EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants safety Deon Grant could care less about the New England Patriots trying to avenge their stunning loss to the underdog Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
“I don’t care about their revenge. I’m trying to win a Super Bowl,” Grant said Thursday. “It’s like when I’m getting in a fight with somebody. I’m not looking at why he’s gonna be coming in and swinging really hard because of what’s in his mind. I’m trying to knock him out before he knocks me out. I could careless what’s in his mind.”
Grant wasn’t on the Giants’ roster four seasons ago when they beat the 18-0 Patriots, dashing New England’s hopes of finishing with an undefeated record. But he knows what the talk has been about that game.
“They feel like the first Super Bowl we beat them in was a lucky one. That’s the talk,” Grant said. “They’re still not giving the Giants their credit. We feel like we have something to go out there and prove.”
Several Giants still remain from the Super Bowl XLII glory days. But Grant is one of four members of the current roster -- safety Antrel Rolle, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard and offensive lineman Tony Ugoh are the others -- who have been on the losing side in a Super Bowl. Grant was on the Carolina Panthers when they lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
“We’ve got guys in this locker room that have played in the Super Bowl that haven’t won,” Grant said. “So, the whole talk is about [Tom] Brady and history and all that. Our revenge is definitely in this locker room.”
Grant was asked what his memories are of playing in the Super Bowl.
“The main thing that sticks with me is that we lost,” Grant said. “I remember the week as far as the distractions and all that, but the main thing was that we lost. They had a ring and all I walked away with was an NFC championship ring.”
Grant, 32, has been in the NFL 11 season. He knows this could be his last shot at getting that elusive championship, so he’s going to do everything in his power to get it.
So is Rolle.
“I don’t want to be on the losing end,” said Rolle, whose Arizona Cardinals lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. “If I have to get carried off the field, than so be it.”
Rolle wasn’t about to guarantee a victory in Super Bowl XLVI, but did guarantee something else.
“We’re going to go out there, give it our all and be the best Giants team that we can be,” he said.