McFadden’s huddle

Posted by Darren Urban on October 30, 2009 – 9:43 am

At the end of the Giants’ game, cornerback Bryant McFadden — who, along with hurting safety Antrel Rolle, held the secondary together late through a host of injuries — brought together the defense on the sideline and huddled, holding hands on one knee as the offense ran out the clock.

(It was important the defense was off the field too. Rolle, whose sore foot was bad enough that he admitted he would have come out if teammates Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Adrian Wilson weren’t already out, said his thoughts after his game-clinching interception were: “Get this ball and get this game over with and get to the bus, because it was painful. I was hurting.”)

McFadden said his message for his teammates was simple. “I just felt like we, as a unit, needed to give thanks to the Man above,” McFadden said. “The game we play, it’s a blessing to be able to do it. And to be a part of this unit we have … we don’t want to take it for granted. We played outstanding, and nobody believed we would except the guys in this building.”

That said, when the huddle broke, the Cardinals also made sure they delivered a message to the Giants’ fans who had not held back from their verbal slings and arrows through the game. “That’s one of the best situations,” McFadden said. “They were on us the whole game. We just wanted to be patient. ‘Be patient, wait, wait, wait … finally! Now we can say something!’ That was a great feeling right there, to say something and (the fans) just put their heads down and quietly walked away.”


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10 Responses to “McFadden’s huddle”

  1. By Barbara wurzbach on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Not saying anything to their fans during the game shows what this defense and team is about. Patient and class!!!!! Thank you for a great game. Go cards!!!

  2. By Chuck Brown on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Way to go defense!! Take it to the Panthers this Sunday. I’ll be there loud as can be as the 12th man. Go Cards!!

  3. By Robert on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    It was cool to see that on the sidelines and that McFadden was leading it. The entire defense has stepped up since the goal-line stand against Texans and McFadden is no exception. It’s been said before, but that seems to be the turning point of the season, at least for the defense.

  4. By William Lutz on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    I remember seeing the television camera shoot the scene of the towards the end of the game. To me, it’s an iconic shot that will always be a reminder of a great game. It reminds a lot of the photo of the NFC championsip post-game presser where Kurt embraced Larry…these types of scenes show these guys are much more than football players.

  5. By Year2Remember on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    It’s good to see McFadden as part of the team. I was curious to see how he would fit in with the group. Go Cards! You’ve shown us what you can do, go out do it again and again! “See you in 3” and go “shock the world”!

  6. By Kaz Infinite on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Way to go Cards. I was extremely proud of you guys at the end of the giants game. Keep up the good work on and off the field.

  7. By James Sancto on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    I am a Cards fan from England and watched the game. It was incredible, I wish I had recorded it because I keep going through each of the magnificent plays that the defense made all game.

    Go Cards, let’s not get overconfident, as I am sure you are not, and beat those Panthers

  8. By Jovy on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    The picture of the defense huddled in prayer is my laptops background. I truly believe it is one of the most powerful football scenes I have ever seen. See you in three!

  9. By G-Men on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    u guys got a good team…good luck!

  10. By bigredmachine75 on Oct 31, 2009 | Reply

    Talked bad about, disrespected, never receiving the credit for the hard work and discipline that is always on display; this is our team, offense and defense. That moment when the defense huddle up on the side line was an indication of accomplishment, achieving a goal. There is nothing more greater than over coming adversity, together as 1 unit, 1 team all for 1 fight! Keep up the hard work, stay committed no matter when all around you; the media is saying,
    “this or that” about OUR team. Just like on the side line we will reamin respectfull, humble but when that damn whistle blows and the score read Arz – a whole lot vs the other team – not enough, let them hear it, let them see it that no matter what you say or don’t say about us we believe in ourselves! Kick butt ARZ and don’t forget to keep thanking the man up above!

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