2013 was a disappointing season for the New York Giants. They failed to reach the post season for the second straight season, finishing 7-9, the first time they have had a losing record since 2004, Eli Manning’s rookie season. That is not to say that there were not bright spots on the Giants team however. Even underachieving teams have players that perform well, and that is no different with the 2013 Giants. In my opinion there was no better Giant this season than Antrel Rolle.
The 31 year old safety set career marks this campaign in tackles (98), sacks (2), interceptions (6), and pass defenses (12) in his first year as a defensive captain. His six interceptions rank him tied for second in the entire NFL behind Seattle’s Richard Sherman.
Rolle was a catalyst on the defense all season long for the G-men and was, in my opinion (and his own, if you follow him on twitter), deserving of a Pro Bowl selection this year despite not making the roster. There can be no doubt that Rolle took his promotion to captain seriously, at least his performance on the field and his off the field interviews certainly seemed to reflect that he did.
There were other Giants I considered before ultimately choosing Rolle for this fake accolade. Linebacker Jon Beason (whose importance I highlighted in a previous post) made a huge impact on the team after he was acquired from the Carolina Panthers, and Wide Receiver Victor Cruz, who had another productive year, were my other considerations but ultimately the choice was pretty clear for me. Rolle was the most consistent performer all season. All season was what ultimately took Beason out of the running, if he had been here all year It would have been a much harder decision.
Congratulations to Antrel Rolle on being named Empire Writes Back’s 2013 New York Giants team MVP. I’m sure it really eases the sting of being a Pro Bowl snub.
Feel free to tell me who your Giants MVP was for this year.
(all stats via NFL.com)