New York Giants guard David Diehl has made it clear that he’s ready to prove the doubters wrong and that he has plenty of football left in him.
“In order to get me off the football field, you’re going to have to shoot me,” he said, via the Newark Star-Ledger.
Diehl is not ready to retire.
“I’m not fooling anybody, I’m ready to go,” Diehl said. “…I’m not a complacent guy, all that stuff was great in the past and…it’s great that you have those things, I’m proud of my accomplishments but that’s all for when I’m retired and ready to look back and do those things.
“I’m not ready to hang up my cleats, I love coming here, I love playing this sport. I know what I’m capable of, I’ve worked extremely hard to prove it to people and I’m going to do it this year. I can sit here and say what I want to say to you guys but it’s all about what I do, its all about my actions. And I’m ready to go…I’ve never been more ready to play football.
“Challenge me, throw whatever you want at me, I could care less.”
A reporter asked Diehl what he thinks about the fans who want him to be benched.
“I’ve heard that since I was five years old, I’m a fifth-round draft pick who’s started as long as I have, I’ve been in the league for 11 years, I hear that stuff all the time. I love haters. Keep bringing it.”
Diehl isn’t worried that his contract is scheduled to expire at the end of this season.
“I don’t need to know what’s happening after this season, I’m focused on right now,” Diehl said. “I’m working my butt off to do whatever I can to play great football. I feel great.”