Linebacker Markus Golden is still getting fashion advice from his mom, says he “loves” being a New York Giants edge rusher.
During his collegiate career with the University of Missouri, he was 2nd-team All-SEC and the 2015 Citrus Bowl MVP.
His career stat line thus far: 120 total tackles, 20 sacks and six forced fumbles.
Despite everything that Golden has accomplished, that doesn’t mean he’s opposed to calling his mom for fashion advice. He did so before the annual Tom Coughlin Foundation Gala in NYC. You’re never too old.
“Had to call my mom, let her know I was going to an event,” Golden said. “Showed her my outfit. She said she liked it so I went with it. Nothing too fancy!”
Golden was sporting a grey suit with white and tan Nike sneakers. A fresh fit, one that’s STAT Sports approved.
The Giants are currently 2-2 on the season in Golden’s first year, riding high with a two-game winning streak since starting rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
“I love it. I’m blessed to be able to be here and be a part of the New York organization,” Golden said. “Nothing but great people and great teammates. I’m excited.”
Jones has five total touchdowns on the year in wins over the Buccaneers and Redskins.
He was taken with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, a decision by Giants ownership that many believed was controversial.
“Same impressions he’s been showing since he got here,” Golden said when describing Jones. “Hard-working dude always focused on what he’s gotta do. Gotta respect him for that.”
As for the Danny Dimes nickname, it gets the Markus “Golden” seal of approval.
“Of course I do, that’s a great nickname. Everybody don’t get a nickname so when you do, you’ve gotta be happy with it,” Golden said.
Eli Manning is the franchise’s all-time leader in every statistical passing category. He’s a two-time Super Bowl MVP who led the Giants to two victories over Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots.
Although they haven’t played together long, Golden has nothing but praise for the longtime Giant.
“Always been a legend in my eyes. For me to even get to play with him, it’s an honor. Got a lot of respect for him,” Golden said. “Getting to know him, he’s an all-around great guy great football player and I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”
Giants fans have a lot to be excited about in 2019 with the emergence of Jones as their franchise quarterback, especially when Saquon Barkley returns from injury.
The defense has shown promise as of late, allowing just six points in their last six quarters of play. A complete 180 from the first two weeks of the year.
“Just keep working hard one week at a time. Long season ahead of us,” Golden added. “Gotta focus one week at a time and do your job.”