Giants move out, make room for NFC reps at Super Bowl

Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (24) reacts during the

Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas (24) reacts during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys. (Nov. 24, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Players typically clean out their lockers the day after their season ends, but for the Giants that chore had deeper indignity this year. In a few weeks another team will be invading their space as Quest Diagnostics Training Center becomes the Super Bowl home for the NFC representative.

“Whoever they are, I hope they don’t trash the place up and they respect it like we do,” Terrell Thomas said. “I don’t care for them, I hate that. Having to clean our lockers out the day after the season is over is like they’re kicking us out.”

“That’s never a good feeling,” Rolle said of the tradition known as “baggie day” when players dump their belongings into trash bags and haul them away. “I think Jon Beason hates it more than anyone. He’s been talking about it for the last three days. Consistently. It’s not a good feeling at all.

“We play this game for one reason, to win the Super Bowl,” Rolle said. “Because of our play we haven’t allowed ourselves to be in contention for that … That irks me more than anything.”

While the players are merely tenants, even the landlord will have to vacate the building for some time. John Mara said he hasn’t gotten far enough along yet to decide how he will feel about giving his headquarters to another team for use to prepare for a Super Bowl in his stadium (or at least half of his stadium).

“I think when it happens I’ll probably feel it, depending on who it is,” Mara said. “But it probably will affect me when it does happen, yeah.”

Mara was asked if he is glad it at least won’t be the Cowboys traipsing around his hallways. Dallas was eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday night with a loss to the Eagles.

“No comment,” he said with a smile.

Tags: Giants , Super Bowl XLVIII , Terrell Thomas , Antrel Rolle , John Mara , Cowboys

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