Giants' Jacobs: It's still our town!

Updated: May 22, 2010, 3:01 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rex Ryan's Jets are as sexy as a runway super model right now in New York.

But the last time Brandon Jacobs checked, the Giants are the New York football team with the most recent bling.

The Jets may be the darlings of New York at the moment, but Jacobs scoffs at the notion that the Giants, who won Super Bowl XLII during the 2007 season, are now the "other" team in New York.

[+] EnlargeBrandon Jacobs
AP Photo/Bill KostrounBrandon Jacobs and the Giants last won a Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2008. The Jets? Jan. 12, 1969.

"We will never be the 'other team' for the simple reason that we have a Super Bowl ring," the running back said Friday after the Giants' offseason training activity session.

The Jets are red hot right now. They are coming off a season in which they made it to the AFC Championship Game. They have a head coach in Ryan who churns out headlines every time he opens his mouth. They have high-profile players from Mark Sanchez to Darrelle Revis, and they added more star power in the offseason with LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes and Jason Taylor.

With so many high-profile names and magnetic, WWE-type personalities on one roster, the Jets are a virtual reality show. In fact, they will have HBO cameras following their every move this summer for "Hard Knocks."

But Jacobs reminded reporters that the Giants are the most recent Super Bowl winners in New York. And the Giants did it by beating the Jets' nemesis, then-undefeated New England, just two years ago.

"We didn't [stub] our toe when we got there," Jacobs said. "We got past people we needed to get past. We beat teams that nobody beat and got what we wanted. We are Super Bowl XLII champions. Last time I checked my watch, no one else has done that in New York. So we are that team in New York."

Defensive end Justin Tuck says he wishes the Jets all the success. Tuck only cares about what is going on with the Giants and rebounding from an 8-8 season.

"I'm sure you all have heard me say it before -- I don't care," Tuck said. "The Jets can have all the headlines that they want. All I worry about is what we do on Sundays. Rex and the Jets, or whoever, can say whatever they want to say. It doesn't bother me any.

"I don't play for the Jets and I don't necessarily worry about what they do. I wish them all the success in the world."

The Giants -- who have three Super Bowl titles to the Jets' one -- know all they need to do is get back to winning again.

"I think we have to win another championship and get the talking back to the Giants," Mathias Kiwanuka said in April. "Good for them [the Jets] but you are not winning championships in the offseason.

"They did have a great year and we respect them and a lot of people in the city are beginning to respect them. But we are a little selfish here at the Giants, and we want everybody in the city to be talking about us. I'm not worried about us being pushed to the background, because we can control that. We know that if we start winning a lot of games and a championship, then the attention will back on us."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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