Two-time Super Bowl champ Tollefson retires

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.




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1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

 "Despite Anthony’s offensive woes, New York’s downfall ultimately stemmed from their effort (or lack there of) on the defensive end."


This pretty much sums up all the Knick losses. .....DEFENSE, a new concept.....

1harris1
1harris1

Defensive basketball with Hardaway wasn't emphasized by Woodson last season.  It was only about his offense.  Hardaway has to learn how to read the offensive schemes employed by these other teams (figuring out when to switch, deciding to go over or under screens set for the shooter, etc).  I'm sure it's a bit more complicated than just telling him to hang by Korver at all times.


Timmy is pretty athletic, and seems to have a grasp of things.  There's no reason why he can't be a capable NBA defender.


I thought the team would struggle early this season, adjusting to this new triangle system, and with a coach who has no NBA experience.  That's why I can't understand those who predict a victory total from this team in the high 40's (or even the crazy 50 plus win projections from some).  It's going to take them awhile to figure things out.  And let's be honest, this is a transition year of sorts anyway.




kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Leaving Korver wide open repeatedly is a sign of low basketball IQ. The fact that he gets tons of open looks, EVERY time we play the Hawks, is a sign that the Knicks basketball IQ has been very low for years. This year's Knicks seem very much the same.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

You know, Reese gets a ton of flak, especially on this site, but one thing you have to give him credit for is he knows when to cut guys loose.  I can't think of a guy under Reese's tenure that they let go that went on to make major contributions to another team.


Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, and to a lesser extent, Travis Beckum and Dave Tollefson were all players that some fans were clamoring to be re-signed, and none of them have made any sort of impact since they left.

rico
rico

@kenmetskni  I dunno, Jackson turned the team over except for Melo, Stat, Tim Jr JR Spliff and Shump.  Stat has been playing well, the others have all been inconsistent Melo, JR and Shump extremely inconsistent. 


Haradaway has been shooting well and we all know he needs to get his d together, but he's a 2nd year guy and a work in progress.  So it looks like the inconsistency of Melo, Shump and Jr, along with a weak front court is the carry-over from the last few years, why the team looks the same. 


After D Antoni, Woodson now Fisher we know it's not the coaching. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Bradshaw has 714 total yds & 8 total TDs thus far splitting time in Colts backfield this season. I'd certainly take that on the Giants right now. Not that he could put up those same stats in the Giants offense

1harris1
1harris1

@rico @1harris1  I'm not.  The writer of the post to which I was responding too did though. 


I'm actually defending Hardaway somewhat.  I don't know that they emphasized defense enough with him last season (just my impression).  There's no reason why with some proper guidance he can't be a good defensive player.