The New York Giants running back has already won a Super Bowl with his previous team, the New England Patriots, and is now entering his second season with Big Blue.
But on May 22 at MCU Park in Coney Island, Vereen will take a back seat in all the action.
Vereen is serving as the honorary captain for the FDNY team in the Fun City Bowl, an annual charity football game between the firefighters and NYPD. It’s his first time being involved in this rivalry, and so far he’s already having fun.
“As soon as I heard about it, I jumped at the opportunity,” he said about being asked to lead the team. “This is something I would never turn down. This is a huge honor for me.”
Vereen said he hopes to get the opportunity to pump up the players before the first snap. He said he wants to inspire the FDNY team.
“I’m rooting for them. I’m their honorary captain, so of course I’m pulling for them to win,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing a good game.”
Vereen said this game is important to him because he looks up to the players.
“This is two groups of guys, not just the Fire Department but the NYPD as well, who literally protect and serve the community and greater good [more] than we as football players could ever really do,” Vereen said. “We have nothing but respect for guys like this who, on top of having a family and demands for their job, have a chance to come out here and play some ball. It’s awesome to see.”
And many of those same firefighters and police officers will be cheering on Vereen and the Giants in September when the football season starts up again.
“I can’t wait,” Vereen said about his upcoming season with the G-Men. “Really looking forward to it.”