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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Justin Tuck wants everyone to know that he has no desire to be a Cowboy. And Brandon Jacobs doesn't mind being called a bully one bit.
A day after two Cowboys had things to say about Tuck and Jacobs, the New York Giants pair responded in typical fashion for Dallas week. Tuck and Jacobs reiterated their respect for the Cowboys, but also their hatred for all things Dallas.
"First of all, I don't know when I called Dallas Cowboys Stadium a dump," Tuck said. "Obviously, they have a pretty nice stadium. And me wanting to be a Cowboy ... hmm. I don't wear Wranglers, Cowboy hats or boots or those buckle belts. I don't wear none of that. And I don't need a star on my helmet to tell me I'm pretty good at what I do."
Tuck was speaking in response to comments made by Dallas' DeMarcus Ware, upon being told that Tuck called Cowboys Stadium a dump in 2009.
"He says that because maybe he wants to play here," Ware, a Pro Bowl defensive end, told Dallas reporters on Wednesday. "Everybody wants to play for the Cowboys. If I wasn't playing for Cowboys I would call it that too because I want to play for them."
On Wednesday, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins called Jacobs "a bully."
"Thatís what you get from him," Jenkins said of of Jacobs and anti-Cowboys trash talk. "He is a bully."
Jacobs took that as a compliment.
"They are going to say what they are going to say, no matter what," Jacobs said. "I am a bully. They can call me what they want. I think people who call out bullies are afraid of bullies."
The Giants (6-6) and Cowboys (7-5) meet Sunday night in Dallas for the first of two meetings that will decide the NFC East. The Giants have won five of their last seven meetings against Dallas -- including the the last two at Cowboys Stadium -- but that hasn't stopped both sides from trading words.
"I hate anytime that we play them," Ware said. "It's just not the Giants, because guess what, the team is trying to come in here and take your manhood. So it don't matter who you're playing. It's sort of like a battle, gladiator against gladiator, who wants it the most."
When asked whether the Cowboys can get their manhood back by beating the Giants on Sunday night, Ware told Dallas reporters, "We've got to figure out how to get that back."
"They need to get their manhood back?" Jacobs asked, when told of Ware's comment. "[If they] felt like they lost it, I don't know what to say about that. I never felt like I lost my manhood. I don't care if we lose 16 straight, I am going to have my manhood.
"I don't know what he meant by that. [Ware] is a great player that we really have to play extra attention to. If he felt like he don't have it, I hope he ain't got it this week."
Tuck believes Ware was trying to get his Cowboys teammates motivated for this division showdown.
"He wants to win," Tuck said. "He is just like me. I can understand why he would say something like that. He is their captain. I am sure he is using that statement to point the fingers at some people -- without pointing the finger at some people."
Tuck, though, will never hide how he truly feels about the Cowboys, a team he despises.
"They hate us and we hate them," Tuck said.