Giants QB Daniel Jones motivated to ‘drive change’
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is currently gearing up to enter his first season outside the shadow of longtime NFL quarterback Eli Manning, who retired following the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign. Already stepping up as a leader for the Giants, the soon-to-be second-year signal-caller is now motivated to ‘drive change’ in the United States.
“Those of you who know me well know that posting on social media is usually not my first instinct about how to express myself, and I felt that listening and talking with teammates and friends was important as a first step,” Jones recently wrote, via NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. “I proudly stand beside my brothers and the entire black community in support of the Black Lives Matter movement to end systemic racism.”
Prompting Jones to make such remarks, the country continues to see protests emerge day after day as more and more professional athletes and other well-known figures continue to speak out against police brutality and violence against African Americans. With Jones serving as a significant figure in the New York area, where a lot of protests have occurred, the Giants signal-caller obviously felt now was the time to speak up.
“I know this is complex, and I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I am determined and motivated to do what I can to ask the right questions and work with others to drive change on this issues,” Jones continued. I acknowledge the fact that I will never truly understand how it feels to be on the receiving end of racial injustice, but I am committed to listening, learning, and taking action to stand up for others and make a difference in my community and in this country.”
The Giants originally selected Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Duke. With Manning on the way out, Jones was drafted under the presumption that he would serve as the Giants’ quarterback of the future.