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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
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.
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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
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."GIANTS ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE FOR 2012 TRAINING CAMP
"A few years ago, in an attempt to give the players' bodies a bigger break
between training-camp sessions, Tom Coughlin moved the second practice of
two-a-days to an evening workout that was very popular with the fans.
But under the new collective bargaining agreement, there are no two-a-days
permitted. So the evening practices have gone the way of monster rookie
The Giants announced their schedule
for this summer's training camp, which will return to the University at Albany
after one season in East Rutherford last year because of the lockout. All
practices will begin at 1 p.m. and are open to the public.
The first practice of camp will be held on Friday, July 27; the last will be
on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
A look at the schedule
Thurs., July 26: Players Report
Fri., July 27: 1:00 p.m.
Sat., July 28: 1:00 p.m.
Sun., July 29: 1:00 p.m.
Mon. July 30: No Practice
Tues., July 31: 1:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 1: 1:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 2: 1:00 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 3: 1:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 4: 1:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 5: No Practice
Mon., Aug. 6: 1:00 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 7: 1:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 8: 1:00 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 9: No Practice
Fri., Aug. 10: at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 11: No Practice
Sun., Aug. 12: 1:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 13: 1:00 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 14: 1:00 p.m.
Wed., Aug. 15: No Practice – Break Camp"GIANTS EXTEND COUGHLIN'S CONTRACT THROUGH 2014
"It was only a matter of when, not if, Tom Coughlin's contract extension would
The answer: today.
The Giants have extended their head coach of eight seasons through the 2014
season. Financial terms of the new contract for the two-time Super Bowl winner
are not yet available.
“It has always been my belief that it is an honor and a privilege to be the
head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said in a
press release announcing the new deal. “I’m thankful to John Mara and Steve
Tisch and their families for their support and the recognition of what our
players and coaches have accomplished. And I’m grateful for the working
relationship Jerry Reese and I have. We’ve got a lot of work left to do.”
Coughlin, who turns 66 on Aug. 31 and hasn't publicly entertained thoughts of
retirement, was signed for this upcoming season, but the second Super Bowl
victory over the New England Patriots in four years ensured he'd receive an
extended deal. In 2008, the Giants gave him a four-year, $21-million deal.
It's believed Bill Belichick is now the highest-paid coach in the NFL at $7.5
million per season. Coughlin, once on the verge of being fired back in 2006, is
now being lauded as one of the best coaches in the league, so it's possible his
deal will be worth as much, if not more.
“I wanted Tom as our head coach going all the way back to the early ‘90s,”
Mara said, “so it was with great confidence that Ernie Accorsi and I recommended
to my father and Bob Tisch in 2004 that we hire Tom. Of course, my father didn’t
need to be convinced. He saw what we have all seen, a man who has a singular
focus and incredible dedication when it comes to his work. In so many ways, Tom
represents to me who and what the head coach of our franchise should be.”
Coughlin is 74-54 in the regular season during his tenure with the Giants.
His eight postseason victories are tied with Bill Parcells for most in franchise
"Tom is the right person in the right job at the right time,” Steve Tisch
said. “I just really appreciate how our players respond to his leadership, and
obviously our organization has benefitted tremendously because of the
relationship Tom has with his players.”
Said Reese, “Tom is a winner and he’s a fighter. And I enjoy and appreciate
working with him. From where I sit, I couldn’t ask for more in a head