Everald Flowers played football in college, keeps himself in terrific shape and knows his way around a weight room. So when his son Ereck decided to drop basketball and concentrate on football in high school a few years back, Flowers, 43, was excited to not only train him but train with him.
While other father-son combos spent time elsewhere, they spent their time lifting and working out side-by-side. About a year and a half ago, the son eclipsed his father.
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"I was like, 'This guy is getting strong,' " Everald said. "He was benching over 400 pounds and I was like, 'Whoa! I'm getting to the point now where I have to get somebody to help me spot you.' "
That, you'll come to learn, would be very different for them. Because since Ereck's mother passed away from stomach cancer when he was 8, it's been the two of them. Side by side. Just as they have been for the last few months and, in particular, the last few days.
The Giants selected Ereck Flowers, all 6-6 and 340 pounds of him, with their first-round pick on Thursday night. But he came as a package. So as the newest Giant made the rounds this weekend, stopping by Citi Field to throw out the first pitch on Friday and glad-handing fans at a team-sponsored draft party Saturday, Everald was never too far away.
That impressed the Giants.
"He is very, very close with his dad," coach Tom Coughlin said. "His dad is with him all the time. At his workout, his dad was there. I think that is a very strong relationship and I think that points to a very solid young man."
They are so close that they are navigating Ereck's contract together without the help of an agent. Given the way the collective-bargaining agreement works for first-round picks, there is very little negotiating that takes place. They'll have a lawyer look over the paperwork before Ereck signs, but he'll be otherwise representing himself (with, of course, that spot from Pop).
Everald watched Ereck's first news conference as a Giant Saturday. Both had the same hat and both wore Giants shirts. They came up from Miami together and will fly home to gather Ereck's belongings.
And then, for the first time since they became a family of two, they will be apart.
Sure, Ereck lived on campus when he was playing at the University of Miami, but Everald also lived in Miami, so they saw each other on weekends or whenever they had some free time.
Living so far apart will be very different, especially for Ereck, who just turned 21 and had never been to New York before Friday.
"I'll try to make the games," Everald said. "I don't think it's going to be much of a difference other than to come up here and see him on the weekend; it's going to have to be a flight and fly back. I go to work, he goes to work."
Everald has confidence that Ereck will be just fine.
"We were just hoping to go to a good place where he could fit and it would just be a good spot," he said. "I thought it was just perfect to land with the Giants. I think we landed at a good spot. I think that was the most important thing."