The defending Super Bowl Champions have kept their backfield intact by re-signing Derrick Ward. He was one four backs that replaced the outspoken Tiki Barber.
Ward who was an unrestricted free agent was having a nice year for the Giants before his season ended on December 2 in Chicago. He had a career high that game of 154 yards. Ward had a total of 602 yards and 3 touchdowns when his season ended.
Ward entered the NFL as the Jets’ seventh-round draft choice (the 235th overall selection) in 2004. At Ottawa University in Kansas, Ward set NAIA single-season records with 2,061 rushing yards, 28 touchdowns and 7.8 yards per carry.
He only spent of that season with the Jets as he was signed off their practice squad on October 13, 2004 and is greatful for the chance that the Giants have given him. “The Giants gave me my start,” he said. “It feels good to come back to hopefully have a good year this year and be a part of the Super Bowl champion Giants. Hopefully, I’ll be able to finish my career here.”
Ward had a tough time not being able to live many little boys dreams of playing in the big game,”It was hard sitting out,” Ward said. “It’s been my dream since I was a little kid to play in the Super Bowl. I wasn’t able to play in it because of my injury, but I felt I helped the team enough to get us there. It was a win-win situation for me.”
GM Jerry Reese was also happy to have Ward back,”We are glad to have Derrick back in our stable of running backs, which will create some real competition at that position,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He brings a lot to the table as a runner, receiver, kick returner and cover specialist.”