While their former teammates with the New York Giants were receiving their Super Bowl XLVI rings, current San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Mario Manningham were on a practice field in Santa Clara, California, 3,000 miles away from the festivities.
"I think winning a championship is important, not many people have one and not many people have had a chance to play in a Super Bowl," said Jacobs, who was represented at the ceremony by his wife, Kim. "I respect that, but right now, I'm working towards the same goal with a new team."
Jacobs won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, but clashed with management over his contract and bristled after losing the starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw. After refusing to accept a pay cut, Jacobs was released and agreed to a one-year contract with the 49ers on March 29, one week after Manningham signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract to switch coasts.
"I talk to Mario every day," Jacobs said. "We love being here. The work is something special. I'm glad I'm here with Mario and vice-versa. It's a special thing. This football team, this coaching staff and this whole organization is great. I'm happy to be a part of it and just ready to go."
Jacobs and Manningham will face their former teammates on October 14 at Candlestick Park.