A conversation with Jon Beason

At the New York Giants Quest Diagnostics Training Center linebacker Jon Beason talked about reuniting with University of Miami teammate Antrel Rolle and his first impressions of the Big Apple.

Q:

How's your relationship with Antrel?

A:

Antrel? What's his last name?

Q:

I know you guys played together in college for a while. It seems like you are sort of kindred spirits, too.

A:

Yeah, you know what, Antrel might not even remember this. Antrel hosted me on my visit to Miami. When I came into Miami I was actually an athlete, I was brought in as an athlete. It was good, it was good. Antrel was like my big brother at the U for the first two years when he was there. I was a safety and I played DB. He was just one of those guys that reached out to me. I was No. 2, he was No. 6, so our lockers were close. Even throughout my college career and my pro career we've stayed tighter than most guys. The only other two guys that I'm really, really tight with are John Vilma and D.J. Williams.

Q:

So when this opportunity came here, obviously you knew he was here. Was he in contact with you at all?

A:

We talked earlier in the process, he was one of the first guys that I wanted to talk to. I said, ‘I'm coming up there and hopefully we can get this thing right.' It's a big stage, man. Everybody knows about the Giants. You're on prime time all the time, the media coverage is No. 1 and when you do well, things get magnified and when you do bad, things are the same. You know what, great players like that. They like that pressure. That's what being a Giant is. You ‘re supposed to uphold a certain level of performance.

Q:

When did you first start to realize that you might be heading here? A: It happened within hours. Coach told me I was getting traded and within hours I was trying to figure out a flight to get here.

Q:

Do you take that personally when they say, "You're not in our plans anymore, we're going to trade you?"

A:

No. Coach said, ‘Hey, I don't know how to say this.' I guess it was new for him as well. ‘We're going to trade you and it might not be a bad thing. A fresh start.' One of the first things out of his mouth was, ‘Maybe you'll get an opportunity to play MIKE linebacker.' There were no contingencies on that when I came in or wherever I was going, it was just to go play football. Getting a chance to get back to my roots, so to speak, was exciting for me.

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