INDIANAPOLIS — I encounter Vic “The Brick” Jacobs mid-interview with Giants TE Travis Beckum.
Jacobs — flowing ‘stache, shades, fur hat lifted straight out of a Siberian forest — is asking statuesque Beckum to gently rub the dragon figurine dangling from his neck, promising good vibes and harmony in return. Quintessential Brick-mode.
Jacobs belongs to the frantic Media Day horde — co-hosting “The Loose Cannons” radio show with Steve Hartman and Pat O’Brien on Fox Sports Radio — but as he prances along the lip of the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, he turns as many heads as any of the players.
“It’s madness. I thrive in this chaos,” Jacobs said. “Every other day is really mundane. This is madness. This is when I’m alive. I’m wearing a dragon puppet. I’m wearing a dragon codpiece. I’m wearing a fur. I’m wearing a Chinese smoking jacket circa 1962.
“Special day. Special madness. Special chaos. It’s when the players bear their souls to you. I can go up to Brandon Jacobs and say, ‘Cousin Brandon, where were you at the last Seder?’ And he’ll say, ‘I don’t know you. Are you Jewish?’ I said, ‘Yes, I’m Jewish.’ He says, ‘I’m not Jewish.’ I say, ‘The whole world is Jewish.’
“You can go up to the Puerto Ricans, you know, Aaron Hernandez and Victor Cruz and say, ‘Why is Cruz getting all the love, Aaron? Where’s the Puerto Rican love for you? And why don’t you do some salsa?’ He says, ‘You know, Vic? I’m gonna do some merengue for you Sunday.’ ”
Beckum drank in this whirlwind of a man with some trepidation, but by the end of their conversation — which ultimately veered into a whispered prayer — Vic was in his head all the way.
“Football is such a brutally violent game that they know that they have to stay in the moment,” Jacobs said. “And I am in the moment. With madness. And bordering madness. Insanity. Sanity. Darkness. Light. Devastation. Hope. Exile. Freedom. Transcending duality — we do it all the time. I think they feel that and they want to get closer to the energy.”
– Marc Sessler