For some reason, Rolle knew he would have to lead more. On Thursday, the Giants announced that Rolle was elected as one of five captains for this coming season. Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie will return as captains. But the players also elected Rolle and veteran guard Chris Snee -- two Giants who were also considered leaders in the locker room.
Rolle is one of the most respected voices on the team.
"I was extremely honored," Rolle said. "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. I’m definitely excited for it and I thank my teammates for even having that trust in me and the accountability in me to even name me a captain."
This is the first time the Giants have named five captains since the 2008 season when Manning, Amani Toomer, Antonio Pierce, Fred Robbins and Jeff Feagles were captains.
"These guys were all elected by the players,” Tom Coughlin said. “Am I happy they were selected? Yes, I am because I think the No. 1 thing is always ‘team’ and people have to lead by example and ‘well done is better than well said.’
"Yet, through the course of the long and difficult, challenging season, you’re going to see an opportunity for people to show what they’re made of in good and bad and that’s where leadership comes from. Adversity, remember, makes you stronger, according to John Wooden.”
Rolle said he is not going to change one thing about the way he acts or leads now that he is a captain.
"This is my first privilege to be captain on an NFL level," Rolle said. "I know what value it holds. Just go out there and play ball. You can say what you want, you can lead however you want but what gets determined more than anything [is how] you play between those white lines.
"That is my plan before anything else, go out there and being accountable, being in the right position where my teammates expect me to be, making the plays that present themselves and going out there and doing my thing."