The former City College of San Francisco star is on football’s biggest stage as the starting free safety for the New York Giants in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. During the regular season, he was second on the Giants with 84 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. During his busy week in Arizona, he reflected on his time in the Bay Area, which included playing at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, where he still makes his home.
Have you spoken with CCSF coach George Rush recently? As a matter of fact, I spoke to him last week. He said he was proud of me. He also said to play the [Super Bowl] like I’ve always played.
What about some of your teammates at CCSF and Oak Grove High School? Have you spoken with them? Oh yeah, I spoke to a lot of my ex-teammates. They are all very happy for me. They wished me luck.
The flu bug has hit some of your defensive teammates. How are you? I am fine — it didn’t hit me at all. The trick is to drink plenty of orange juice.
How is preparation coming along for Sunday’s game? We had a lot of meetings during the first week of the Super Bowl. We didn’t spend time on the field. However, we got to practice Tuesday and it was great to be out there. Our concentration level was very good. We will be ready to play.
How do you think Super Bowl Sunday will turn out? I feel like we are going to win the game. We can play with anybody. It’s going to come down to playing like Pop Warner football — you need to be able to tackle on defense and move the ball on offense.