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Nicks to doubters: "I'm the one wearing these shoes"

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks gives a thumbs

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks gives a thumbs up sign to a fan in the bleachers who asked about his health during team training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Aug. 2, 2013) Credit: James Escher

Hakeem Nicks has been patient with the groin injury that has kept him on the sideline for about a week, and he was patient this spring when he skipped OTAs while coming off of knee surgery. But not all Giants fans have his patience. Some are growing weary of him being on the sideline, even if it’s just for the early stages of training camp. And after a season of watching him limp through a subpar performance, he’s starting to get a label as injury prone or fragile.

Nicks understands those concerns, but he doesn’t share them.

“Honestly I feel like they are just on the outside looking in, so they really don’t know the situation,” he said. “I know the situation. I’m the one wearing these shoes. So to all the fans, like I said before, it’s not about me being lazy or anything like that. It’s about making the right decisions, about making sure that when it is time to go for the season opening game, I will be full ready to go and it’ll be on.”

Nicks said he will be on the field for practice tomorrow. He missed only three games last season despite a knee injury that required offseason surgery. Ahmad Bradshaw, who was hailed for his toughness, missed two games, just one less. Nicks could have gotten more credit for pushing through that difficult year. But he hasn’t.

“That’s nothing I really worry about,” Nicks said. “It’s football. It happens to the best of us. I think it’s the media market that I’m in, they like to put it on blast a little bit more. It comes with the territory. You just got to know, it’s football, anything can happen when you step on the field … There is nothing you can really get upset about. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. You can never change that. But I know what I am obligated to do. I know the way I am going to play this game. And I am going to be playing it for a long time.”

Nicks spoke at a commercial shoot for New Era’s new campaign, “Speak With Your Cap," where he shows fans how he wears his Giants official on-field cap both on and off the field. The shoot was at MetLife Stadium.

“It is definitely a blessing to be able to come and do things like this,” he said in between takes. “I have been with New Era going into my third season now. It is always good and it is a blessing.”

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