Mac Attack 2/15/12: New York Giants wide receiver, and Charlotte Native Hakeem Nicks calls in to talk about the Giants Super Bowl win, North Carolina’s new coach, and his love for Charlotte.
Nicks said going in to the Super Bowl, he was nervous because of the pressure, but also excited for what was to come. He said he and his teammates went in to the game confident the Giants would come out on top.
“I was confident the whole time, it was just a matter of us going through it again…I was poised for the moment…we went down there with confidence. Eli was like, ‘We’ve been here before guys, let’s get it done,’ and we were all just like, ‘Let’s do it!’”
There has been much scrutiny over the game winning touchdown scored but Nicks defended the decision to score. He felt putting points on the board was not only most important at the time, but would just further cement Giants dominance over the Patriots when the defense once again, rattled and shut down Tom Brady.
“I honestly didn’t care. I wasn’t mad that we scored. I believed that our defense would stop them. Our defense was playing solid all game, doing a good job of frustrating Tom Brady.”
Nicks spoke highly of quarterback Eli Manning and his ability to lead the team. He praised Manning for his work ethic, saying he has never seen a player that cared so much of the game and was truly a student of the game.
“Eli is one of the top quarterbacks in the game. I am not just saying that because he is my quarterback…he is the definition of a true pro. I remember one day, I was just going to work to watch film, and I happened to peak my head in the quarterback room, and this is like 9 o’clock on a Monday after we played on Sunday, and he was in there with like four or five pages of notes already…he is a student of the game, he knows the game, he is smart, he breaks defenses down like no other, like I have never seen before…”