It was a line ripped straight from Kayvon Thibodeaux’s mouth on the Giants practice field.
“I didn’t come here to be average,” Thibodeaux said. “Let’s do this.”
Only the rookie pass rusher wasn’t trying to inspire teammates this time around. He was responding Tuesday morning (on a Giants off day) to instructions on packing boxes with Campbell’s Chunky Soup cans from other volunteers at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, and rallying his mother, Shawnta Loice, and a group of friends to follow suit.
“I’m just having fun, but it’s taking pride in what you do and making sure you carry it over in every avenue,” Thibodeaux told two reporters afterward. “My community is important, and touching down in New York and New Jersey, and being able to give back to the people who support us — and then being able to show love to the people behind the scenes that get it done — that’s the most important thing.”
There were times growing up in Los Angeles when Thibodeaux’s teacher, coach and best friend’s father, Antonio Patterson, ordered one chicken sandwich and a salad at McDonald’s for the two boys to share. Or asked for pizzas to be sliced smaller to trick the boys into thinking they had more to eat.
Kayvon Thibodeaux at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.AP Photo New York Giants outside linebacker, Kayvon Thibodeaux with his mother, Shawnta at the Community FoodBank…