Dave Tollefson had just had x-rays on his injured knee Sunday afternoon and was coming out of the locker room when he saw his mother, who had rushed down from the stands to see him. A touching moment of parental love? Hardly.
“She’s like ‘What are you doing?’ and I’m like ‘Mom, I’m hurt,’” Tollefson said today, recounting the exchange. “She’s like ‘I don’t give a f---. Get it taped up! Get the hell in there!’ … I love mom. She’s crazy. In a good way.”
Tollefson’s pre-game phone calls with his mother, Derbra Crocker, are the stuff of Giants locker room legend. Before every game Tollefson speaks on the phone with her and she rips him a new one with more vulgarity than just about anyone can take. It gets Tollefson fired up, he says, and helps him perform in the game.
So when Tollefson was injured, she rushed down to give him more of an earful.
“Tape it up! You can’t tape it up? I didn’t fly out here from California to watch you ride the pine!” Tollefson said she yelled at him.
As for the injury itself, it’s a sprained MCL, which a guy can actually play with but it leaves other ligaments more susceptible to injury. Tollefson will not play on Sunday against the Packers, but he hasn’t ruled out playing against the Redskins in two weeks.
“(I was) on the Stairmaster today, so that’s got to be good, right?” Tollefson said. “I think it’d be a little easier if we had won last week to say I have a little more time to get better, but we’re behind the eight ball now so as soon as I can run I’m going to go. I don’t know when that’s going to be. Hopefully I can start running next week.”
Tollefson said it was hard to watch the Giants collapse without him able to do anything on special teams or defense.
“I’m not going to chase Vick down, but you want to be out there as a body,” he said. “They rely on me in the rotation and I want to be relied upon. So that was a little disappointing.”
It’s one thing for Tollefson to be disappointed. But there’s someone he doesn’t want to feel that way. Or else he’ll hear about it.
“My mom is disappointed in me that I’m not playing,” he said. “I don’t want to disappoint mom. I have to get ready to play every week.”