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    GIANTS' ROOKIES MAKE A VISIT AND PUT EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE

    "The 16 members of the Giants rookie class are just over a month into their
    NFL careers and are laboring through the struggles of the transition to the
    sport's highest level. But a trip to Monroe Township to visit the Make-A-Wish
    Foundation of New Jersey's Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place put it
    all in perspective.


    Fifteen of the 16 rookies – tight end Adrien Robinson is still finishing
    classes at Cincinnati – in addition to Larry Donnell made the trip yesterday
    afternoon following their organized team activities in the morning where 20
    children who have suffered from life-threatening illnesses.




    "A lot of people go through practice and say it's hard, but these are the
    kids that are fighting cancer, trying to overcome diseases and we have nothing
    to compare to that so it just makes you really think, like we're not going
    through anything," linebacker Jake Muasau said.

    The Giants have a
    longstanding relationship with the foundation and five children on hand had
    wished granted by the team in the past. The players were introduced one-by-one,
    heard stories from a couple of the children in attendance and had an
    eat-and-greet with the children and families before they took a tour of the
    location, known as the castle.




    The Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place, which serves as the
    headquarters of the foundation's New Jersey chapter, was built behind
    philanthropic donations and completed in December.




    "It's awesome to be here because a lot of times we just get into a routine
    with lifting, practicing, meetings everyday, and it's just nice to get out, come
    here, see these kids and it puts all the work we do in perspective," running
    back Joe Martinek said. "It's amazing to see the smiles on the kids and all that
    work we do, all that stress we put ourselves through, it actually means
    something."




    Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey serves the entire
    state and has granted over 7,000 wishes. It granted more than 400 in 2011.




    * * *




    On the other end of the rookies' youthful exuberance lies their coach Tom
    Coughlin, who at age 66 signed
    a two-year contract extension yesterday through the 2014 season worth $20
    million.




    But while his age may indicate he's on his last legs, the rookies have sensed
    that isn't the case with Coughlin in their brief time with him.




    "I wouldn't know," defensive back Janzen Jackson said. "He's 66, but he seems
    like he's 26 to me, walking around out there excited and stuff."




    In just over a month, the rookies have come to understand what sets Coughlin
    apart and helped him win two Super Bowls over the last five seasons.




    "He treats you like man," safety Jojo Nicolas said. "He expects you to
    respond like a man and carry yourself in the proper manner. Everything is
    team-oriented and it's focused on the main goal of winning and not being
    selfish. It's always about the team."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: GIANTS' ROOKIES MAKE A VISIT AND PUT EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE

    I love Jojo's comment on how TC treats everyone on the team "like a man" from the stars down to the UDFAs.

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    • #3
      Re: GIANTS' ROOKIES MAKE A VISIT AND PUT EVERYTHING IN PERSPECTIVE

      great read

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