Big George is quickly becoming a Big Hit for the New York Giants. The former Cat has experienced quite a warm welcome, and Giants fans have lofty expectations for their 7th-round Draft pick.
A few days ago, George Asafo-Adjei’s story of overcoming the odds made its way to the headlines – an article from NJ.com detailed his youth, including how hard his mother worked as a single mom to provide for her son’s dreams, and how her struggles kept him on the right path.
“Football kept me out of trouble and gave me a sense of hope that my life at the time wasn’t always going to be that way,” Asafo-Adjei said. “It gave me an opportunity to make something of myself when I didn’t think things would improve. Football really has changed my life.”
Things certainly aren’t “that way” anymore. Although the Giants haven’t officially negotiated a contract with the rookie yet, his projected contract is in the four-year, $2.6 million range, including guaranteed money in the $92,000 range. Asafo-Adjei’s rookie season cap hit will be in the $518,000 range, according to 24/7 Sports.
WATCH: “Big George” Asafo-Adjei on what he brings to the Giants’ O-Line pic.twitter.com/3TmFiH84uc
— New York Giants (@Giants) May 4, 2019
Asafo-Adjei was one of several former Kentucky players who heard his name called during NFL Draft weekend. Most importantly? He’s used to going against high-caliber competition, i.e. Josh Allen.
“Going against someone like [Allen] everyday definitely helps you with even this transition to the NFL,” Asafo-Adjei told reporters following the Giants’ rookie mini camp. “I feel like it was good for me, and we helped prepare each other for the next level.”
The tackle’s personality during these media opportunities is quickly making him a favorite among Giants fans. Whenever the team posts pictures or videos of Asafo-Adjei, they get replies like these:
Hard not to like this kid
— PJ Valente (@pj1212) May 5, 2019
It’s his for the taking. Hope he can grab it
— Benjamin Carrasco (@bcarrasco09_) May 4, 2019
Watch his highlights against Mississippi State and other draft picks..this guy is nasty. Just needs to fire off the ball faster but this guy is good enough to win the job
— Adarsh Rajendran (@arajendran9) May 4, 2019
Can he win the starting job? Only time will tell. But he’s got the spirit, talent and determination to get it – not to mention the fanbase behind him.