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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (May 6, 2016)

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Defensive end Justin Tuck retired from the NFL on Friday as a New York Giant. The 33-year old Tuck was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Giants and played nine seasons (2005-2013) with the team. He played his final two seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2014-2015). Tuck finished unofficially in 10th place on the team’s all-time sack list with 60.5. He won two Super Bowl rings with the team during the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

The Giants prepared a video tribute for Tuck shown before his retirement press conference remarks.

The following is the transcript from his press conference ( video):

Opening Statement: I think all of you guys know that I don’t like writing speeches. I’ll go from the heart on this one. First of all, thank you. I think every time something like this happens the first thing the guy says is like, ‘I’m not going to cry.’ I won’t say that. I’m not going to cry, but you make it tough. Driving here today, me and Pat Hanlon were talking about dates for about a month now. Everybody on social media kept hitting me up about what’s taking so long? Why isn’t he retiring as a Giant? It’s funny. You all use the word ‘retirement,’ but I’ve been busier now than I have been when I was playing. I’m not going to use the word ‘retirement’. I’m going to say I’m transitioning, but what a hell of a place to transition from.

In 2005 I started my journey here. I don’t see coach Merritt back there, but he can tell you the story about… There he is. He can tell you the story about the first day of minicamp. I see my rookies out there and you all are going to go through it, too. First day of minicamp and everybody is smiling and happy to be there. You’re walking around and you’re seeing the great names in the locker room with LT (Lawrence Taylor) and you look over in the corner and you’ve got Michael Strahan and here’s this pup from Kellyton, Alabama and they gave me number 91. I’m sitting at my locker and I’m pissed. Coach Merritt looks at me and he’s like, ‘Did somebody die in your family? What’s wrong with you?’ What I told him and I’ve held that chip on my shoulder since that day and I told him there were 70 something odd people drafted before me that shouldn’t have been. I believed it. Until this day, I’ve used that as a crutch. I’ve used that as a chip.

Now I’m getting ahead of myself because a lot of times when you write stuff down and you have all of these little details about what you want to say, it sounds good. But right now I’m reminiscing about all of the times here – good, bad and ugly and indifferent that made this place special. God truly blessed me. We have a saying around here in football and it’s you outkicked your coverage. For all of you that know about Kellyton, Alabama, I hold that in my heart because that’s what made me who I am. Two hundred seventy-one people in Kellyton, Alabama. There’s almost more in this auditorium right now, right? Two hundred seventy-one people and to come from there and go to a school like Notre Dame, I outkicked my coverage. From there to getting drafted by the New York Giants, I outkicked my coverage. To marry this beautiful woman you see in front of me (wife Lauran) and to have these two little bigheaded boys (Jayce and Jonah), I outkicked my coverage. And now to retire a Giant, I’ve outkicked my coverage. I couldn’t script this day any better.

It’s typical of playing football in East Rutherford. It’s raining outside, it’s cold and it’s windy. I’ve had some good days in that type of weather. Today is more about, honestly, it’s more about you guys. It’s not about Justin Tuck. I’ll tell you why. Without the Mara family, there is no Justin Tuck. Rest his soul, Wellington Mara. He laid the foundation for this organization for what you see here today. Rumor has it I had the opportunity to be his last pick. Speaking about outkicking your coverage. There’s a reason why that guy’s name is on the football. The Duke.

To get to work with the Mara family, the Tisch family, Mr. Reese. The list goes on and on – from the equipment staff to the doctors and Ronnie Barnes and his crew, (Joseph) Skiba and his crew. There’s no Justin Tuck without all of these that I’ve mentioned. The Michael Strahans, the Eli Mannings, the Osi Umenyioras, the Jason Pierre-Pauls, the Zak DeOssies, that entire O-Line from ’07, which I think is the best o-line to ever play the game, in my opinion, because I got to face them every day. Kareem McKenzie. (Chris) Snee. David (Diehl). Rich (Seubert). (Shaun) O’Hara. Everybody asks what’s the hardest O-Line that you’ve faced. The guys I had to go against in practice. Why do you think the game was so easy? Why do you think that D-Line was so good all of those years? Because we had to go against those guys? What’s the record for Eli? Eli has got about 180 something games without missing a start because he had those monsters in front of him and I had to play against them every day.

I’m thankful guys. I’m thankful my agent Doug Hendrickson going to bat for me from day one to today. Rebecca Otto, Jen (?)… I’m thankful. I can go on and on and on about how special this place has been for me. I can go on and on about what people have done for me in my life to make the man that stands before you today. In this organization, we talk a lot about football and on the field stuff, but this organization has really laid the foundation and given me a platform to do so much of the stuff that we do off of the field. The Tuck’s Rush for Literacy platform. That doesn’t get off the ground without all of the communication with the community (relations) department, Mr. Mara himself being in the forefront. Coach Coughlin, oh my goodness. What could a guy ask for better than that?

I would be remiss if I didn’t say, ‘thank you, Oakland Raiders.’ Thank you Mark Davis and that complete staff out there. But it’s good to come home. It’s tremendously good to come home. Things haven’t changed in my life to the point where you won’t see me around. They say retire, but I’m not retiring. I normally wouldn’t talk about this here, but the reason why I don’t call this a retirement… one of the reasons why I don’t call it a retirement is because I’ve decided to take my talents to a city a little south of here down 95. Yes, I’m talking about Philadelphia. If you think for a moment that I’m talking about that green team, you should be ashamed of yourself. But what I’m talking about is I just got into Wharton and I’m going to get my MBA. Without the experience I’ve had here and without the people that I got to look at every day when I was in these halls and in this locker room and these conference rooms, I don’t even have a sense of any of that stuff that I could do.

When I got drafted here all I thought about was sacking quarterbacks and being a guy that they could look at and say he did it the right way. That’s the only legacy I ever cared about and to this day, that’s the only thing I ever care about. So to see what some of my former teammates said about me… I couldn’t care less about Super Bowl rings and I couldn’t care less about quarterback sacks or any of that stuff. When guys talk to you about your character and talk to you about friendship and they talk to you about the memories in the locker room or on the road trips – that’s what I’ll remember. To my dying day, that’s what I will remember.

I had the opportunity to do an interview a couple of days ago with Bob Papa and we had a conversation about looking at the championship banners and we made a friendly bet and then he said, ‘I bet you can’t name all of the players that played in Super Bowl 46 and 42.’ I one-upped him and I said, ‘Not only can I name them, I can name the colleges that they went to’ and I did. That just lets you know the bond is strong. For all of you guys that never strapped it up and got the opportunity to play with guys that started out as a teammate and become brothers, you might not understand what I am saying here today. You might not understand why I’m filled with gratitude and humbled at the same time that in a way it’s over, but it’s not. Just like JPP said, I’ll be on the sidelines. He still calls me to this day, along with Zak, Eli and Vic (Cruz). They still call me to this day in situations and ask me how would I do it. I’m like I didn’t have a magic key. I was making it up as I was going, too, but I had so many great people before me and I tell Eli the same thing. You have so many great people before you that walk these halls every day. I’m a guy that always looks at unsung heroes. You all remember him because he caught a football on the top of his head, but David Tyree has been a mentor to me in all of life, not just on the field. I remember when guys like Dave Tollefson, you couldn’t get that guy to say no to anything when it came to helping somebody else out. You always remember the greats, but I’ll always remember each and every last one of them for what they meant to this team, what they meant to this organization, what they meant to me personally.

Before I start crying, I’m going to hurry up and sit down because words don’t express how I feel about this organization. This is not Justin Tuck’s day. It’s not. I don’t want any of you guys writing that and to say that. This is just another day in the history of the New York Giants. Another day of the collective effort of everybody in this family taking a young pup from Nowhere, Alabama and making him into the man you see here today.

My mom and my dad couldn’t make it today. My mom doesn’t like flying. But if I was going to tell you guys anything that you can say something about my legacy is something that she told me a long time ago. She told me there will never be a time that you’ll regret if in the process you give 100 percent. I think I gave it 100 percent and that’s me looking in the mirror. I think I gave 100 percent, but I don’t have any regrets. I don’t.

I love you guys, man. To the media, I love you guys. I know a lot of times it didn’t sound like that and you might not have gotten that vibe, but you all gave me a huge platform as well to get my story out there. Pat Hanlon probably likes me saying that. Thank you. I can’t say that enough. Spags… After you told me backstage about it, I wasn’t going to say it, but Spags, I’m thankful. You gave me an opportunity to play every position on the defensive side of the ball except one. Every time I see him I remind him of it. That’s a trivia question for you. Everybody talks about the Super Bowl sacks, but did you know the only position Justin Tuck didn’t play on defense was safety? It was the only one and for good reason, because when he put me at cornerback I didn’t do it right.

Coach Coughlin, I know you’re not here today, but thank you. A lot of the young guys look at coaches and are saying no way they want them to be their best friend. Coach McAdoo, don’t be a player’s best friend. The one thing I learned from Coach Coughlin is this. I’m going to push you and I’m going to push you. I don’t care if you don’t like it. But the one thing that he demanded and he definitely got because he deserved it was the respect of his players. I’m not surprising anybody by saying this. We didn’t like Coach Coughlin, but you better not say anything bad about him. Not in my presence. That goes for all the rest of our coaches. And one of the reasons why I’ll never be a coach is because I see these guys when I came in at 5 a.m. and they were already in there. If I had an event and I had to drive past the stadium on Route 3 at 10 o’clock going home and you look to your left and you see the lights on, those coaches were still there. You wonder why we were so prepared. You always talk about talent. Talent has got nothing to do with it.

My rookies have left, but I wanted to say this and I hope they see this when I say this. Those guys that are drafted to the New York Giants, all that means is that you have an opportunity. Nothing is going to be given to you. Nothing. Me and Jerry Reese don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, but he doesn’t even know that he helped me out a lot. I’ll tell you why and this is why nothing is given to you. When I came in here, I had a Hall of Famer in front of me. I had a young stud in front of me. The next year they drafted a first round pick. The next year they drafted a first round pick. Nothing is ever given to you. You can be the strongest and the meanest and the best ever, but you always have got to come in here and you’ve got to fight. That’s for my rookies, and I hope they see that. I always come in here and fight. I’m tired of what I’ve seen from the New York Giants the last three years and I was a part of it because maybe I faltered in my way of being a better leader and allowed some things to go on that didn’t necessarily have to go on. I say this and I’m going to sit down.  I am super excited about what’s next. I’m super excited of what I see from this young group of guys.

I normally don’t give shout-outs to rookies, but I’m going to give one because he might be smarter than the education normally lends him to be from Ohio State. About a couple of days ago, the other Eli (Apple) called me. It was funny because I look at the number and I’m wondering who is this. He starts talking about he wants to learn how to be successful in New York. Eli, you might be onto something.

I will do everything in my power to always be the character that Mr. Mara can be proud of, that Jerry Reese and Steve Tisch and all of those guys can be proud of. As I step off this podium today, I’m not leaving. I’m just exiting. If you ever need me, and I’m talking to everybody in here and I always say this, but I always mean it – if you ever need me, my number, my e-mail hasn’t changed and it won’t. God bless you guys and God keep you. Go Giants.

Q: Not many players go to get their MBA after they retire. You could have probably gone on to do a lot of things without that. What do you hope to do with it?

A: I think for me personally, I knew I wanted to — and everything I do I want to be prepared, I want to be really prepared and a lot of things that I have come in contact with this being in New York in the finance space, I guess, points me to that direction of getting my MBA and if I am going to get it, I am going to go and try to do it at the best university there is and I don’t know if you checked, but Wharton is number one, so that is why. That almost gives me another chance to take a shot at Boston College, Mr. Mara, but I am not going to do it. I am not going to do it. I might.

Q: Justin, the end of your speech there was a very captain-like address to the future players of this team. Was that important to you to sort of give them a message going forward?

A: You should hear what I tell them in person. Strahan told me something when he was getting ready to depart. He said, ‘The only reason why I feel confident in leaving is because I know I am leaving (this) in good hands.’ I want to have the same sentiment going forward and I think Jason Pierre-Paul is going to shock a lot of people this year and that is not because of anything that you have seen but just in the conversations I have had with him and I am challenging him and he is not the only one. I am challenging Vic (Cruz), I am challenging these guys that I know have that ability to step up and kind of be the missing piece that maybe the Giants are missing.

Q: You have been passionate for your Rush for Literacy program. Was there a specific reason you chose literacy.

A: The United States is 26th in education. Me and my wife are very passionate about kids and education and we knew that was something that we could not only get behind and write a check to but go visit schools and have conversations with parents and teachers about. What is the missing link? How can we make this better? We knew education was super important to us. You know, unlike going to Boston College, we went to Notre Dame, so we actually got one and we have seen the benefits of it, so yeah. I am so glad I am going to get the last say (today).  (BC Alum) Mr. Mara isn’t speaking out against me, right? Okay, good.

Q: Did you have one single favorite memory on this team?

A: I think a lot of times when people ask that type of question, the recipient of the question literally tries to pick out one play or moment and it is impossible, it really is. I can sit here and name 60 plays or 60 moments that have, probably, equal amount of influence on me as a person, so I won’t even try to name one. I will answer your question by saying the year we won Super Bowl 46 will be as memorable as anything ever just because of personal ups and downs, team ups and downs. I lost a grandfather and three uncles in that season and was battling with injuries throughout the year and somehow God smiled down on us and we all righted the ship at the right time and we won another improbable Super Bowl, so that season. I stay awake a lot thinking about that season and remembering small pockets of moments that other people might not remember but that affected us for the good that year, so I hope that justifies a correct answer to your question.

Q: You had an opportunity to go elsewhere, a little taste of another organization. In retrospect, what was it about here that was sort of special to you?

A: Well, I mean I think why I will remember the Giants as being special is because there is really not another place that has the combination of being in New York City, having the fan base that we have, getting the opportunity to work with the football minds that I got the opportunity to work with from top to bottom and it is a classy organization. ‘Classy’ gets thrown around a little bit too much but it is a classy organization, they do it right from top to bottom and I can’t be prouder or more excited to represent an organization like that and you know, my time in Oakland was great as well, but it is nothing like home. You can’t compare it. I love New York City, I love New Jersey, I love the surrounding areas but for me, there is no place like Kellyton, Alabama. That will always be home and in my football sense, this will always be home.

Q: Justin, will it be a test of your sense of humor going down to get your MBA in Philadelphia, with all those green jerseys around?

A: Well, you have to understand something. I married my wife eight years ago and we dated about five years before that, so it has been about 13, 14 years. Her mother’s father started the, am I saying this right, he started the Eagles booster club, so as you can imagine, I have had a lot of practice. I have had about 14 years of practicing and to my credit, the last eight years there haven’t been too many Eagles jerseys floating around that house, so you can thank me for that, Mr. Mara. We have a few more Giants fans down that way, but it is going to be interesting. For me, they don’t want to get into that conversation with me for two reasons. I will use two just as a starting point just because obviously there are a lot more than just two. I don’t wear them, but you get the gist. It is something that they don’t have, so if you want to get in a conversation about Giants vs. Eagles, or Cowboys or Redskins, for that matter either, I think I can win that argument.

Q: Do you like the idea that you are transitioning as a young group is starting here and did they ask you to take five minutes today to talk to them as a group?

A: I think Coach McAdoo is very respectful for my time at this moment and he has hinted to being a little involved going forward, when the whole group is here. It is ironic that I know a few of the young guys that came in, so I have already had a few run in’s and conversations with them. Like I said, obviously school will take up a few moments of my time and few is an understatement, but I am around. I mean it when I say it, if they need me in any capacity, I am pretty much willing to help out.

Q: What was your conversation with Eli Apple like?

A: I’ll tell you one snippet and I’ll leave it at that. I told him just to focus on football. That is very generic about that conversation, but just to focus on football. Being in New York can be overwhelming, especially for a guy that is named Eli, for one but just to focus on his craft and he will be just fine. This place embraces a winner, so just go out and win.

Q: If these rookies are talking tonight and they say, what do you think Justin Tuck’s legacy will be? What would your answer be?

A: That is not for me to answer. I know what I want it to be and I mentioned it. The only legacy that I care about is people, years from now, saying that he did it the right way. I never really cared about stats or anything of that nature. I think that the legacy of a lot of the guys here is cemented in the fact that we won two Super Bowls and that is the first thing that people are going to say, but we got some great guys in that locker room, on and off the field, and that is the only thing I can ask for. It is more important for me to see a kid smiling because he got an A on his report card than it is for me to do any of the other stuff, so I hope that is something that they will say.

Q: You mentioned that the 2011 season was a memorable one. Considering everything you went through, did you maybe need more lifting from your teammates than at other times in your career?

A: I am super proud of what my teammates gave me when I was here and for me to be the captain of this football team was pretty easy, to be honest with you. We really didn’t have guys that required me getting phone calls at 12 or 2 o’clock in the morning, anything like that. We had some clowns, and I think every football team does and I think that added to the character of the guys in that locker room. I think what I needed was what I got and that was a real heart to heart with Coach Coughlin midway through the season, to stop feeling sorry for yourself because there was some heartache that had happened. I needed that tough love and it helped and I think that helped me elevate my play. I think that is what the team needed. They needed me to elevate my play, not the other way around.

Q: Justin, before the Giants play the Cowboys twice this year, can I call you up and you can tell me you hate them?

A: You can run that story for years and years to come. That will not change. That will not change. That is a good one. I like that one.

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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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The New York Giants still have not officially announced their coaching staff other than Head Coach Ben McAdoo. The team will not officially confirm the staff’s make-up until the entire staff is complete. reports that the final holdup is filling the “defensive assistant” position that was held by Rob Leonard for the past three seasons. says Leonard may be promoted to a new assistant defensive line coach position.

Though not officially announced, the make-up of the new coaching staff is believe to be as follows:

  • Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan (with team 2004-11, 2015)
  • Quarterbacks Coach: Frank Cignetti, Jr. (new)
  • Running Backs Coach: Craig Johnson (with team since 2014)
  • Wide Receivers Coach: Adam Henry (new)
  • Tight Ends Coach: Kevin M. Gilbride (with team since 2010)
  • Offensive Line Coach: Mike Solari (new)
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Lunda Wells (with team since 2012)
  • Offensive Assistant: Ryan Roeder (with team since 2013)
  • Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (with team 2007-2008, 2015)
  • Defensive Line Coach Patrick Graham (new)
  • Assistant Defensive Line Coach – Possibly Rob Leonard (with team since 2013)
  • Linebackers Coach Bill McGovern (new)
  • Cornerbacks Coach Tim Walton (with team since 2015)
  • Safeties Coach David Merritt (with team since 2004)
  • Defensive Assistant – To be determined.
  • Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (with team since 2006)
  • Assistant Special Teams Coach Dwayne Stukes (new)
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Aaron Wellman (new)
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul (with team since 2007)
  • Performance Manager/Strength and Conditioning Assistant Joe Danos (with team since 2013)

The resumes for these coaches are available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

Former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who played for the Giants for nine years (2005-2013) and who recently retired from the NFL after two years with the Oakland Raiders, said he intends to retire as a New York Giant. Tuck said he plans to sign a ceremonial one-day contract once NFL rules and the NFL calendar allow for it.

Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at

  • RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 15, 2015)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is 35-years old and healthy. He hopes he can play at a high level for at least another five years.

“I feel great,” Manning said. “I’m very healthy, have been very fortunate there. I feel like I have my best football ahead of me and can play at an extremely high level. For the last two or three years I’ve said I have five more years in me. I still feel like I have five more years in me, so I’ll just keep saying that until I don’t have any more.”

Manning also reflected on the disappointing 2015 season. “It’s simple, you got to play better football,” Manning said. “I think we did some things better last year than we did the previous. Obviously, the record didn’t really show that. I think we were competitive in more games, and had a lot more opportunities to win games than the year before. We have to find ways to win those tight games, to win those close ones. That’s just a team, getting guys with great leadership, and great enthusiasm, and knowing what it takes to win those close ones, and having the confidence to go out there and make it happen.”

Denver Broncos defensive end/tackle Malik Jackson, who is currently scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in early March, was asked is he would consider playing for the Giants if they pursued him free agency.

“It’d be cool,’’ said the 26-year old Jackson. “Great market, great fans. If I did have an opportunity to go there, it would be cool to reunite with my boy Robert Ayers. I know Devon Kennard’s out there, too. If that was the case, it’d be dope. Hopefully me and the Broncos work something out, but if not, there’s definitely a chance that I’ll be looking for a new home. It’s a business, you got to do what you got to do.”

Jackson started 16 regular-season games for the Broncos in 2015, accruing 45 tackles, 5 sacks, and 7 pass defenses.


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The New York Post is reporting that New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley is not likely to be charged with allegedly raping a woman last Saturday in a hotel room and striking her with his car in the hotel parking lot afterwards. The paper says Bromley believed he was on a date, and during sex, the woman asked for $2,000. “She turned out to be like a prostitute, and that’s not what he agreed upon,” an unidentified source told The Post. After Bromley left the room, the woman followed him. The Post reports that surveillance video shows her “badgering” him as he tried to get away from her and then jumping on the hood of his car. Both The Post and The New York Daily News have reported that the woman has a history of shaking down celebrities for money. “Her credibility is seriously being questioned,” a source told The Daily News.


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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (February 7, 2012)

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Defensive end Justin Tuck announced his retirement from the NFL today. The 32-year old Tuck played 11 seasons in the NFL, nine with the New York Giants and the last two with the Oakland Raiders. Tuck missed most of the 2015 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Tuck was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

“If Coach (Tom) Coughlin would’ve come back another year, I probably would’ve (considered) coming back (to the New York Giants),” Tuck told FOXSports. “I didn’t even venture down that road. I think I would’ve given a lot of consideration to it.”

Tuck announced his retirement via his Facebook page.

“After months of praying and careful consideration, I have decided to retire from the game of football. I’ve had 11 great years and honestly I leave with very few regrets.

“I’m thankful to my family and close friends for their unwavering support. My beautiful wife and kids have dedicated their lives to being my closest support system and I’m eternally grateful.

“I want to thank the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders for giving me a place I could call home all of these years. The Mara, Tisch, and Davis families, I’m forever in your debt. To my coaches: thanks for having me ready at every stage – the Super Bowls, Pro Bowls, you name it – thank you for teaching me about professionalism, preparation, and the pursuit of perfection. To my teammates: thank you for always going to battle with me each and every gameday, but more importantly, thanks for being my brothers for life.

“And lastly, the FANS. What an incredible environment you’ve created for me over the years to call a workplace. You all have been so supportive of me and my family, and without you I would have no game to play. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“This isn’t a good-bye, my family and I will continue our charitable work with Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy and we look forward to continuing to give back to communities that have given so much to us. God Bless.”

Tuck was drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft. In his nine years with the Giants, Tuck played in 127 regular-season games with 90 starts, accruing 453 tackles, 60.5 sacks, two interceptions, and 20 forced fumbles. He was a key component of the Giants 2007 and 2011 NFL Championship teams. Tuck was also one of the deciding factors in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, accruing two sacks in both games. Tuck is the only player in NFL history with multiple sacks in multiple Super Bowls. He is also second in career Super Bowl sacks with four. Tuck was a two-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2010) and was named first-team All-Pro in 2008 and second-team All-Pro in 2010.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS NFL analyst Bill Cowher said the New York Giants did not contact him about the team’s head coaching vacancy. Cowher has long been rumored to have been interested in coaching for the Giants. He has not closed the door on returning to coaching.

“It’s all good,” said Cowher. “I’m flattered. I think the coach they got is going to do a great job. It’s a great organization, good quarterback. I wish them all the luck. Seriously.”

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Jason Pierre-Paul (90), Justin Tuck (91), New York Giants (January 22, 2012)

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Justin Tuck Comments on Jason Pierre-Paul: There has not been much word on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul since the immediate aftermath of the July 4th fireworks accident that severely injured his right hand and arm. There is still no concrete information on the true extent of Pierre-Paul’s injuries which are believed to include a right index finger amputation (including knuckle), fractured right thumb (requiring pins), skin grafts to his lower right arm, and possibly additional finger and hand fractures. It is believed that Pierre-Paul has still not allowed Giants officials to meet with or examine him.

Former Giants teammate defensive end Justin Tuck, who is currently with the Oakland Raiders, told the press on Monday that he has been in regular contact with Pierre-Paul since the injury.

“I’ve been in constant conversation with JPP,” said Tuck. “He is (in good spirits). He’ll be the first one to tell you he made a mistake. He’s fine. He’s going to have a great year.”

“I think he will be (the same player),” said Tuck. “Once he gets used to playing again, you can’t deny his athletic ability. He’s a terror to block. Hopefully everything else gets healthy around him and if that is the case, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be the JPP of the second half of the season like he was last year.”

Tuck did not seem overly concerned about the loss of Pierre-Paul’s right index finger on his overall game. “Honestly, the (three-point) stance is the only thing I think would be new (to him),” Tuck said. “JPP’s got huge hands. So I think he’ll make up for it.” Q&A with WR Corey Washington: The video of a interview with wide receiver Corey Washington is available at

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The father of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Archie Manning, told the press on Thursday that he believes his son would retire before playing for another professional football team. One of Archie’s other sons, Peyton Manning, plays for the Denver Broncos after a long career with the Indianapolis Colts.

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“Peyton’s enjoyed his three years with the Broncos but he always envisioned himself playing for one team. So I’m glad when he did have to change, he made a good choice,” said Archie Manning. “But Eli, I think if the Giants traded Eli, he would retire. He loves his team. He loves the New York Giants…Eli wants to (finish his career with the Giants). I hope he can. Eli doesn’t worry about it too much. That is kind of the Giants decision.”

The Giants traded for Manning in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The 34-year old Manning has played 11 seasons and won two Super Bowl MVP’s with the team. He is entering the final year of his current contract. Manning is scheduled to count $19.75 million against the 2015 salary cap unless the Giants extend his contract.

Statistically-speaking, Manning had one of his best seasons in 2014. Manning finished the year with 4,410 yards (second-highest total in his career and in franchise history), 30 touchdowns (one shy of his career-high in 2011), and 14 interceptions (13 fewer than he threw in 2013). Manning’s completion percentage (63.1) was a career-high. His passer rating of 92.1 was the second-highest of highest of his career (93.1 in 2009).

And Manning did all of this with a new offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and West Coast Offense-based system.

“I thought going to the West Coast was great for Eli at this point of his career. Really great,” Archie Manning said. “But I didn’t know it was going to involve mechanics and footwork and all that stuff. It was a transition, but he made it and he got more comfortable. Maybe he got comfortable when Odell (Beckham Jr.) started playing.”

(Giants fans are discussing this topic in The Corner Forum).

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Mar 262014
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Tom Coughlin at the NFL Owners Meeting: New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin addressed the media at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday morning. Some tidbits from Coughlin:

  • On installing the offense under new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: “We’re moving. We’re better than halfway through the completion of where we want it to be. I’ll say this and the word goes forth to our players. It’s obvious. This is a whole new undertaking from an offensive standpoint because you will have some of the old and a tremendous amount of the new. I think it’s stimulating. I think it’s good for everybody. Hopefully it’s going to provide a little fire for everybody. I know it will for Eli (Manning). I know he’ll be excited about this…In the beginning, there is a lot to learn. There is a lot of be able to comprehend. I don’t care how you do it. It’s apples and oranges. It’s Chinese vs. another language. But you have to get to where you’re communicating with each other. In order to do that, he’s really going to have to focus. Now, with his intelligence, it’s not going to be real difficult.”
  • On offensive goals: “Offensively we have to get back to Giants football. When I say that, I mean (Geoff) Schwartz and (John) Jerry, big human beings in the NFC East. We weren’t very big up front last year. It’s further to run around those big guys. We’re going to have balance…Everyone wants to know what the difference is going to be? Whatever we do is going to be designed around our personnel. I mean, we have the Encyclopedia Brittanica between the systems that you are familiar with and the system that you are soon going to be familiar with. You can put your finger on anything you want.”
  • On QB Ryan Nassib: “I think he’s going to be a good player. This is going to be an important year for him and for the Giants.”
  • On RB Rashad Jennings: “He’s a great athlete and in tremendous shape. He’s a solid 230 (pounds). The more you look, the better you like. I think he’s a good football player who will be a very solid, solid, impactful guy in our offense.”
  • On RB David Wilson, who is recovering from career-threatening neck surgery:  “I’m planning that he’s there. Until they tell me differently, he’s there. Now, to what extent is he there? Does his presence mean that you have to have another number going into camp at that spot? All of those things are possible…He’s making outstanding progress. Whenever I see him I tell David, ‘Slow down now, stay with whatever they are telling you that you can or can’t do.’ He’s been working on his legs for a month or more…Let’s get him back, let’s see. I wouldn’t rush him into anything.”
  • On Rueben Randle: “Rueben has to continue to develop, be a better pro…We have very high expectations for him. He’s got to continue to be a better pro and show consistency.”
  • On WR Mario Manningham:  “Mario is really excited to be a Giant again. He can hardly contain himself. He’s physically and mentally matured.”
  • On the tight end position: “Right now, it’s a question mark.”
  • On OT John Jerry, who was implicated in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal: “I think he was authentic in terms of his presentation and (General Manager) Jerry (Reese) really did believe everything that he said. The investigation took place, calls were made to the league office…There was remorse, sincere remorse, and we still feel very strongly about our locker room and the players that are there for us. I don’t see anything of that nature happening with us…There is no suspension in the air or anything of that nature.”
  • On CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: “We have a young man who really wants to be coached. We studied and we saw some areas that we can really help him in and we were very specific about how that would happen and he was very receptive to it. Our coaches worked their tails off on him, spent a lot of time. A lot of time…It seemed as if he was going to continue to visit (teams) until he found what he wanted. When he came to see us, we knew we would have our chance…He was looking for a place to sink his roots and become a guy who represented a team and stayed there and worked his way through things and wanted to be a part of something other than a one-year-here, one-year-there kind of thing. He responded to that. He jumped on that. He wanted to be a guy who is associated with a team.”
  • On DE Justin Tuck, who signed with the Oakland Raiders: “We’re going to miss Justin Tuck, period. The body of work last year was very solid. He’s an outstanding young man…Justin has had two outstanding Super Bowls and playoff runs and played very, very well even as a young man playing with Osi (Umenyiora) and (Michael) Strahan, what he learned and how he performed, so, there’s no doubt…You always hold out hope that nobody goes, you don’t want to see anybody leave. But it’s part of our game. When Justin, as an outstanding defensive end who had numbers to back it up in terms of the way he played, I’m not surprised by it…It was always realistic (to keep him). It was realistic for sure, but it didn’t work. There are 31 other teams. The Raiders have a tremendous amount of money to spend.”’
  • On WR Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts: “I don’t know if it went awry. The entire process of production continued to be not what it was a couple of years ago…I want everybody to know we wish Hakeem nothing but success, to return to the player that we really do believe and know that he is with consistency. Maybe this is something that had to take place for Hakeem. Maybe he will deal with exactly where he is and once again return to the quality of player that he is. I wish him nothing but the best.”
  • On continuing to coach: “What else am I going to do?..I feel good, I’m healthy, (my wife) Judy is really good towards it, the family is positive and supporting. As long as I feel good, productive, energetic, and of course the players respond, I’d like to think I can keep going…I’d like to think that the seasons are all good and at some point in time the decision (when to retire) becomes mine and not somebody else’s. It’s not the paramount thought. Being the best we can be is what I’m all about … I want to coach and I want to get it right and I want to see us start to play like I think we’re capable of.”

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Eli Manning and Steve Tisch, New York Giants (October 21, 2013)

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Steve Tisch Comments on the State of the New York Giants: New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch spoke to media on Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Florida. Some tidbits from Tisch:

  • On the team’s approach to the offseason: “When something is a little broken, you have an opportunity to fix it. Everybody at the top levels of ownership, coaching staff and our GM realized we have to go for it. This is an opportunity. Let’s take advantage of it and refocus. Do some restructuring, make changes, some of the changes aren’t always going to be popular, but I think we have created a tremendous sense of excitement and anticipating what this team will be and how well they will perform this season.”
  • On free agency: “I think the way Jerry Reese has performed during free agency is he’s always looking for value. I think he has a great eye for matching free agents, their talent, and the needs of the New York Giants. I think this season has been an unusually strong example of that because of the amount of players we’ve brought in at this point.”
  • On Head Coach Tom Coughlin: “(With) a lot of new faces and a lot of new players and a new locker room, I think Tom Coughlin is the guy to get some rookies and some of our new players to really understand how the New York Giants perform as a team, how he wants his locker room to operate, and I think he is the best guy to accept this challenge.”
  • On what still needs to be done: “With the draft coming up in May, it’s going to be the next wave of how to build the Giants to become even stronger this season and going forward.”
  • On the departure of so many important players from the Super Bowl teams: “It’s the nature of the business. It’s the way business is run and things change, you have to move on, you can’t look back, you have to look forward. I think this is the season we’re certainly doing that.”
  • On DE Justin Tuck, who signed with the Oakland Raiders: “It’s not goodbye, I think, and this is me, I think it’s see you soon. You can’t separate New York from Justin Tuck and I don’t think Justin Tuck will separate Justin Tuck from New York…He will definitely come back to the New York-New Jersey area and I think continue to be involved in football. He’s a great guy. His contributions on and off the field are wonderful. The memories he has of his years at the Giants and that John Mara and I have and all the fans have, all the coaches have, are of an exceptional, exceptional player and human being.”

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