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New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers almost…

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New York Giants safety Jabrill Peppers almost...


During the offseason, the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns agreed to a trade which sent Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland in exchange for two draft picks and safety Jabrill Peppers.

Plenty of drama has occurred since then, making it clear that the Giants made the right decision sending OBJ away. But that trade would not have happened if Peppers didn’t play football, which almost happened.

When Peppers was 12 years old, he played outfield for his little league team. During a championship game, he was forced to the mound even though he had never pitched before. This was one of the moments that Peppers realized baseball was not his sport.

“We lost by one because I gave up a hit to a girl, because I didn’t want to throw the ball fast at her,” Peppers said via NJ Advance Media. “She inside-the-park homered.”

Peppers recalled another moment that may have steered him away from the sport.

“Being hit by the ball, that didn’t feel good,” he said. “It’s different, getting hit by a ball than another human.”

Peppers ended up being a standout football player at his high school and then continued his career at the University of Michigan, getting the attention of the Browns who drafted him with the 25th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

During his two seasons with the Browns, Peppers racked up 136 tackles (96 solo), one sack, eight passes defended and two interceptions. He brings that talent and skill to the Giants secondary, adding youth but also experience to a defense that was depleted during the off-season. And it almost didn’t happen.

Giants safety Jabrill Peppers almost didn't play football

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