Jets rookie Jamal Adams grew up as 'literally the biggest Giants fan'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jamal Adams grew up in a New York Giants household -- in Dallas, of all places. His father, George, played for them from 1985 to 1989, so Jamal was true blue.

"I was literally the biggest Giants fan," the New York Jets' first-round pick said Wednesday, looking ahead to facing his old man's first team on Saturday night. "That's all I knew. Now I bleed Jets."

Adams had Giants jerseys, a Giants clock in his bedroom and Giants posters on the wall. His favorite players were Tiki Barber, Corey Webster, Hakeem Nicks and Plaxico Burress, the last of whom was involved in a moment he'll never forget.

"My favorite memory is winning the Super Bowl, when Eli [Manning] threw it to Plaxico," said Adams, referring to the game-winning touchdown pass with 35 seconds left in Super Bowl XLII in 2008 -- 17-14 over the New England Patriots. "That was my favorite all-time."

Adams said his father is planning to attend the annual Jets-Giants preseason game at MetLife Stadium, adding, "This is definitely one of the games he has circled." It'll also give the rookie a chance to re-connect with fellow former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr., who probably won't play because of an ankle injury. They never played together at LSU, but Adams considers him a close friend.

"We're honestly like brothers," Adams said. "One thing about LSU: We stick together. It's a brotherhood. Great players come through, in and out. It's honestly like a factory. It's NFL LSU, as we call it."

Adams would love to play against Beckham some day. "I've never covered him," he said. "Hopefully, one day I get that opportunity. It would be a fun one."