Jimmy Failla is joined by NY Post columnist Steve Serby.
The guys preview the Giants’ Monday night matchup at MetLife Stadium against the Cowboys and break down if trading for Leonard Williams made sense.
Former Giants great and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Bavaro chats about playing with the intense Lawrence Taylor, positives with the current team, dealing with pain and a tight end today whose game compares to his.
On the Giants’ locker room back then:
Bavaro: It was very intimidating…not only Lawrence and Harry [Carson], but Carl Banks, Andy Headen, Byron Hunt, Gary Reasons…some of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. It was very intimidating, but it also made me a better player.
On going up against Lawrence Taylor and earning respect:
Bavaro: I like to think I earned their respect my rookie year in camp. There was one moment in camp where I went out for a little short pass and Lawrence Taylor blindsided me, knocked me on the ground, almost knocked my teeth out…and I got up. I was a little mad because I didn’t think you should do that to your own teammates and I just whipped the ball at his head and he just kind of smiled and walked back in the huddle. I was ready for a confrontation and it never came and I said to myself…I think he respects me. I took that as a sign that we’re cool…that I was part of the team and he respected my abilities and that he didn’t feel the need to have to teach me a lesson.
On blocking as a tight end:
Bavaro: I was responsible for Phil Simms getting killed many a time. I have a reputation as a great blocker, but I certainly have my own letdowns as far as Phil Simms was concerned.
On playing for Bill Parcells:
Bavaro: He was a huge motivator. A lot of people kind of joke around that we never spoke and that’s true…we very rarely talked to one another. That was all part of his way to motivate me. I had some trouble in college with coaches and I had a bad reputation as an uncoachable player. I think it took Bill probably a little while to figure out what buttons to push for me and when he figured it out, we were great. He came to the conclusion … don’t push any of my buttons and we’d get along just fine. Not only would we get along, but I would go above and beyond for him, because I felt like he was treating me with a lot of respect. I think he valued my abilities and he would compliment me and that wasn’t something I had received in the past. For me, positive reinforcement was great. The more you yelled at me, the less I would get by it. He was smart enough to realize that.
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