The New York Giants officially named their team captains Friday: quarterback Eli Manning, long snapper Zak DeOssie, and linebacker Jonathan Casillas.
Manning, Casillas, and DeOssie were the team’s captains in 2016.
“Eli’s history in this building speaks for itself and a lot of the things he has accomplished with this team. Just a tremendous pro,” head coach Ben McAdoo said in an interview with Giants.com.
Manning, in his 14th NFL season, was named offensive captain for the 11th time in his career. He will make his 200th consecutive regular season start when the Giants open the 2017 regular season against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium Sunday night.
DeOssie was named special teams captain for the seventh time in his 11 seasons with the Giants.
“Zak, you know, is an all-day, everyday kind of guy,” McAdoo said. “He’s a man’s man. He really gets that special teams unit going. He ignites them. He leads by example and he knows how to push some buttons, which is always great.”
Manning and DeOssie are the only Giants players still on the roster from the victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
Casillas, entering his third season with the Giants, is defensive captain for the second time.
“J.C. has been to a few different places (the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New England Patriots) and I think he has found a good home here,” McAdoo said. “He’s a guy who has football get-it. We are fortunate to have all of those guys.”
Casillas won two Super Bowls (XLIV with the Saints and XLIX with the Patriots) in his career.
Another player was under consideration for defensive captain: defensive tackle Damon Harrison. However, the man known as Snacks wanted no parts of it.
“I just want to be that behind the scenes guy,” Harrison said. “I don’t want to, you know, there are some guys in here. (Casillas) who has been in the league a long time and he’s earned that right. JPP (defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul), DRC (cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie), and other guys who could do a better job than myself.”
The Giants will continue to add game-day captains each week to accompany Manning, DeOssie, and Casillas.