The New York Giants followed up their 2011 Super Bowl victory with a 9-7 season in 2012 that wasn't good enough to earn a spot in the postseason. Cornerback Aaron Ross told Bob Glauber of Newsday that the team is hungry to bounce back in 2013 and that the idea of a Super Bowl at home in MetLife Stadium is an added motivation:
"I do feel that, especially since I came back after being away,'' said Ross, who was with the Giants for their championship runs after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. "It seems like everybody has that hunger, plus the Super Bowl is going to be played in our stadium. We can't have anybody else playing in our backyard.''
Ross, 30, wasn't with the team for the 2012 season, as he was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on a three-year, $9.75 million deal. After a 2-14 season, Ross was released by the Jaguars and was free to re-join the Giants, with whom he earned two Super Bowl rings.
A first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Ross played his first five NFL seasons with the Giants before leaving in free agency in 2012. A long-time reserve corner, Ross is expected to compete for a nickel cornerback role in 2013 on a secondary that he thinks is definitely championship caliber:
"We have a great secondary,'' said Ross. "Where we struggle is where we make mental busts, but I think we're doing a better job in getting the fundamentals down, learning the defense in and out and taking it rep by rep instead of moving too fast to learn the defense."
Ross has 41 career starts and 10 interceptions with the Giants.