New York Giants star compares car crash horror to NFL practice in worrying claim

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Defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches has opened up after being caught in a two-car collision last month. (Image: Getty/New York Giants)
Defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches has opened up after being caught in a two-car collision last month. (Image: Getty/New York Giants)

New York Giants defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches has shed light on the frightening reality of the rigours of the NFL, comparing his recent car crash to the punishment he takes on the gridiron.

The eight-year veteran was involved in a two-car collision on the way home from the opening day of training camp in July 25. Driving away from the Meadowlands team facility, Nunez-Roches was caught in a collision with another vehicle and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The 30-year-old, who joined the Giants on a three-year, $12million (£9.5m) deal this summer, escaped from the incident with a concussion, forcing him to miss five days of full practice before being allowed to return.

The former Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle admits he was lucky to avoid further injury, although he compared the physical toll to a tough NFL practice.

“Definitely was fortunate coming out of that situation,” Nunez-Roches told reporters on Tuesday. “Looking at that accident and both vehicles being totalled, it was definitely an eye-opener. At the same time, shoot, I am in a car wreck every week at practice, so it wasn’t anything different. God blessed me to be safe. No bumps, bruises or broken anything, so it was all good."

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Police in New Jersey have declined to release a police report from the incident, according to the New York Post, but Nunez-Roches has detailed what happened through his eyes.

“I saw (the other driver] approaching the stop sign but as I am looking at her, I’m like, ‘She’s going way too fast. I don’t think she’s going to stop,’ ” Nunez-Roches said.

New York Giants star compares car crash horror to NFL practice in worrying claimRakeem Nunez-Roches signed for the Giants this year after impressing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

“I was able to apply the brake a couple of seconds before she hit me because if I didn’t, she was going to hit me straight on. As she hit me and I spun in a circle. It was more (a feeling of frustration) frustration because I was heading home to help my wife put the kids down before bed check. I was really more mad about that than the accident.”

Nunez-Roches will line up alongside one-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Leonard Williams on the defensive line this season, and he was pleased to see his teammate return to practice on Tuesday after his ordeal.

"It was great to see him back," Williams said. "Glad nothing happened to him during that accident. But also, he's just a great guy to bring into this building and to bring it to the defense.

"He has great energy, and so far, he's been playing the run really well. I think he's going to be a great addition on the D-line."

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