VC: It's tough. Especially when you come from a neighborhood where your friends look up to you. They want to be close to you. They're your boys. But I have to make it clear to them that this is my life and I have to separate myself. I can't be involved in some of the negativity that you guys may be involved in.
How does it go with Tom Coughlin if players miss "voluntary" workouts?
VC: It doesn't go over very well. He's trying to get his team prepared to win championships. He wants everyone there and everyone to be held accountable.
What business role does [new agent] Jay-Z play for you?
VC: He's heavily involved in marketing. When there's commercials or any opportunities that come, I'll give him a call and we'll talk about it. I can call him even if it's day-to-day stuff—how ya doin', how's this happening—just pick his brain about what's going on in my life as well as in his.
If I told you four years ago you're going to sign a new deal and you're going to have Jay-Z's cell number....
VC: I would have said, Stop lying to me. There's no way I'm going to have Jay's number and be able to call him anytime. That's physically impossible.
Is he a Giants fan?
VC: I believe he's a Cowboys fan, ironically. I'm trying to slowly convert him to a Giants fan.
He's also got Jets QB Geno Smith. How do you know he won't go that direction?