Jewish New York Giant Ready to Take Bite out of Big Apple — and Matzah
Adam Bisnowaty is well past the age of his bar mitzvah. The rookie offensive lineman for the New York Giants is 23, and — at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds — he is clearly a man.
But while Bisnowaty is not afraid to block pass rushers who will try to sack Giants quarterback Eli Manning, he was terrified about his mother’s reaction to his tattoo.
“She didn’t know about it for three or four weeks,” Bisnowaty said. “Then my sister told on me. My mother wasn’t too happy, then my grandma found out, and she was pretty upset. But they were understanding after I told them the reason.”
Bisnowaty’s tattoo, which is in Hebrew, reads “Ehiyeh asher ehiyeh” — or, “I am that I am.” He said that he is proud to be open about his Judaism.
“Everyone has their own beliefs,” he said. “For me, it’s how I was raised and grew up.”
Bisnowaty said that getting the tattoo hurt a little, but he hopes that it “opens people’s eyes” about Judaism. Manischewtiz event sent the rookie player a package of kosher food to his locker room. Though he is not kosher, Bisnowaty said that he enjoyed the food.
“We crushed two boxes of matzah,” he said, explaining that he and his teammates ate it quickly. “I’m excited for the potato latke mix and matzah ball soup.”
Elan Kornblum, president of Kosher Restaurants Magazine, has offered to take Bisnowaty to a top kosher restaurant to welcome him to the area.
“That would be great,” Bisnowaty said, noting that his pre-game meal is usually steak and pasta.
Bisnowaty knows a few words in Hebrew, and his father is Israeli. He said that he would like to learn more Hebrew in the future.
Bisnowaty said that while he was raised to be a respectful and nice person, “on the field, I’m a nasty player.”
Although he is 10 years too old, Bisnowaty — who never had his bar mitzvah — predicts that he will have one in the future, but doesn’t think that there will be a theme (unless it coincides with a Super Bowl victory).
Bisnowaty thinks that, on the field, it will be a bright year for the Giants.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said of the team’s multiple threats on offense. “Big things should be happening this year.”