"I was extremely honored," said Rolle, "As a young kid, you always dream about certain things. You dream about playing in the NFL, you dream about making Pro Bowls. I know being named captain of the New York Football Giants is a huge accomplishment. It's something I never, ever even imagined would take place."
Now in his fourth season with the team, Rolle has made an impact both on and off the field with the Giants. Always more than willing to chat with reporters about anything, Rolle has backed up his talk with five interceptions and 230 solo tackles. This week, he was finally rewarded with an official leadership position. That won't change the way he goes about his business, though.
"If they named me captain for doing what I have been doing, why change it?" said Rolle, "Being a captain definitely holds its value and there's a huge standard and reputation you have to live up to, but at the same time, it's not about me being a leader. It's about getting other people to lead and having a team full of leaders."
The Giants will need a team full of leaders in order to improve their defense this season. In 2012, they ranked in the bottom half of the league in team defense, and the offense wasn't good enough to make up for it. With a lot of the same players coming back to play defense in 2013, the Giants will need to depend on Rolle's leadership and a lot of hard work in order to get better.
"It doesn't matter if we were ranked the number one defense last year, we'll still go out there and play with a chip on our shoulder because in this game you can't be complacent. You can't be complacent, that's when you find yourself in a hole you really don't want to be in."