Justin Tuck, the Giants’ defensive captain, is a facing perhaps the final crossroads of his career. He is entering the last year of his five-year, $30 million contract and is coming off two seasons of subpar play and nagging injuries. This season could be his last as a Giant.
Tuck is not planning on going quietly. He is determined to make the Giants’ decision to retain him past this season an easy one. He has deviated from his usual offseason workouts, walked on hot coals and sought counsel from the renowned life coach Tony Robbins to help refocus his flagging career.
“I realize I haven’t played my best the last two years,” Tuck said as per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN NewYork. “Whether it be injuries or the circumstances surrounding this team. Who knows? I knew it was time for me to try something different….I’ve had people telling me to get my butt to Robbins for two to three years now. I finally said if I am going to be dedicated to my craft and to being the best that I can be, then this has to happen.”
This week at OTAs, Tuck appeared to be more confident in his role as a team leader. He reluctantly took over the reins as defensive captain after Michael Strahan retired in 2008 and is finally becoming entrenched in the position. He can’t let his personal and health issues affect his ability to lead.
When asked about the absence of WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks at this week’s OTAs, Tuck said he wasn’t the guy to answer that question. His lookout is strictly over the defensive players, but he offered his opinion anyway:
“No matter how much time they miss, if they come out on Sunday ballin’ all of this will be forgotten anyway. That’s all I ask of them. Make sure they’re ready to play when their time comes.”
Tuck realizes the business side of the game sometimes dictates actions, but also reiterated how important is was for players to make the effort to get their in.
“With the CBA and the ever-changing game of football, OTAs have become more important, he said. “You’re not allowed to as much as you used to, or have as much time as you used to, so these days that we have become more important. So, we got an opportunity to get back into the flow of things and got to use these wisely.”