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GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK HEEDED MICHAEL STRAHAN'S ADVICE TO "GO FOR IT" IN DESIGNING BOLD SUPER BOWL RING (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_justin_tuck_heeded_mich.html)

"In early April, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/antrelrolle26/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FVCA1YIj0">Antrel
Rolle got a tattoo on his left pectoral muscle</a> that included the Giants’
Super Bowl XLVI ring, the Manhattan skyline, an image of him sorting stacks of
cash and the words “All In.”

Sounds close to one of Justin Tuck’s proposals for what the team’s rings
would look like.
<div class="embeddedMedia entry_widget_large entry_widget_right"><span style="DISPLAY: inline" class="mt-enclosure mt-enclosure-photo"><span class="adv-video"><a class="bc_video"><span class="bc_video_overlay"></span>http://brightcove01.brightcove.com/21/260701700001/260701700001_1643169501001_vs-1643156540001.jpg?pubId=260701700001</a> <span class="video-data"><span class="title"><a href="http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2012/05/videogiants_get_super_bowl_rin.html" target="_blank">Video: Giants get Super Bowl ring at ceremony at
Tiffanys</a></span> <span class="caption">New York Giants players and coaches
arrived at Tiffany &amp; Co in Manhattan to get their Super Bowl XLVI ring which
was officially unveiled on Wednesday. So the blue carpet was unrolled and the
Giants arrived at about 6pm to go get their rings. (Video by William Perlman/The
Star-Ledger) </span><span class="view"><a>Watch video</a></span> </span><span class="photo-bottom-left"></span><span class="photo-bottom-right"></span></span></span>


“We’re the New York Giants but we also play in New Jersey so I wanted to
capture the New York-New Jersey feel,” Tuck, one of the designers of the rings,
said before the players, coaches and members of the front office <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_entertain_thoughts_of_d.html">got
the final versions on Wednesday night at Tiffany &amp; Co.’s flagship store</a>
on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. “The first design, I wanted it to be more like the
skyline with (the Turnpike) going to Jersey off the bridge and ending at the
Timex facility. Something like that, with the Hudson River running right through
the ring, but they couldn’t do that.”</p>

Tuck said he also proposed a “four-finger ring” to represent the four Super
Bowls the Giants’ franchise has won.</p>

“Mr. (Steve) Tisch liked that idea but we didn’t get enough votes,” he said.
“What else? I thought about a facial mural for each guy, so for instance, my
ring would have my face on it, Antrel would have his.</p>

“Some of the ideas got knocked down. Hopefully, ring three, I can get a
little more push behind some of the ideas.”</p>

Tuck thought big. After all, that’s what Michael Strahan told him.</p>

Tuck’s former teammate, who pushed for a <a href="http://blog.nj.com/ledgergiants/2008/04/giants_sb_ring_revealed.html">“10-table
ring”</a> after the Super Bowl XLII victory, suggested Tuck be creative in his

“He told me go for it,” Tuck said. “When we were in the designing process, he
told me, ‘Get the biggest and baddest one you can get.’ So that’s why I came up
with some ostentatious designs I knew would get knocked down. But I’m pretty
proud of what we did create.”</p>

When the players who have been on both of the past Super Bowl teams showed
the rings side-by-side, the newer ones were much brighter and glistened more in
the lights. It might simply be a matter of the new rings’ being cleaner and
perhaps the blue stones on top helped the ring look brighter.</p>

Whatever the case, Tuck believes he, Eli Manning and the rest of the design
team bested Strahan and his crew.</p>

“You see the difference,” he said, showing both rings. “That’s a 10-table
one; this one’s a little bit better.”</p>

* * * *</p>

Tuck said he tried throwing the media a curveball on Tuesday by <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_justin_tuck_says_there.html">saying
the leaked pictures of the rings weren't the real design</a> because he didn't
want those who hadn't seen it to have the surprise spoiled.</p>

Tuck sounded a bit perturbed the pictures got out, though he seemed most
upset with those who passed them to the players who tweeted the images than the
players themselves.</p>

"I didn’t want everybody that didn’t have anything to do with Giants Nation
to be seeing the ring before we had 95 percent of our players seeing the ring,"
he said. "I really think that was unfair and I wish I knew who dropped it and
leaked the ring because I will have some choice words for him, too."</p>

* * * *</p>

Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying we in the media often get a
reputation for looking at the small negative instead of the big positive in a
situation. For example, in the past, we’ve written stories about which players
aren’t at offseason workouts (i.e. Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress) instead
of focusing on the players who were there. Some didn't appreciate such an

On Wednesday night, given the celebratory scene and the fact it wasn't a
mandatory event for the players by any stretch, I made a conscious effort to
write about those who attended instead of those who weren't there. However, I
did receive a few questions via Twitter and email as to whether or not the
disgruntled Osi Umenyiora attended. He did not.</p>

Umenyiora tweeted this morning <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora/status/203050315774308352">he's in

I don’t know why he's in Germany and didn't attend the ceremony, nor am I
judging. Just relaying some information to those interested.</p>

Meanwhile, Umenyiora has apologized for <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_osi_umenyiora_wishes_ea.html">his
"Happy Mothers' Day" tweet to Eagles RB LeSean McCoy</a>. Well, he's not
apologizing to McCoy, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora/status/203049616667713536">just to any
women offended</a>. Umenyiora said Sarah Spain of ESPN Chicago was correct for
questioning his tweet in <a href="http://espn.go.com/espnw/commentary/7938434/said-questioning-inequality-insults">an
article for ESPNW</a>."</p>

* * * *</p>

Giants president John Mara said after the ceremony Tom Coughlin's contract
extension is coming "sooner rather than later." He also said he doesn't expect
any hangups.</p>

* * * *</p>

I mentioned on Tuesday Brandon Jacobs had tweeted he wouldn’t be at the ring
ceremony. I wasn’t sure why not, though. Jacobs answered a follower who asked
that question on Wednesday by tweeting <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/gatorboy45/status/202951998813896704">he couldn’t
miss two days of workouts with his new team</a>, the San Franscisco 49ers.
Jacobs' wife, Kimberly, attended the ceremony in his place.</p>

Speaking of the Niners, there was no sign of WR Mario Manningham.</p>GIANTS ENTERTAIN THOUGHTS OF "DYNASTY" AT SUPER BOWL RING CEREMONY (http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_entertain_thoughts_of_d.html)

"They had barely slipped on the 14-karat white gold ring with the four diamond
Lombardi Trophies, the circle of 37 blue sapphire stones and the fitting words
“Finish” and “All In” engraved on the inside when they talked about getting
their next one.

For most, it would be their second. For some, it would be their third.</p>

So while Wednesday night’s Super Bowl ring ceremony at Tiffany &amp; Co. on
Fifth Ave., the second in four years here, was a nice celebration for the
Giants' players, it was also a chance to set the goal even higher and drop the
“D” word.</p>

“You get that first time and you’re in awe, like, ‘Oh God, this might not
ever happen again,’” defensive captain Justin Tuck, one of the designers of this
year’s model, said as he stacked both of his rings on the podium inside the
fifth floor of this storied building. “You win a second one and you’re like,
‘Hey, maybe we can do something here.’</p>

“Our thing now is we want to make it a dynasty.”</p>

Downstairs, the giddy players were still hugging and high-fiving, posting
pictures of the rings on Twitter and in some cases saying goodbye to teammates
they won’t play alongside this upcoming season.</p>

But in a quiet moment away from the chaos, Tuck told quarterback Manning of the
future, “We have to play the games, so we might as well win them.”

Manning laughed when that exchange was relayed back to him by a reporter.</p>

“Well, I thought that was a confidential conversation,” Manning said. “Justin
was talking to Mr. (John) Mara and he was saying no Giants player has three
championships with the Giants.
<div id="asset-11033994" class="entry_widget_large entry_widget_right"><span class="adv-photo-large">http://media.nj.com/giants_impact/photo/11033994-large.jpg<span class="photo-data"><span class="byline">William Perlman/The Star-Ledger</span><span class="caption">New York
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (91) with his rings Giants Super Bowl ring
ceremony at Tiffanys in Manhattan</span></span><span class="photo-bottom-left"></span><span class="photo-bottom-right"></span></span></div>
“So we’re
setting the stakes high and make sure we stay motivated.”

Frankly, that’s part of the point of these rings, which feature the years of
the organization’s four Super Bowl seasons and the 21-17 final score of
February’s victory over the Patriots — to remember what it took to get to this

When Tuck looks at his ring, he’ll think about the emotions he experienced in
an injury-plagued season. Victor Cruz will ponder his quick ascent and what it
will take to maintain his stardom.</p>

In the sparkling stones, Ahmad Bradshaw will forever see himself falling
backward onto his rear end into the end zone for the most awkward-looking Super
Bowl-winning touchdown ever.</p>

Antrel Rolle doesn’t even need the ring because he recently got it tattooed
on his left pectoral muscle, along with the Manhattan skyline, stacks of cash
and the words “All In,” a phrase inspired by a Union City teacher’s speech to a
few players late in the season.</p>

Tom Coughlin is partial to that other word inside the rings, the one he
introduced in training camp to a team that had struggled down the stretch in the
previous few seasons.</p>

“It means everything to me,” the Giants’ coach said. “The word ‘finish’ in
there really captures a lot of emotion for me. Â?The fact our players can quote
to you what this means to them and how they were reinforced by this over and
over, I think that says a lot.
“I’ll always look upon that.”</p>

Manning will remember how the “finish” was the difference. After all, as he
said, a few plays were the difference between this team (7-7 heading into the
Christmas Eve matchup with the Jets) getting rings and not making the

Manning hopes players understand uttering the “D” word means accepting the
work needed to make such a difference a few more times.</p>

“We have great character on this team,” he said. “We have guys who are
committed to winning and getting better.”</p>

Said Tuck, “You think about how lucky you are to be in this situation. There
are a lot of great players who didn’t have an opportunity to win playoff games
let alone Super Bowl wins, and I have two. I’m definitely thankful for

But apparently still hungry for more.</p>

He's not alone. </p>

"You can always have more rings," Rolle said. "Just ask Michael Jordan."</p>http://www.nj.com/giants/

</div></div><u><font size="4">NY DAILY NEWS</font></u>

OSI APOLOGIZES FOR "MOTHER'S DAY" TWEET (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/osi-apologizes-for-mothers-day-tweet)

"Osi Umenyiora has apologized for offending women with his “Happy Mother’s
Day” Tweet to Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.

The Giants defensive end
<a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/OsiUmenyiora">delivered that apology via
Twitter</a> on Thursday morning, apparently from overseas. It was a response to
an article on ESPN’s website that was critical of the way he insulted his rival
by calling him a woman.

“Replace ‘woman" with race, religion or sexual
orientation and the reaction would be far different,” <a href="http://espn.go.com/espnw/commentary/7938434/said-questioning-inequality-insults">wrote
ESPN’s Sarah Spain</a>. “Just imagine the response from media and fans if
Umenyiora had tweeted McCoy ‘Happy Gay Pride Day.’”

Said Umenyiora: “@SarahSpain (https://twitter.com/#%21/sarahspain) is absolutely correct
in her article. I wasnt thinking about it from that perspective. I apologize to
any woman offended. It won't happen again.”

Umenyiora -- who said on
Twitter that he is currently in Germany, which is why he missed the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/giants-ring-in-new-season-with-talk-of-dynasty">Giants'
Super Bowl ring ceremony</a> on Wednesday night -- has insulted McCoy several
times in the past year by referring to him as a woman. After McCoy used Twitter
last spring to call Umenyiora “Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team
honestly,” Umenyiora responded by calling McCoy “Lady Gaga,” a “little girl” and
“a woman.”

Then on Sunday, he surprised everyone by Tweeting an
unprompted message to McCoy that said “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy
your special day!!”

One person on Twitter responded to Umenyiora’s
apology and told him it was “unfortunate” that people can’t just make a joke
these days. Umenyiora, to his credit, didn’t use his attempt at humor as an

“You have to look at things from other people's perspective
sometimes,” he responded. “A joke to me and you might actually offend

Spain, <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/SarahSpain">via
Twitter</a>, told Umenyiora it was “so fantastic of you to actually read the
piece and really think about the issue.”

Responded Umenyiora: “I always
try and look at things from someone else's perspective when it's called to my
attention. You article is the truth”."</p>GIANTS RING IN NEW SEASON WITH TALK OF "DYNASTY" (http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/giants-ring-in-new-season-with-talk-of-dynasty)

"Justin Tuck now has two big diamond rings on his finger. He also has room for
many, many more.

That’s the lofty goal the Giants are setting as they
get ready to defend the fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
Winning two in five seasons was an incredible accomplishment, but they want
something bigger.

They want to be a dynasty, too.

“I think the
second ring makes you that much hungrier," Tuck said on Wednesday night when the
<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/2012/05/super-bowl-champs-will-have-a-familiar-ring">Giants
got their Super Bowl XLVI championship rings at Tiffany &amp; Co.</a>. “You get
there the first time and you're in awe. You win the second one and you're like,
'Hey, Maybe we can do something here.'

“Our thing now is we want to be a
dynasty. We want to make it a dynasty.”

That seemed to be on all the
players’ minds as they got their diamond and sapphire encrusted rings in a
private ceremony. They admired the four diamond Lombardi trophies – one
representing each of the franchise’s four Super Bowl championships -- inside a
ring of blue on the face of their rings.

Then they tried to figure out
if there was room for a fifth.

“Absolutely,” said safety Antrel Rolle.
“I think the best part of this is I’ve been able to taste the blood. I’ve tasted
the blood and I want to go back and definitely win another one. I’m never
complacent. I’m never going to be satisfied with just one.”

tonight I’m putting this thing away because I want to get another one,” added
tackle David Diehl. “I want to get back here. I want this feeling

Most of the current Giants returned to New York for the
ceremony, though Osi Umenyiora was one of the notables who appeared to be
absent. Several former Giants were on hand too, including defensive end Dave
Tollefson (Raiders), tackle Kareem McKenzie (unsigned), receiver Devin Thomas
(Bears) and linebacker Jonathan Goff (Redskins). Even running back Brandon
Jacobs (49ers) was represented by his wife, Kim.

Each of the rings they
received honored the Giants’ four Super Bowl championships, with the four
trophies on top, and a list of the Giants’ four Super Bowl seasons – 1986, 1990,
2007 and 2011 – on the bottom.

It would be historic if they could soon
add a fifth and allow some long-time Giants like Tuck and Eli Manning to become
the franchise’s first three-time Super Bowl champion players.

obviously setting the stakes high,” Manning said. “It’s making sure we

“I want to win another one,” added receiver Victor Cruz. “I
think if we won one this early in my career, why not get a couple more?”</p>http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giant (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants)</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>
</div></div></div><u><font size="4">NY POST</font></u>
TUCK TALKING GIANTS' DYNASTY (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/nice_ring_to_it_8ffM2cSYaKc5SoOpGG9i3H)

"Justin Tuck slid his two Super Bowl rings off his fingers, placed them down
on a shiny translucent lectern and said the word that previously he and no one
else among these Giants has uttered.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

He said the “D” word.</p>

“You get that the first time you’re in awe,’’ Tuck said last night following
the Super Bowl ring ceremony at Tiffany and Co. on Fifth Avenue. “You win a
second one you think ‘Maybe we can do something here.’ Let’s make it a dynasty.
We want to make it a dynasty.’’</p>

With two championships in four years, the Tuck-Eli Manning-Tom Coughlin
Giants are on their way to possibly making that seemingly-impossible dream a
reality. These Giants as a dynasty?
</p>“Me and Eli just were talking a minute ago and I said, ‘We got to play the
games, so why not win it?’ ’’ Tuck said.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Manning, asked about that conversation, said he thought it was confidential
until he heard Tuck spilled the beans. Manning recounted a conversation Tuck had
with co-owner John Mara in which Tuck mentioned no player has ever won three
Super Bowls while playing for the Giants.</p>

“Setting the stakes high and obviously make sure we stay motivated,’’ Manning
said. “The goal is always to win a championship.’’</p>

These are heady times for the Giants, who assembled en masse to collect their
rings, for some for the second time in four years. A third title and the dynasty
talk is more than just talk.</p>

“I hope so,’’ Manning said of a possible dynasty. “I think we have great
character on this team, I think we have guys who are committed to winning, to
getting better. I think guys understand last year was a great success and
understand we had to fight our tails off just to make the playoffs. A little
play here, a little play there we don’t make the playoffs. </p>

“We understand we have improvements to make. We’ve got to get better as a
team. We have to get better as an offense. We have to make that next jump
forward. We did that in the playoffs and played at a very high level against the
best teams. That’s great and it’s good to know we can do that, but we’ve got to
be consistent throughout the whole season.’’</p>

The theme of not being satisfied permeated the evening.</p>

“I’ll cherish it tonight but it’s back to work tomorrow,’’ said David Diehl,
who now has two Super Bowl rings.</p>

“This is a great piece of hardware on my hand right now,’’ added Antrel
Rolle. “But we can always have more rings. Just ask Michael Jordan.’’</p>

Players were thrilled with the final product they were able to pluck out of
that famous blue Tiffany box. The big change from this ring to the one following
the 2007 season is the addition of the color blue, with 37 sapphires ringing the
top of the ring.</p>

“We wanted some blue — the Giants are Big Blue,’’ Manning said. “We
definitely wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit.”</p>

Another difference is the engraved words “Finish’’ and “All In’’ on the
inside of the ring, reminders of the inspirational phrases the Giants used to
manufacture their Super Bowl run.</p>

“The word ‘Finish’ in there really captures a lot of emotion to me,’’ said
coach Tom Coughlin, who used that word as a rallying cry all season.</p>

Players walked a blue carpet on Fifth Avenue, many accompanied by their
wives, on a night that will be one of the final reminders of last season.</p>

“It means a lot,’’ Jason Pierre-Paul said of his new ring, before quickly
adding “Try to get another one. We can. It’s all about hard work, you know, what
the guys put in it. It don’t matter how many guys come in or how many guys
leave. It’s all about the hard work that everybody can come together as one, as
teammates, as a team, and make another run.’’</p></div></div>FORMER GIANTS RETURN FOR RING CELEBRATION (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/dy_ing_for_more_jfOTA1fINorbyr1LhJJG9J#ixzz1v8lKml h7)

"No chance Dave Tollefson was going to miss spending a night with his former
Giants teammates, who last night received their Super Bowl championship rings at
a private ceremony at Tiffany and Co. on Fifth Avenue.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

“A lot of these guys are great friends of mine,’’ said Tollefson, the
reliable reserve defensive end who signed with the Raiders in the offseason.
“It’s really kind of like an old frat party, going back to college and hanging
out with your boys. It doesn’t feel weird at all. I think my wife, she’s like
‘It’s going to be weird for you.’ I’m just excited to see
</p>That was evident from the great big bear-hug Tollefson put on Justin Tuck as
they walked the blue carpet upon arrival at the event. This is always a
potentially uncomfortable situation, players who were cast aside by the Giants
returning to claim their diamond and sapphire studded prize.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

“You always want to be able to go ahead and enjoy it with all the guys and be
able to celebrate and, you know, get that coveted ring,’’ said Kareem McKenzie,
who started every game at right tackle last season but was not pursued in free
agency by the Giants and remains unsigned. “It’s always something that, you’re
really anxious at first but when you get down to it, I’m just excited.’’</p>

McKenzie said he believes he has plenty of football left in him. “I’m not
retired yet,’’ he said. “I still want to play, but, you know what, we’ll go
ahead and see what happens, and if no one calls me, oh well, I guess I am
[retired]. No big deal to me. It’s a great way to go out. I mean, you can’t beat
it. Go out as Super Bowl champion, win it two times in 11 years, you can’t beat
it. Not at all.’’</p>

Brandon Jacobs, now a member of the 49ers, was not on the scene but there are
no hard feelings, as his wife, Kim, was. Also on hand were Devin Thomas, who is
now with the Bears, and Jonathan Goff, who signed with the rival Redskins.
Former Giants Rocky Bernard, Michael Clayton and Derrick Martin were also on

“End this chapter in our life with the people I really care about, played
with the last five years and you kind of move on, you know?,’’ Tollefson said.
“This is for me a twice in a lifetime thing. You can’t miss out, because when
you do something like this and you have a chance to be with the guys you did it
with that’s what it’s all about.’’</p>GIANTS' UMENYIORA APOLOGIZES FOR "SEXIST" MOTHER'S DAY TWEET (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/umenyiora_apologizes_for_sending_LrebpyClPrf3MW7e7 TAaiN)

"Osi Umenyiora said an online article that condemned him as sexist for wishing
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy a Happy Mothers Day was "absolutely correct,"
as he issued an apology Thursday.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

ESPNChicago anchor Sarah Spain hit out at the Giants defensive end in an
article on the network's site dedicated to women's sports, ESPNW, saying,
"Umenyiora still thinks being compared to a woman is the ultimate insult."</p>

Umenyiora took a shot at McCoy on Sunday, telling him to "enjoy your special
day," as he reignited a long-standing feud with the Philadelphia star.</p>

McCoy welcomed the insult, saying, "Lol let the beef begin," while former
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, now with the 49ers, chimed in, too, saying,
"Omg hahaha."</p>


But Spain said in a commentary piece Wednesday that those laughing at
Umenyiora's tweet reinforced that "the sports world is still an old boys'

She wrote, "To Umenyiora, saying that a man is a 'woman' is equivalent to
calling him a 'wuss,' a 'weakling' or a 'crybaby.' Well if that's what he means,
he should use those words. The word 'woman' should not be interchangeable with
these insults."</p>

She added, "Assigning characteristics like 'tough' and 'strong' to men and
'soft' and 'weak' to women is not only lazy, it perpetuates stereotypical gender
roles and can be harmful to both boys and girls. Those qualities are personality
traits, not gender traits. There's nothing soft or weak about Serena Williams or
Lisa Leslie or Billie Jean King."</p>


Umenyiora responded, "@SarahSpain is absolutely correct in her article. I
wasnt thinking about it from that perspective. I apologize to any woman

He also fought Spain's corner when one of his followers criticized the
reporter, saying, "you can't joke about anything in 2012 .. There's a sour
person about every subject."</p>

Umenyiora replied, "But you have to look at things from other people's
perspective sometimes. A joke to me and you might actually offend others."</p>

Spain was delighted with the NFL star's response, offering him "big props"
and adding, "So fantastic of you to actually read the piece and really think
about the issue."</p>


Umenyiora, who still is in a contract dispute with the Giants, responded, "I
always try and look at things from someone else's perspective when it's called
to my attention. [Your] article is the truth."</p>GIANTS' GUARD SNEE WANTS RUNNING GAME TO IMPROVE

GIANTS GUARD SNEE WANTS RUNNING GAME TO IMPROVE (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/snee_first_in_line_to_chase_super_UlCLqbLnJQykpLP4 bseqYJ)</p>

"Players come, players go and the offensive line is about to undergo another
transformation, but the Giants starting right-guard spot continues to belong to
Chris Snee, who knows nothing lasts forever.</p>

“My number will be called at some point, and they’ll have to put another
right guard in there,’’ Snee said last night. “I’m enjoying being the right
guard and hopefully have a better season than last.’’</p><div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Better season than last? The Giants are coming off a victory in Super Bowl
XLVI, aren’t they?</p>

“We finished last in rushing,’’ Snee quickly countered. “A lot of factors go
into it, but the big guys up front take pride in that. We’ll take all the blame,
warranted or not. We’ll take the heat. Me being a leader of that front, I’ve got
to get the guys going, myself included.’’
</p>Snee never puts himself in the center of attention, but he was in the
spotlight last night, honored by the United Way of New York along with Jets
guard Brandon Moore and former Giants linebacker Harry Carson for their service
to the community. <div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

Following the season, Snee had surgery on his right elbow to clean up a
problem that he kept quiet week after week, and he was eager to change the
subject when asked about his rehab.</p>

“I’ve been gaining my strength back and doing some work on the field,’’ Snee
said. “I’ll be back there next week for OTAs. Good to go.’’</p>

He declined to attribute what he felt was substandard play to the injury.

“I blame it on nothing,” he said. “I need to play better.’’</p>

While Snee, 30, stays put entering his ninth pro season, the Giants have to
replace longtime right tackle Kareem McKenzie, who was not re-signed. </p>

“There’s only speculation at this point,” Snee said. “The logical thing would
be to have [David] Diehl move to right tackle, but we’ll see.’’</p>

If Diehl shifts from left to right tackle, Will Beatty would be re-inserted
into the starting left-tackle spot. Beatty missed the final six regular-season
games and the entire playoff run with a detached retina.</p>

The Giants tried to refortify their stagnant rushing attack by taking David
Wilson in the first round of the NFL Draft and added receiver Rueben Randle in
the second round and tight end Adrien Robinson in the fourth. They also selected
two offensive linemen, Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants.</p>

“It is exciting, but then again I’ve seen rookies come and go, you can’t
really count on them until you see what they can do on the field,’’ Snee said.
“Time will tell, and then we’ll get excited or move on again. They come in and
they have to prove to us they can play and they know the offense and can catch
on quickly."</p></div>
</div>LT PUTS HIS GIANTS' SUPER BOWL RING UP FOR AUCTION (http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/auction_puts_his_giants_super_bowl_3hybqPQZb3LaeaK M4pVRYJ)

"A day after the Giants receiver their championship rings for winning Super
Bowl XLVI comes word that Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is selling his
Super Bowl XXV ring.<div style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; TEXT-ALIGN: left; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff; COLOR: #000000; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none; TEXT-DECORATION: none">

According to SCP Auctions, the ring has received 12 bids with the top bid, as
of 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, at $37,982. The auction ends on Saturday. The
estimated value of the ring is $75,000 - $100,000.</p>

The oft-troubled Taylor is clearly in some financial distress to take the
drastic step of peddling one of his two Super Bowl rings. Taylor was also on the
Super Bowl XXI winning team.</p>

The auction house describes the ring as “arguably the most significant Super
Bowl player ring ever offered publicly’’ and goes on to state “it features two
football shaped diamonds on the face surrounded by worn blue enameling framed by
seventeen smaller diamonds.’’ </p>

The name “TAYLOR” is engraved on the left shank above a Giants helmet and his
number “56”. Engraved on the interior band in the full name “LAWRENCE TAYLOR”.
According to the press release, “the ring shows considerable wear, that in some
eyes, only enhances it aura.’’ Anyone who purchases the ring receives a
notarized letter of authenticity from Taylor."
<div><div><div><div><div><div><div><u><font size="4">THE BERGEN RECORD</font></u>


<u><font size="4">WALL STREET JOURNAL</font></u>



<u><font size="4">THE NEW YORK TIMES</font></u>

<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html">[url]http://www.nytimes.com/pages/sports/football/index.html
<u><font size="4">GIANTS 101</font></u>

GIANTS' JOHN MARA ON TOM COUGHLIN'S NEW DEAL: "WE'RE WORKING ON IT" (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/17/new-york-giants-john-mara-on-tom-coughlins-new-deal-were-working-on-it/)

"Back in late March, New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants co-owner John Mara (http://www.giants101.com/tag/john-mara/)
said the team expected to have <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Tom Coughlin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/tom-coughlin/" rel="tag nofollow">Tom
Coughlin</a>'s contract extension worked out within 4-6 weeks (http://www.giants101.com/2012/03/27/new-york-giants-reportedly-looking-toward-contract-extension-for-tom-coughlin/). Now, more than seven weeks later,
the head coach remains a lame duck. However, Mara reiterated on Wednesday night
during Big Blue's Super Bowl XLVI ring ceremony that a new deal is, in fact,

"We're working on it," Mara said. "It will be done sooner rather than

Following a 2010 season in which the Giants went 10-6 and missed the playoffs
for the second consecutive year, Coughlin was given a one-year extension through
2012 to avoid being a lame duck coach. Despite two mediocre seasons and a rough
start to 2011, which saw fans beginning to call for his termination, Giants
brass remained loyal to Coughlin. They never wavered in their support and Mara
said during the Super Bowl XLVI postgame that he looked forward to answering the
many letters questioning why they chose to keep Coughlin around.</p>

In his eight years with the Giants, Coughlin has experience only one losing
season – his first (6-10 in 2004). Since then, he has compiled a 68-44 regular
season record, a 8-3 playoff record and, of course, has brought the Lombardi
Trophy home twice.</p>

In early April, Giants 101 contested that Coughlin deserved an open-ended contract (http://www.giants101.com/2012/04/01/tom-coughlin-deserves-open-ended-contract-with-new-york-giants/). And while he's not
likely to receive such a luxury, a long-term deal should be expected."</p>


NEW YORK GIANTS TALK POTENTIAL "DYNASTY" AT SUPER BOWL XLVI RING CEREMONY (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/17/new-york-giants-talk-potential-dynasty-at-super-bowl-xlvi-ring-ceremony/)

"Dynasty. It was a word most recently associated with the New England
Patriots, who had won three of four Super Bowl championships from 2002 to 2005.
Before that, you have to go back to the late 70's and early 80's to find a true
dynasty in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, having won two of the last four Super
Bowls, the New York (http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york/) Giants find themselves in a position to be
thinking about their own potential dynasty … and they're not shy about discussing it (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/dy_ing_for_more_jfOTA1fINorbyr1LhJJG9J?utm_medium= rss&amp;utm_content=Giants).

“You get that the first time you’re in awe," defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> said last Wednesday night. “You win a second one you think ‘Maybe we
can do something here.’ Let’s make it a dynasty. We want to make it a

Big Blue certainly has the core to compete on a yearly basis, and they're
built to win now, but the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/) is a diverse league and absolutely nothing is a give
in. However, as Tuck says, "we got to play the games, so why not win

Still, there's a very fine line between winning and losing, and quarterback
<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Eli Manning" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/eli-manning/" rel="tag nofollow">Eli
Manning</a> will be the first to remind everyone of exactly that.</p>

"I think we have guys who are committed to winning, to getting better. I
think guys understand last year was a great success and understand we had to
fight our tails off just to make the playoffs. A little play here, a little play
there we don’t make the playoffs," Manning said.</p></blockquote>

What say you, Giants fans? Could this team possibly do the impossible and
establish themselves as a dynasty?"</p>GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK # 62 ON NFL'S TOP 100 LIST FOR 2012 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/17/new-york-giants%e2%80%99-justin-tuck-62-on-nfl%e2%80%99s-top-100-list-for-2012/)

"Despite injuries that held him down for the vast majority of the 2011-2012
season, <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> defensive end <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Justin Tuck" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/justin-tuck/" rel="tag nofollow">Justin
Tuck</a> played well enough and with enough passion to once again be considered
one of the National Football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/) League's premiere talents, as voted on by his
peers. The defensive captain was ranked #62 on the NFL's Top 100 List for 2012 (http://www.nfl.com/videos/new-york-giants/09000d5d829257ff/Top-100-Players-of-2012-Justin-Tuck).

"That's Justin, you know? He's going to play through pain. He's the captain
up there," former Giants tackle Barry Cofield said. "I think he feels a
responsibility to go out there and fight. You can see he's physically not where
he wants to be; not where you're used to seeing him. He's a guy that still goes
out there and fights, and when he's on the field he's going to fight hard for 60

Teammate and fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora calls Tuck a "monster" citing
his leverage, balance and ability to "get under people."</p>

Nicknamed "Weeble Wobble", Tuck garnered the most praise for his versatility;
his ability to play and succeed at any position in the front seven. During Super
Bowl XLVI, Tuck gathered a sack from both the linebacker and defensive tackle
position, while forcing a safety from the defensive end position.</p>

Despite falling two spots from a year ago, Tuck was honored to once again be
named to the NFL (http://www.giants101.com/tag/nfl/)'s Top 100
Players List.</p>

"I'm just happy to be on it," Tuck said. "Honored to be a part of

Congratulations to the two-time Super Bowl champion."

<u><font size="4">BIG BLUE VIEW</font></u><span id="entry_flag_counts_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition" class="flag-counts"><span class="light"></span> </span><span id="entry_flag_links_2011/12/23/2655531/friday-five-with-pat-traina-jets-giants-edition"></span>

NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: THE RING IS THE THING (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/5/17/3026102/new-york-giants-news-and-notes-super-bowl-ring-justin-tuck)

Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants)
fans! Here are your Thursday morning Giants notes.

<a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2012/05/giants_entertain_thoughts_of_d.html">Giants
entertain thoughts of 'dynasty' at Super Bowl ring ceremony | NJ.com</a>
get that first time and you’re in awe, like, ‘Oh God, this might not ever happen
again,’" defensive captain Justin Tuck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck), one
of the designers of this year’s model, said as he stacked both of his rings on
the podium inside the fifth floor of this storied building. "You win a second
one and you’re like, ‘Hey, maybe we can do something here.’

"Our thing
now is we want to make it a dynasty."</p>

<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-defensive-lineman-justin-tuck-upset-super-bowl-xlvi-ring-design-leak-article-1.1079526?localLinksEnabled=false">NY
Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck still upset over Super Bowl XLVI ring
design leak - NY Daily News</a>
"I didn’t want everybody that didn’t have
anything to do with Giants Nation to be seeing the ring before we had 95 percent
of our players seeing the ring," Tuck said on Wednesday night. "I really think
that was unfair. And I wish I knew who dropped it and leaked the ring because I
will have some choice words for him too."

<u><font size="4">INSIDE FOOTBALL</font></u>

A NICE "RING" TO CAP A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (http://insidefootball.com/blog/archives/4460)

"The Giants will receive their Super Bowl championship rings this evening in a
private ceremony at Tiffany’s in New York City. And the design of the ring,
which was unveiled today, features all the little special things that truly make
it a ring worthy of a Big Blue champion.<span id="more-4460"></span>

The design of the 14K white gold ring consisted of input from players,
coaches and the front office. It features 1.36 carats in diamonds making up the
bezel (face) of the ring.</p>

The base stones consist of four large diamonds that represent the franchise’s
four Lombardi trophies. There are also several smaller diamonds that surround
the four bigger ones in the trophies.</p>

“We wanted it to represent the four trophies and have that feeling that you
made the best ring that you could have made,” said defensive end Justin
Tuck, one of the players who provided input into the ring. “I think we
captured that.”</p>

The pavé features several smaller diamonds that surround the Lombardi
trophies and make up the team’s “NY” logo set against a blue jeweler’s enamel
backdrop. The bezel also includes a ring of smaller sapphires totaling 1.11
carats in weight placed just above the bezel spellout, “New York Giants 2011
World Champions.”</p>

“The blue makes it a little different,” said quarterback Eli
Manning. “We wanted some blue – the Giants are Big Blue. We definitely
wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit.”</p>

“I think all of us wanted to have some blue in the ring, from the ownership
down,” added Tuck. “We wanted to make the ring different from the ring we had
earlier. The ’08 ring had no color in it – it was just white diamonds. We wanted
those to sparkle a little bit more and stand out a little bit more. We talked to
guys on the team and the consensus was a lot of guys wanted to see more color in
the ring.”</p>

On shank is the old “Giants” logo, the one worn on the helmets of the
franchise’s 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams, placed above the Lombardi trophy,
and the final score of Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17, followed by the NFL shield.</p>

The other shank features the recipient’s last name, the team’s circular logo
surrounding the player’s jersey number, and “EST 1925,” the year the franchise
was founded.</p>

The palm side of the ring features is a list of the four years that the club
won the Super Bowl: 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011.</p>

Etched inside of the ring are the slogans “Finish” and “All in,” the team’s
two battle cries from last season.</p>

“We definitely wanted ‘Finish,’ we definitely wanted ‘All In,’” Tuck said.
“Those were two things we prided ourselves on, not only during the season, but
especially through the playoff run. And we won games that way. So we definitely
wanted those in there.”</p>

“We took in a lot of opinions. We all came to a decision to make this ring
our ring, because everyone loved it,” said Tuck. “When Tiffany brought it in the
last day, there was silence because everyone was thinking, ‘Wow.’ It really
captured everything we wanted to capture in the ring. Coach Coughlin was adamant
about having ‘World Champions’ on it. Plus they did a great job designing the
ring to fit around our fingers and really look good on your hand – not just
having a big, ostentatious ring on your hand. They worked on the balance of the
ring when it’s on your hand. I think Tiffany did a great job.”</p>

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</font><font size="4"><u>GIANTS GAB</u></font>

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<u><font size="4">GMEN HQ</font></u>


<font size="4"><u>YARDBARKER</u></font>

A NEW DEAL FOR TOM COUGHLIN IN THE WORKS (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/a_new_deal_for_tom_coughlin_in_the_works/10814261)

"It’s funny to go back to just two seasons ago and see how Rex Ryan was the
toast of the town to the New York media and Tom Coughlin was old news and needed
to be taken behind the barn and shot.

Today? Well, Ryan is on the hot seat and Coughlin is rumored to be getting an
extension after his second Super Bowl title in four years.</p>

</p><div class="KonaBody">

At the Giants Super Bowl ring ceremony yesterday, team owner John Mara told
local media that”We’re working on it. It will be done sooner rather than later”
in regards to a new deal for Tom Coughlin. At 65 and entering the final year of
his current deal, this is a move that was expected even before the improbable
run to the title last season.</p>

The truth is that things aredifferentin New York. I look at teams with
coaches who underachieve constantly, yet get to keep their job and aren’t
lambasted by the media. In New York, it’s win or get out. It doesn’t matter what
sport, what team or what you’ve done in the past. It’s all about what you’ve
done lately. And two titles in four years makes Coughlin safe for awhile.</p>

Eli Manning is already going to be given a pass for the rest of his career.
Joe Namath won one title and little else the rest of his career, yet he is still
treated as the king of New York today. But for a coach, what you’ve done lately
never rings more true than in the Big Apple.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">http://www.thepigskinreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/eli-manning.12.jpg (http://www.thepigskinreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/eli-manning.12.jpg)</p>

After winning the title in 2007 and winning 12 games the following year,
things were quiet. But after an 8-8 season in 2009 and a late season collapse in
2010, the majority of the fan base wanted Coughlin to go. He’d “lost his fire”
after winning the Super Bowl, many were saying.</p>

With the team sitting at 6-6 this season with just four games left to play,
the sentiment began to grow louder. But that’s when the team did what Coughlin
led teams seem to do; they coalesced around their coach and took their game to a
whole new level. Squeezing into the playoffs on the final game of the season
with a convincing victory over Dallas, they did what the past few Super Bowl
champs have done and entered the playoffs on a hot streak en route to another
improbable Super Bowl run.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">http://www.thepigskinreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/coughlinx-large.jpg (http://www.thepigskinreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/coughlinx-large.jpg)</p>

If Coughlin had these results in any other city, he’d probably of been
offered a Don Shula type situation by now and allowed to stay as long as he
wanted. And deservedly so.</p>

All conversations of the “great head coaches” in the modern NFL seem to start
and stop with Bill Belichick. But who comes after him? Even before last season,
I would have argued and stumped for Coughlin. He just finds a way to get his
team to rally around him and is, for lack of a better term, a leader of men.
He’s won 58% of his regular season games since becoming the Giants head coach in
2004 and has a sizzling .727 winning percentage in the postseason.</p>
<p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">http://www.thepigskinreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bill-Belichick-and-Tom-Coughlin-600x360.jpg (http://www.thepigskinreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bill-Belichick-and-Tom-Coughlin-600x360.jpg)</p>

In short, Coughlin sticking around in New York for the foreseeable future
should have Giants fan extremely content. Even if the teamfinishes.500 next
season. Because you know they’ll be back with him leading the way.

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<a href="http:///">http://nygreporter.com/

<font size="4"><u>NFL.COM</u></font>

MARIO MANNINGHAM, BRANDON JACOBS PASS ON RING CEREMONY (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8292903a/article/mario-manningham-brandon-jacobs-pass-on-ring-ceremony)

"While their former teammates with the New York Giants (/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) were receiving
their Super Bowl XLVI rings, current San Francisco 49ers (/teams/sanfrancisco49ers/profile?team=SF) running
back Brandon Jacobs (/players/brandonjacobs/profile?id=JAC705688) and wide
receiver Mario Manningham (/players/mariomanningham/profile?id=MAN547041) were on a practice field (http://www.49ers.com/news-and-events/article-2/Jacobs-Enjoys-%E2%80%98Championship-Work%E2%80%99/2746a1b6-28ca-4aeb-a5f6-76e4c3424006) in Santa Clara, California, 3,000
miles away from the festivities.

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"I think winning a championship is important, not many people have one and
not many people have had a chance to play in a Super Bowl," said Jacobs, who was
represented at the ceremony by his wife, Kim. "I respect that, but right now,
I'm working towards the same goal with a new team."</p>

Jacobs won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants, but clashed with management
over his contract and bristled after losing the starting job to Ahmad Bradshaw (/players/ahmadbradshaw/profile?id=BRA254359). After
refusing to accept a pay cut, Jacobs was released and agreed to a one-year
contract with the 49ers on March 29, one week after Manningham signed a
two-year, $7.5 million contract to switch coasts.</p>

"I talk to Mario every day," Jacobs said. "We love being here. The work is
something special. I'm glad I'm here with Mario and vice-versa. It's a special
thing. This football team, this coaching staff and this whole organization is
great. I'm happy to be a part of it and just ready to go."</p>

Jacobs and Manningham will face their former teammates on October 14 at
Candlestick Park."


<font size="3"><font size="4"><u>YAHOOSPORTS</u></font></font>

THE SHUTDOWN CORNER INTERVIEW: GIANTS' DL JUSTIN TUCK (http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-interview-york-giants-dl-justin-tuck-143256111.html;_ylt=AoTafbkY9Ohq.U0usQQz_A5DubYF)

"It's been a busy week for New York Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck. On
Thursday, he picked up the second Super Bowl ring of his career -- and the night
before, he was in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, for a
screening of the movie, "Battleship," to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/). The
WWP is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower
wounded warriors, and Tuck was there in conjunction with SUBWAY restaurants. The
movie, directed by Peter Berg ("Friday Night Lights"), stars Col. Greg Gadson, a
member of the WWP who lost both his legs in Iraq in 2007, and who has been an
inspirational force for the Giants ever since. We had the opportunity to speak
with Tuck about the premiere, the Giants, a couple of Super Bowl wins, and his
NFL future.

Shutdown Corner: First, could you talk about the
"Battleship" screening?</p>

Justin Tuck: Colonel Gadson is in the movie, and he's meant
so much to myself and to the New York Giants, it's just a good way to support
the people who are overseas, fighting for our freedoms.</p>

SC: ColonelGadson is the man who came to your facility
during the 2007 season and proved to be such an inspiration for you,

JT: Right. I first met him in 2007, just before that Super
Bowl, and coach Coughlin brought him in to do a motivational speech. One of our
coaches at the time knew Colonel Gadson pretty well, and he just wanted an
opportunity to tell his story to us. After that, he had such an impact, he
became like a member of our team. He would go on the road with us, three or four
games a year -- as many as he could make it to -- and he really had an impact on
our team. So, he's been around since 2007, I've known him since then, and we've
had the opportunity to watch him battle with the struggles he's had from serving
over there. You marvel at the fact that he never complains -- he's always
upbeat, and he's always lifting us up. That's amazing from a guy who doesn't
have any legs.</p>

SC: It kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't

JT: Oh, no question. You really can't allow yourself to
complain about anything, when you see a guy who could have easily given up on
life, but he's making the best of it.</p>

SC: Obviously, we're not talking about the same level of
risk in football, but there has been a lot of talk about player safety lately.
Where do you stand on the issue, and how well do you think the NFL is handling

JT: It's a serious issue, The game we play is a physical
sport, and we put our bodies on the line every time we go out on that that
field. But it's something ... we know the dangers that come with it, but the
dangers are a real issue, and I hope we'll find ways to minimize them. That goes
with a combination of the equipment we're using, to the rules changes by
Commissioner Goodell and his bunch. Just being more aware of player safety from
the players' standpoint, also.</p>

SC: Right. People say, "Well, you guys knew what you
signed up for when you decided to play this game," but that doesn't mean that
more shouldn't be done. Specifically, do you think there should be more of an
outreach for players after they're done with the game?</p>

JT: I think so, because there's one thing about players --
most players won't ask for help until it's too late. That's something that's
ingrained in us, and it's unfortunate. Ho

05-17-2012, 12:18 PM
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05-17-2012, 01:32 PM
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