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Justin Tuck To David Wilson: Dude, Stop Being A Part-Time Gymnast


New York Giants rookie running back did just about everything in his team’s 52-27 drubbing of the Saints on Sunday. Those 327 all-purpose yards (becoming the first player to ever notch 200-plus return yards and 100-plus rushing yards in one game) and three touchdowns speak for themselves. But perhaps the biggest imprint he left on the American football-watching public was his touchdown celebration: an impressive, yet questionably safe standing back flip.

Defensive captain Justin Tuck has warned the rookie to basically cut the shit, lest he want to be thrown into an ice tub. And for Tuck, it isn’t necessarily about the rook getting wise beyond his years, but because he doesn’t want his team’s newest offensive weapon to get injured celebrating.

“I told him several times never to do that again,” Tuck said Wednesday. “We’re going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd.

“Let’s just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They’re already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them.”

Oh damn, good idea Justin. YouTube, if you will…

Well that was impressive. I mean, that’s a back flip that could impress McKayla Maroney. Does he haaaaave to stop, Justin? I mean, players have gotten injured on less. If Wilson is as confident as he sounds about his aerodynamics, we don’t really have to worry, do we?

“It’s a possibility they can go wrong,” he said. “But for me, I’ve been doing ‘em since I was 3 years old. It’s like easy — it’s almost like running, for me to jump and turn backwards. I’ve been doing it for a while, I think people can relax a little.”

Yeah, everyone just cool your jets, David’s got it. And he has a pretty notable endorser too, namely, his quarterback. Eli Manning, in classic “Wut? I don’t care. Gosh, guys” Eli Manning fashion, said he has no problem with the back flips because it means his team has scored a touchdown. Aw shucks, Eli, you’re so cool and easy-going, if only you could be all of our quarterbacks.

But then again, not everybody is on board. General manager Jerry Reese hasn’t expressly asked Wilson to stop, but there seems to be a mutual understanding that if Reese’s 2012 first-round pick gets injured while showboating, there will be hell to pay. Tom Coughlin was pretty ambivalent about it too, not shocking considering that’s just about the only emotion Tom Coughlin feels during the football season (I’m kidding Tom, you’re alright).

“You’re not going to get me on that one.”

You guarded rascal, you. We might get you next time though. Wilson will see extended minutes against the Falcons this week with Ahmad Bradhsaw sort of sidelined with a sprained knee. More on this escapade as it develops.

[ESPN New York, Getty Images]




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