Giants safety Antrel Rolle picked up an unnecessary roughness penalty and was involved in several shoving matches during Sunday’s game with the Eagles. But Rolle says he has a simple defense for anything he did: The Eagles started it.
“I felt like they were cheap-shotting a little bit, they kept trying to put their hand up in my facemask and kept grinding after the play,” Rolle told ESPN.com. “I just had to let them know that I am not a pushover, I am not a punk under any means and sometimes you have to put your foot down. Even if it costs you a little bit, sometimes it has to be done.”
Rolle said before the game that he was ready to put a beating on the Eagles and didn’t want to hear any excuses from Philadelphia afterward. After the game Rolle said he was proud not to back down to the Eagles.
“It is more of a mental toughness and more of an attitude than anything sometimes,” Rolle said. “That is where I was going with that. I wasn’t going to get myself ejected, I wasn’t going to throw any blows. At the same time I am going to stand my ground.”
Overall, Rolle said, he’d rather stick up for himself and suffer the consequences than back down and walk away.
“If I feel like something has to be done, I am going to handle it and I will take care of disciplinary actions after that,” Rolle said. “I don’t want them to get that attitude over us, that they have more swagger than us or they have more passion or more desire or even more toughness.”
The Eagles certainly weren’t tougher than the Giants on Sunday.