little brother."