Why did you decide to write a book now?
I felt like I’ve been through so much in my life, and there are only short
versions out there or some aspects in newspaper stories and elsewhere. I just
wanted to tell the full story and not half of it or a piece of it or what’s
happening now. I wanted to start from the beginning and go all the way through.
And my mom was asking me to write a book as well.
What message do you want readers to get from “Out of the
It’s a book for adults and kids. It’s for anyone who was through a tough time
or is in a tough time and think that they have been through so much and can’t
pull themselves out of it. But if they read my book, they’ll know that I’ve been
through a tumultuous time and things that you would think that would keep me
down. And through all of that, I persevered and survived and made good out of a
sometimes bad situation.
In the book, you discuss the other athletes from Paterson, N.J.,
including Larry Doby and Jason Perry, and how they motivated you. Do you hope to
provide the same motivation to young athletes?
I hope so. That’s always the goal, especially being from Paterson. I hope a
lot of the kids and the teachers, even from local schools, can pick up the book
and because my face is on it, it will be something that will inspire the kids to
read. I think they won’t find the book boring but inspiring. I hope my story
really gets kids — not just in Patterson but everywhere — motivated and gets
them excited about reading a book and reading about my life.
How are you and the Giants going to prevent a letdown this
Just by understanding that we were 9-7 in the regular season and we had some
tough games and we had a lot of mistakes. And we know that there is plenty of
room for improvement and plenty of room for growth within our wide receiving
corps and our entire team in general. And I think we are all still hungry. We
know that we are young and we know that we will be able to make another push for
it again this year if everybody stays healthy and everybody stays focused.
Will the team miss Mario Manningham?
Just from a personality standpoint and a friendship standpoint, we are going
to miss him. But we understand that this is a business. And things like that
happen. Guys get traded. Guys join new teams. It’s just part of the game. But we
got some younger guys that we have to test a little bit, and they have to step
and learn the position and learn what they have to do to get better.
Do you expect defenses to pay more attention to you?
I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and understand that the double team
is going to come and not be shocked by it. I’ll alternate my routes accordingly
and still be able to do the same things I’ve been doing. Hopefully, when I get
double-teamed, that just means my teammates are open and they can make the best
of their one-on-one situations and there is room for everyone else to get
Were you surprised to learn about the New Orleans Saints’ bounty
I was a little bit surprised, obviously, just hearing about the things that
happened. I just want to know at the end of the day that all N.F.L. players and
coaches are good-character people and the league will get to the bottom of
You’ve attended enough social events this off-season to make Donald Trump
envious. Of all the events, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume
Institute Gala, an Audemars Piguet anniversary event with Tom Brady, and the
Grammy Awards, which one did you enjoy the most?
I would have to say the Cartoon Hall of Fame Awards. Just because it was all
for kids and they were so excited. It was just a good time. I did a skit with
Shaq and it was a fun time.
What person were you most excited to meet after the Super Bowl
Jerry Rice. I was like a little kid. I could barely say three words. He knew
who I was. It was just a surreal moment for me. The guy is the best wide
receiver to ever play the game and for him to know who I was and wish me luck
was amazing. It was a great experience for me.
Where is the strangest place you’ve been asked to salsa?
I’ve been asked to dance in the supermarket. Sometimes, I think they’re are
joking around, but they stand there with a serious face like, We really want you
to do it. And I’m like, There’s no way I’m doing it right now. It’s crazy.
Would you go on “Dancing With the Stars”?
I was asked last year, halfway through the season. But I had to decline at
the time. I just wanted to focus on football and focus on my craft. We would
have to see what happens if I’m asked again. I’m not sure.
Who is the best dancer to salsa with you?
I would have to say my grandmother. She was the one who taught me. She’s the
best person that I know that dances salsa.
What’s on your iPod?
Wale, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa. A lot of hip-hop.
Which athlete in another sport do you admire?
Derek Jeter. He’s another New York athlete, and he has perfected his craft
for a long time. He’s well respected ? in the area and all over the world.
Everybody knows his name. He’s a guy who worked really hard at his craft, and he
even when he’s down and out, he comes back and has a tremendous season. I’m just
excited to watch him He’s one of the guys I look at every day.
What’s your favorite nightclub in New York City?
A place called Tenjune. It’s nice club. It’s one I go to from time to time
and I have fun there.
The Spotted Pig."