Many people can rely on their mothers for unconditional comfort, support and sympathy. Or at the very least, just having their back. It sounds like Dave Tollefson has a totally different situation on his hands.
Tollefson, part of the rotation on the Giants’ defensive line, suffered a knee injury (a sprained MCL) last week against the Eagles. It was serious enough that he was sent to the locker room for further tests. And there waiting for him was his mother, Debra Crocker.
“Tape it up! I didn’t fly here from California to watch you ride the pines!” Tollefson recounted hearing from mom, per a great note from Ralph Vacchiano of Newsday.
“She was like ‘What are you doing?’ ” Tollefson said. “I said, ‘Mom, I’m hurt.’ She said, ‘I don’t give an F. Get it taped up and get the hell in there! I don’t want to hear this.’ ”
Now that’s a pep-talk. Tollefson has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Packers, but needless to say, he was trying to get back on the field as quickly as possible.
“My mom is disappointed that I’m not playing (this Sunday),” he added. “I don’t want to disappoint my mom.”
Uh, good idea Dave.
By no means are we suggesting Crocker isn’t a great lady, but it sounds like there might be a place for her on Tom Coughlin’s staff… right outside the locker room during games.