The Giants' top
draft pick, 6'5", 265-pound DE Mathias Kiwanuka, 23, had 37 1/2 sacks at
Boston College--and one tackle in his NFL debut
SURPRISE ABOUT TRAINING CAMP WAS HOW LONG IT IS.
you for being smack in the middle of it, when your legs are shot and you think
there's no way you can cope with practice, let alone play a game. You have to
stay positive--and get in that cold tub every day. A lot of vets told me to do
that. It helps your muscles recover.
I'VE LEARNED A
LOT FROM [DES] MICHAEL STRAHAN AND OSI UMENYIORA.
They both had Pro
Bowl years, so I wasn't a threat to them. They give me tips. Strahan and Osi
will say, "Study on film if the tackle usually punches at you with his
outside or inside hand, so you know which of his hands to chop at and which way
to go." They're coaches out there--if I repeatedly make the same mistakes,
they get mad.
I'VE GOTTEN ON
COACH [TOM] COUGHLIN'S BAD SIDE ONCE.
I don't know what
I was doing--watching film or lifting or something--but I was running behind
for practice. I got halfway to the field and realized I was still in a
sweatshirt. I had to sprint to the locker room, grab my jersey and sprint back
out. I made it before the horn blew, but Coach was like, "I don't like a
rookie being the last one out here." That was the last time that happened,
I'll tell you that.
I HAD EIGHT
FAMILY MEMBERS AT SUNDAY'S GAME AGAINST THE COLTS.
I grew up in
Indianapolis. They waved, but I didn't wave back; I keep focused on the field.
A big inspiration to me is my late grandfather Benedicto, the first prime
minister of Uganda. He was for the people and wouldn't let himself be changed.
Idi Amin had him assassinated in 1972, a decade before I was born, and in my
grandfather's honor I got a tattoo of a Ugandan coat of arms on my back. What I
got from him is, whatever you're doing, great or small, find something you
believe in and don't let anyone change your mind. Also, he inspires me to treat
everyone equally. I'm going to carry those principles into the NFL.