Jets S Jamal Adams has never liked to lose, and his father -- former NFL RB George Adams -- gave the perfect anecdote to explain why.
"As a G.A. Giant, we didnt' lose," George told The Post's Steve Serby as he referenced Jamal's Pop Warner days. "I gave the ball to J., he got the first down, and they came out and measured and then they said, 'No, no, no. We gotta remeasure.' So they didn't give us a first down, so they got the ball and they scored and we lost.
"He cried like a baby. So what I told him, I said, 'That's life. That's football. You're gonna get some people to say one thing and it's another, but the thing is, I'm teaching you how to lose.' And that really just didn't set with him, because he just don't like losing."
Jamal's competitive nature has grown even more since his youth football days, and his father gets most of the credit for instilling that mindset within his son. Jamal's mother, Michelle, said the father-son duo is always competing no matter the event.
"They challenge each other every day," she said. "They're similar in anything that they do. If we go bowling, if we do anything, it's down. The trash-talking between them never stops."
Jamal and his father are also very similar in how their football careers took off. George went to Kentucky, while Jamal attended LSU -- both SEC schools. George went in the first round to the Giants (19th overall) in 1985, and when Jamal entered the draft, he was taken by another New York team in the Jets.
However, he had the infamous $40,000 bet with his father that he would get drafted higher than him, and he won when he heard his name called sixth overall.
Now, that he won that round with his father, the next feat will be staying in the league longer than he did. George saw his career go on a downward spiral after a hip injury ultimately ended his career. He spent five years with the Giants before retiring following the 1991 season with the Patriots.
Watching his father walk around the house with a cane reminds Jamal the obvious occupational hazard that he must endure every season. That is why he doesn't take any snap for granted.
"The NFL stands for Not For Long, and that is dead serious," Jamal said. "Every time I'm out there on the field, I try to give it my all, because again, you just never know when it's your last play. But just looking at his example, some things happen to where you can't control and some things you can avoid by just going hard, so he's always taught me to play fast and go hard."
Though George could never really get going in his own career, he loves the potential he sees in his 22-year-old son. Jamal wears his father's No. 33 jersey that he wore with the Giants, and no matter how many games George and Michelle attend, the goosebumps are always there when he takes the field.
"I was just talking to my wife about that," George said. "I have chillbumps all the time when I see him on the field with that No. 33, and I see him making plays and I see him having fun, it just puts chillbumps all down through my body, man. It's outstanding. It ain't nothing like it."
Jamal, who is known to have a big personality and has already become a fan favorite, was asked to describe his father. And the answer was uncanny.
"Passioante. Likeable. Huge personality," Jamal said. "Talks a lot of noise. If he loves you he cares for you and he definitely has a passion for kids period, and impacting kids lives. ...He's selfless man. I applaud him for that."
Like father, like son. It couldn't be anymore true for George and Jamal.