One year ago, Steve Weatherford caused a litlte bit of a stir when he tweeted out a video of New York Giants teammate Prince Amukamura being thrown into an ice cold bath with all his clothes on by Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants, for whatever reason, took a lot of heat over social media and through other means for the rather silly act of hazing. Weatherford ended up taking the most heat from within his own team since he was the one that allowed it to go public. This year, a tweet involving Weatherford is much more touching and much more deserving of attention as well as recognition.
Joseph Brennan was a lifelong Giants fan and it was the punter that gave him his last great memory of the team. Not everyone gets the chance to obtain an autograph of a player from their favorite team, and even when it is just the punter, it’s a special moment. Brennan was suffering from cancer at the age of 79, and the few minutes that Weatherford spent signing his Giants hat was one of his favorite final moments. Weatherford signed Brennan’s favorite Giants hat, and according to his daughter, it brought immense joy when he put it on. Brennan would die just a few days later.
“He smiled when we put that hat on, it was quite amazing,’’ Diane Brennan recounted to The Post.
The family sent out a thank you through Twitter to Weatherford, and posted the picture of the hat, which hung at the funeral. Something that obviously touched the Giants punter, greatly. Weatherford, unlike many other punters, or even players, has used social media to his advantage, with the exception of last year’s video.
“I know I’m not gonna play this game forever,’’ Weatherford told The Post during a training camp break. “I try to take advantage of the platform and the ability to inspire and motivate people because it’s not like it takes an hour and a half of my time to say ‘Hi’ to a kid or sign an autograph or share my motivation of the day on social media.
“Let’s be honest, I’m a punter. It’s not like I’m that big a part of the team. Granted I feel like I am talented at my position but the fact of the matter is I’m a punter, I play five or six plays a game. The fact people care what I think and I’m able to motivate people by being such a small piece of this team and still carry some weight off the field is cool. I think a lot of that is how accessible I make myself to fans. The fact is I really am living the dream and it’s cool I get to share the fact I’m living the dream with other people.’’
Yeah, we make jokes about the punter, all the time, but Weatherford deserves a lot of praise for what he did off the field, probably more so than the excellent job he has done with the Giants the past two seasons on it. I have to disagree with him when he says ‘it’s not like I’m than big a part of the team,’ in fact he’s a huge asset which goes beyond the lines on the field.