Dave Tollefson, member of both recent Giants championship teams, has announced his retirement from football.
“All of our watches and our clocks in our house are five minutes fast, even my wife’s,” Tollefson said in a phone interview this week, in reference to Tom Coughlin’s always early edict.
Tollefson played with the Giants from 2007-2011, playing on both the Super Bowl XLII and XLVI championship teams. His head coach’s influence on his life didn’t end with just the rings and the clocks.
“I didn’t grow up with a dad, so I was lucky enough to have some men in my life that helped shaped me into the type of man that I am now,” Tollefson said. “To say that I was already grown up when coach Coughlin got ahold of me is not quite right. The relationship that he and I had meant a lot to me, because I felt he was always honest with you, which I really liked. I always felt like he was a father figure and I really took to heart how he felt about the way I played football and the type of person I was.”
The defensive end tallied 62 total tackles, 10.5 sacks and five forced fumbles over his career.