Rolle apologizes for 2012, wants to hunt in 2013

Antrel Rolle celebrates his fumble recovery during a

Antrel Rolle celebrates his fumble recovery during a game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 9, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Antrel Rolle is sorry.

That’s the message the Giants safety had as he punctuated the 2012 season with his final weekly appearance on WFAN on Wednesday. Rolle was asked for his parting thoughts on the season that ended Sunday with a 9-7 record but no playoff berth, and he took a repentant posture in answering the question.

“My final message would be … to apologize for a letdown,” Rolle said. “We try to go out there and give it our all when we can. Unfortunately we came up a little bit short this year. It’s something that pretty much caught all of us by surprise.”

The mood of the 2012 Giants was so unpredictable that Rolle said he didn’t even know whether the team would come out to play hard against the Eagles in the regular-season finale on Sunday. They wound up beating the Eagles, 42-7, after losing back-to-back games by a combined score of 67-14 against the Falcons and Ravens.

“To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect,” Rolle said. “I was hoping for that kind of outcome, that kind of heart, that kind of sense of urgency going into our final game of the season. But to be honest with you, was I confident? No, I wasn’t too confident because I didn’t know what to expect.

“Inconsistent,” Rolle added. “That sums up every angle you can look at.”

Next year, though, Rolle doesn’t plan on being as apologetic.

“Come the 2013 season all I can do is do my part, be as (good of a) player as I can be and try the best I can to make sure the team is on the same page and that, more important, that we’re hunting,” he said. “That we’re going to hunt from the first preseason game all the way to the Super Bowl if God (willing) we make it there. Just try to be a better overall team on a more consistent basis week in and week out and we’ll see where everything else takes us from there.”

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