Giants guard Will Hernandez hopes to be role model for Hispanic kids

Posted: Updated:

New York Giants guard Will Hernandez is only in his second season with the NFL team, but he says that he wants to use his position on a team to be a role model for Hispanic kids.

“It's very rare to see Hispanic players in the NFL so I definitely don't take this role lightly,” he says. “I'm definitely going to use this platform to reach as many Hispanic kids as I can.”

Hernandez is of Mexican-American descent. He, along with kicker Aldrick Rosas, are the only two Hispanic players on the Giants. They recently teamed up with former Giants receiver Victor Cruz for a community outreach program.

“It's always been something I wanted to do, so it's my first time going out for Hispanic Heritage Month and it was pretty awesome doing it with Victor Cruz as well,” Hernandez says. “We went out to the Boys and Girls Club.”

Hernandez, whose father was a professional soccer player in Mexico, grew up in Las Vegas. He played college football at the University of Texas, El Paso. He says coming to the East Coast has been an easy transition.

“You’ve got New York City right there. So many things to do and honestly, for me, it's like a fat kids dream out here. You've got a different place to eat every day, so I love it,” he says.

Hernandez says that he loves all of the fan support that he gets. He says that he carries that with him while he plays.

“Every day you’re seeing more and more Hispanic kids playing football and getting more interested in the game,” says Hernandez.

He says that he wants kids to see him on the field and know that they can do it too.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."