Wayne Gallman barely stops to think about the query.
“Never,” he mentioned of taking part in for a dropping workforce earlier than final 12 months. “Never, not even in high school.”
Last season, it seems, was the primary time the Giants working again ever performed on a workforce with a dropping report. He went to 2 straight nationwide championship video games with Clemson, successful the second, and dancing for 3,416 yards throughout a four-year school profession. (He took a redshirt for the primary.) If there was any dropping earlier than highschool, it has been lengthy forgotten.
“But you know, [a losing season is] one of those things where you get taught those things,” Gallman mentioned. “It’s something that God shows us every now and then. ‘Hey, this is the time that you need to learn this or that.’ It’s a lesson in everything, taught whenever we go through things. So, I believe that was just a lesson for us, and there will be better days coming.”
That doesn’t imply there was no adjustment. Gallman had heard perpetually in regards to the NFL being a enterprise — everybody does. But final season, he performed witness to a revolving door of particular groups gamers, a coach being fired, a slow-motion prepare wreck.
“I see how they went [11-5] the year before,” Gallman mentioned. “You know, I are available and it’s simply — looks like all the pieces’s falling aside, however that’s a part of life. Things occur. And simply from that, I imagine everybody on the workforce that was on the workforce earlier than then and now is aware of that the work needs to be put in.
“I was asking God like, ‘Why? Why is this happening?’ But I still stuck to it. Still came out and did the best I could in practice and in the games. And I learned from it.”
Gallman mentioned he prefers to talk in constructive phrases. He is well mannered however prudent; circumspect and cautious. In highschool, Gallman not solely performed working again, he mentioned, however each place on the sector besides quarterback. Doing so produced wins — and a few faculties recruited him as an out of doors linebacker, the place he used to hurry rush each time.
Asked if taking part in all these totally different positions resulted in concussions, Gallman mentioned no, that he has by no means had a concussion earlier than.
But, Gallman was knocked out of a 2016 Clemson-N.C. State recreation by successful to the top, saying later that he didn’t bear in mind coming off the sector. The subsequent week — a bye for the Tigers — he missed all of follow.
“I’m not going to tell y’all I’ve got a concussion,” Gallman said at the time, per Sporting News. “They said I had one so I had to go to concussion protocol.”
Evidently, his credo hasn’t modified. It is instructive to his response when requested about Saquon Barkley.
As massive because the shift from nationwide title to 3-13 was, this is even larger. Just a 12 months after the Giants took Gallman within the fourth spherical, a newly put in entrance workplace swung for the fences, taking the Penn State product with the second decide.
Gallman fought for snaps final 12 months, rising to be one of many main backs by season’s finish. That isn’t a battle he is preventing this coaching camp. Barkley received it when common supervisor Dave Gettleman declared him “touched by the hand of God” after the draft.
“I have always told the guys if you are a good player and you feel good about yourself, you tell them to bring them on and help our team be better,” working backs coach Craig Johnson mentioned Sunday, emulating the mindset of his working backs. “But, ‘I know my game is good and I will be mentally and emotionally and physically ready to be able to act and play like a starter.’ And if there’s another player that can help make our team better, that’s fine.”
Gallman takes the identical line.
Yes, he carries a chip on his shoulder, however that was there lengthy earlier than the Giants drafted Barkley. Every soccer participant does, Gallman mentioned, so there is no cause to take the incorrect message.
“I’m glad we got another good player on our team,” he mentioned. “It’ll help us get a Super Bowl.”
Gallman can say he has had a dropping season now. He doesn’t plan on having one again.