Chris Canty and Ahmad Bradshaw were both released by the Giants today, and both gave radio interviews that showed the kind of class they have. While either could have bemoaned the team’s decision to cut them and griped about being shown the door just a year after winning a Super Bowl, both instead had nothing but kind words for the organization.
“This is part of the business,” Bradshaw said on WFAN. “The Giants are still like my family … The relationships built between us, that will always be there. They respected me, they called me, talked to me … There’s no hard feelings there.”
Canty, talking on ESPN Radio in New York, had a similar take, saying that he will remember the relationships he had with teammates and staff.
“They made going to work a positive experience every day,” he said. “I wish everybody here the best.”
Bradshaw said he would be open to returning to the Giants for less money, but Canty signaled that that would not be possible in his case.
Bradshaw is only 26, but he has chronic foot and ankle problems that have limited him throughout his career. He is recovering from surgery two weeks ago to remove and replace a screw in his foot, surgery he said he should have gotten last year.
As for his career, Bradshaw insists it is not over.
“After I’m feeling well and get back right this year I think I’ll be even better,” he said on WFAN. “So there’s no telling how long I’ll have for the rest of my career … I’m very confident I’m not done. I feel I’m just accustomed to the game. Playing as a Giant running back for six years, it teaches you a lot about the game. I don’t think anybody in the league does what the Giants running backs have to do in the game of football, contact wise and being more physical than other running backs. Our game shows that. But I feel like I can be a good part of anybody’s offense.”
That’s in the future. Today was a chance to look back on the past.
“New York will always be my home,” Canty said.
Added Bradshaw: “It was a blast.”