Mathias Kiwanuka had apparently heard enough from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The star linebacker for the New York Giants didn’t appreciate Jones boasting that his team would “beat the Giants’ [backsides]” in the NFL season opener Wednesday, the Washington Post noted. So Mathias Kiwanuka fired back, pulling from a bit of history to do so.
“He should [be eager for the Cowboys to kick the Giants’ backsides]. I mean, the Giants have been whupping his [backside] for a long time,” Kiwanuka said on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show.
Jones’ statement was a bit odd, especially given the recent history of the two teams. The Dallas Cowboys have had some promising seasons and were even a favorite Super Bowl pick in recent years, but have not managed to reach their potential as quarterback Tony Romo can’t seem to cement his status as an elite quarterback.
The Giants, meanwhile, have taken two Super Bowl titles in the last five years, entering the playoffs in both 2008 and 2012 as underdogs and both time pulling off historic upsets of the New England Patriots.
So for Jerry Jones to say his team will beat the Giants seems silly at best and at worst the kind of bulletin board material that will inspire the Giants to a win.
At least that’s what Mathias Kiwanuka appears to believe.
“It’s gotta be tough on the outside looking in on all of these championships lately,” Mathias Kiwanuka said. “That’s the feeling I feel like everybody in the league has and everybody should have because we’re here on top and everybody should be wanting to knock you off.”