Aaron Ross, the cornerback who played for the Giants from 2007 to 2011, left for the Jaguars in 2012 and then returned to the Giants this year, is in hot water for saying on Friday that he viewed his year in Jacksonville as a nice paid vacation in Florida.
That didn’t go over well with Jaguars fans, and so later in the day, Ross apologized.
“I really apologize if Jag nation took offense to it,” Ross told ESPNNewYork.com. “I loved the opportunity that they gave me, they gave me a second chance to live my dream.”
Ross, who had a disappointing season in Jacksonville after signing there as a free agent, said he wasn’t trying to suggest with his “vacation” comment that he wasn’t giving maximum effort to the Jaguars.
“The only reason I said the vacation thing is because it was such a short turnaround for me to [come] back home with the Giants, it felt like [being away on] a vacation. I definitely didn’t mean any harm to Jacksonviile city or the fans or disrespect to the organization. I have the utmost respect for that organization,” Ross said.
Whatever Ross intended with his comments, he’s not a popular man right now in Jacksonville. But that’s more because of the bad season he had in 2012 than the way he described that season.