Less than 24 hours after one of the best games of his career,
the All-Pro tight end vented some leftover frustration from a 23-10
loss to Miami by criticizing fans who left the stadium with six
minutes to play and the Dolphins ahead 16-10.
"Give up on us if you want to," Shockey said. "If you want to leave, leave! Leave
the game! Don't even come to the game! Give your tickets away!"
Shockey tied his career best with 11 catches for 110 yards on Sunday.
"It's just discouraging," Shockey said. "You have these
people paying high-priced tickets, and it's all right. We have
great fans, don't get me wrong. We have the best fans in the world,
when we are doing things right.
"But when things are kind of hitting the fan and they are going
bad, they don't want to have any part of us, which is fine. We play
for ourselves. We play for ourselves and the coaches."
The comments were the longest by Shockey since this summer, when
two magazine interviews got the second-year pro in trouble. He
talked about sexual preferences in one interview and made
derogatory comments about Dallas coach Bill Parcells in the other.
Shockey acknowledged the Giants could have played better Sunday against
the Dolphins, but the sight of people leaving and empty seats among
the crowd of 78,863 was upsetting.
"It was one play from not being over," Shockey said. "If we
would have had one more chance. We feel as an offense, give us
three or four minutes in the game and we could have done
Even after Ricky Williams stretched the Dolphins' lead to 23-10 with 4:16 to play, the Giants twice drove deep into Miami territory. Patrick Surtain ended the first drive with 2:33 to go with his second interception of the game.
New York was at the Dolphins 14 when the game ended.
Giants coach Jim Fassel understands Shockey's point, but he also
pointed out that some fans don't want to be caught in post-game traffic.
"Our crowd has always been good," Fassel said. "They've
always been loud. They were good yesterday. The only feeling I have
about our crowd is that I want to deliver a win rather than a
The fans weren't the only ones Shockey talked about on Monday.
He was also perplexed by a third-quarter taunting call against him on Sunday.
Shockey caught a 16-yard pass from Kerry Collins, was hit and his knee hit the turf. The officials ruled him down.
Shockey didn't think he was down and continued running. As the officials blew their whistles, cornerback Sam Madison hit Shockey several times around the helmet. Shockey finally threw the ball at him.
"Blow the whistle. Stop the play," Shockey said. "He doesn't have to keep hitting me. Throw the flag at him. It's not my fault."
Shockey didn't deny throwing the ball at Madison.
"He hit me! I can't hit him back?" Shockey said. "Hey, I am
not going to back down to anyone, I came here to win, help this
team win, If some guy is hitting me after the whistle blows, I'm
going to hit him back."
Shockey, who shows his emotion on the field, believes he has
become a target for defenders because of his high profile and
"Everybody is trying to take a shot at me," said Shockey,
whose 11 catches were one more than he had in the first three
games. "Hey, if they make a good play against me, they feel they
have done something in the game. It doesn't matter to me. I just
try to help the team win in any way."