Safety Julian Love
Q: Second-place finish in Good Guy voting. Does that sting or is that positive for you?
A: I do not know what that means. Good Guy voting, can you explain?
Q: We in the media every year we vote for the good guy, the player who's the most cooperative and helpful for us every year.
A: Who was first?
Q: Who do you think? You guess.
A: (Kicker) Graham (Gano)? I don't know.
Q: (Defensive Lineman) Leonard Williams.
A: Oh, no. Dang that hurts. USC guy, too. That stings (laughs).
Q: Steering to football, how do you guys lock in especially as a defense and give this team energy this week given how difficult it's been?
A: It's saying a lot. I think after the game, especially in the secondary, guys were talking with each other like, 'We've got one more shot, why not give it your all,' in everything, not just on Sunday. We want to just have the best day we could possibly have today, give it your all. You never know when this group will be together again individually as people, as players, so that's kind of our mindset, just really give it everything we have.
Q: How was almost missing that game in Chicago last week because of COVID? Did that change your approach to anything or your appreciation of playing in these games?
A: Yeah. It was an emotional week for me. My family and my fiancé, just off of protocols, we weren't able to be together for Christmas, so that was before the Philly game and it's just us two out here. That stunk. It wasn't ideal, for sure. Made it through, found a way. It was good through Philly. When I tested positive, I was upset. I have a great support system of people back home in Chicago, so I just wanted to help represent them in any way I could. It was all meant to be when it was meant to be because obviously that day or the next day the CDC passed the five-day thing and the NFL soon after passed their appeal to it. I'm just very fortunate to not miss a game. I pride myself on playing and being available. I don't want to be a guy who lets anybody down. Kudos to our coaching staff for kind of getting me ready, getting me dialed up and giving me a chance to at least compete in some aspect of the game in my home.
Q: (Head Coach) Joe (Judge) was speaking the other day about not seeing golf clubs in the locker room, not hearing guys planning for vacations. You guys know the season is over after this. I'm sure there's some kind of planning or in your head you know what you're doing after the season, and players talk about that, correct?
A: I would say I don't know. I actually don't know what a lot of guys are doing after this season. I think everyone is kind of just getting a grip on what this season has been to them. There's been a lot of reflecting, especially for the secondary on defense, reflecting on kind of what we need to improve on, what we can do. We have a lot of pieces going forward. I think that's been the main topic of conversation. I haven't heard too much of what's going on in the offseason. I know somebody told me that he mentioned in years past that it was like that. I can attest to that being here for a few years now. I think thankfully you're not seeing that. You're not seeing guys lose focus. You're seeing guys, like I said, be attentive to this game and just really giving it your best. It's a prideful thing. You don't want to just fold, so I think that's what we are discussing.
Q: When you say you can attest to that, give me examples. What did it look like in years past in Week 16-17 in the locker room?
A: It's not every guy, but you see those one-offs of some guys the very next day on a trip to a vacation spot and kind of just immediately getting out of the facility, getting out of New Jersey. I think it's partly because Joe kind of really wanted us to feel one with the community. I would say that I was a guy that a few days after I would close out everything, go back home. I'm hanging around Jersey a little bit this year because I just don't want to come to grips with the end of this season, the end with my team. I know I can attest to all of the DBs and what we're doing. We plan to see each other soon after the season ends and to kind of not just all go separate ways.
Q: Joe mentioned that he heard some teams had tapped out. The Giants in the past a couple of years ago had tapped out. What does that mean, 'tapped out,' do you think?
A: I don't know, I think it's calling it in. Phoning it in, kind of just trying to get through the days. I know from my perspective I always felt I've got something to prove, dating back to two years ago when I was playing the last five games of the season on defense, so I couldn't afford the opportunity to just take it easy because I was demonstrating my abilities. Last year too, I feel like I'm always trying to show who I am as a player. I think it's important. I think as players, you take pride in things and that's what you get. Thankfully, a lot of other guys are taking that approach. They're trying to put their best foot forward for the team, for Joe, for the community.
Q: This season you're going to the final game as opposed to last year when you had a chance to make the playoffs. Is this a disappointing year because there's nothing there?
A: As a whole, we're not where we want to be, in no aspect. I think to come to grips with that, I try to pick and choose what was good and what was bad about the year. We had some good games where we really fought and came together. We had some games where we left a lot out there on the table. Very directly, we're not where we want to be at all. I'm disappointed just because I feel like I wanted to do more to help the team succeed. So yeah, that's my take on it.
Q: How tough was it getting to the building today?
A: Man, I was on Route 3 for four hours this morning. It was very unfortunate. Thankfully, I made it in safe, kind of made some plays on the road – I wouldn't advise against. But thankfully I'm here and I tell I everybody I hope everybody is safe and just kind of praying for everybody.