“I was very excited,” the former Ohio State cornerback told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday. ” … This is a great organization to go to and just ecstatic just to get to work.”
Apple said he didn’t know what to expect when he arrived for the draft April 28 in Chicago.
“I was just playing it by ear. I didn’t really know where I was going to get picked at,” he said. “I was hearing, of course, like first round and stuff, but I just wanted to focus on having a great night with my family.”
When asked how he would describe the type of football player the Giants are getting, Apple said: “Just a very hard worker, a competitive person, somebody who’s going to be driven out there on the field to just win all the games and do his best to bring a Super Bowl to New York. That’s the only thing motivating me right now is that Super Bowl. That’s the only accomplishment or anything that I care about right now.”
He added that he’s excited to go up against Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. every day in practice.
“It doesn’t get any better than that,” said Apple, who has signed his rookie contract, the Giants announced Friday. “Practice is definitely going to be lit. It’s going to be a fun time. I can’t wait to go against him and all the other great receivers the Giants have, too.”
Apple’s mother, Annie Apple, has become a celebrity of sorts herself after a story made the rounds this week about how she refused to let Apple wear to the draft a Rolex he was offered. She said she told her son: “Dude, you’re an unemployed college dropout. You will not be on TV with a Rolex.’ So we decided if he needed to know what time it was, he could just look at his phone. I bought him a portable charger.”
When asked about the incident Friday, Eli Apple said: “I was just laughing. It was just a funny type of thing, just how we communicate back and forth. We just always joke around.”