Former New York Giant Tuck Will Always be a Great

Former defensive end for the New York Giants Justin Tuck was a robust player whose might and doughty plays made him a powerhouse for the team!  Tuck was not only an indomitable force on the field, but also made waves off the field!

When you think of a great leader, the first thing that should come to your mind is Tuck!  Whenever players may have been losing morale, Tuck was there to boost it!  Win, lose or tie, Tuck never let his valiance wane!

Tuck was truly a forced to be reckoned with when it came to the game of football, but off the field he was a gentle GIANT!  When the New York Giants announced he would no longer be with the team, in a classy move, Tuck took out a full page ad in the local New York newspaper thanking the New York Giants team, the organization and the fans!

Tuck never forgets his teammates and supports them through and through!  For instance, each year former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin holds a gala honoring cancer patients and Tuck is there each and every single year!

Through his organization, Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for literacy, Tuck and his wonderful wife Lauran, have helped bring awareness to the reading by stressing the importance of literacy for all!

Tuck and Lauran have created a beautiful family!  They are amazing role models and inspiration to their sons Jayce and Jonah!  They show them what it is like to be classy, kind, giving people.  When it comes to being amazing parents, they give it their all!

Tuck gave the New York Giants two Super Bowls and countless plays, but in essence he gave us so much more than that!  Tuck is the epitome of grace and an embodiment of what it means to be a hero!  Tuck gave New York Giants fans nothing but class, which is why we will always have the utmost love and respect for him!

New York Yankees: Aaron Hicks doesn’t want Tommy John surgery

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

Aaron Hicks had a crazy season this year with the New York Yankees. After having a pretty good start to the season, he went down in August with an elbow injury and was expected to undergo Tommy John surgery. He was taken off the roster and it seemed like he was done for the season.

Hicks thought differently.

Watching his team demolish the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, he began throwing and wanted to play again. He worked his way back onto the roster and was in the lineup for some of the games in the ALCS.

Manager Aaron Boone made it clear to Hicks following Game 6 that he noticed and appreciated Hicks’ brave return to the playoffs.

Now that the New York Yankees’ season is done, Hicks could now receive the surgery he needs. But he doesn’t think he needs it.

“Right now, it feels all right,” said Hicks following Game 6 of the ALCS. “For me right now, I don’t see myself having Tommy John. I was throwing the ball around pretty well. So I don’t think so.”

It’s possible that Hicks is one of those select few that could just heal with time and not with surgery. Masahiro Tanaka had a similar issue with his elbow in 2014 and healed with rehab rather than surgery.

If Hicks were to undergo Tommy John surgery, he would most likely miss the beginning of next season. Fans remember when shortstop Didi Gregorius got the surgery following the 2018 ALDS and missed the first two months of the 2019 season.

 

New York Knicks: RJ Barrett Is The Real Deal

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

As the New York Knicks finished preseason basketball one thing stood out clearly. It’s how well RJ Barrett played for long stretches and how physically imposing he is for a 19-year-old rookie. RJ Barrett scored 19-points on 9-12 shooting along with 6-rebounds, 3-assists, one three-pointer, and a block in 36 minutes against the New Orleans Pelicans. RJ Barrett looks legit.

Plenty of scouting reports were either wrong about Barrett’s potential weaknesses or Barrett has improved upon the alleged weaknesses all summer in preparation for his first season as a Knick. His ability to see the floor and find teammates looked phenomenal this preseason. Barrett had a reputation of getting tunnel vision at Duke, however, he showed excellent passing skills and awareness on the offensive end. Defensively, Barrett seemed to be at the right spots as well.

RJ Barrett doesn’t look like he’s a rookie at all and that’s pretty scary. The upside he possesses at 19 years old along with his physique allowing him to play long stretches without being handled with “kid gloves” is tremendous. Fizdale stated how difficult it is to take the Maple Mamba off the court due to his ability to do different things on both sides of the ball to help the team potentially win.

The third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft has proven he’s no laughing stock and he possesses a “takeover” mentality which is needed, especially when playing for the storied franchise, the New York Knicks. Barrett is now a crucial part of the Knicks’ future. This past preseason may not even have displayed Barrett’s best play due to the fact newly acquired Knick players are still getting acclimated with each other. Therefore, don’t be surprised if Barrett improves even more throughout the regular season as he continues getting comfortable with his teammates and coaching staff.

Former Giant Beason Great as Analyst for ACC Network

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Former New York Giant great Jon Beason has found a new home with college football.  Beason, a former University of Miami Hurricane, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2007 draft and ultimately played for three seasons with the New York Giants.

Beason was quite the athlete during his high school years playing linebacker, safety, and fullback for Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory School’s football team and also being a member of both the school’s track and basketball team.

Beason was a star at the University of Miami as well and took his talents to the NFL where he shined!  Beason was indomitable as a linebacker and invisible.  His unyielding pertinacious plays gave momentum to the team and the fans.  Beason was the definition of unconquerable and his unwavering invincibility made him not only one of the greatest New York Giants, but one of the greatest to ever play that position!

Now three years into retirement, Beason has found a new passion!  Beason is currently an analyst for the ACC Network, affiliated with ESPN.  Here, Beason provides commentary and analysis of the college matchups.  He does so with such wisdom.  Beason provides his insight and acumen with a sense of such prudence and sagacity!

Beason never forgets his roots and is always willing to help others!  Beason donated $250,000 to his alma mater the University of Miami and is always going back there and supporting the student athletes-arming them with knowledge and skills needed for a successful career on and off the field!  He also frequently participates in tailgate parties with fellow U alumni.  Beason also supports former teammates as when New York Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle retired, he posted a lengthy, heartfelt message honoring him and wishing him the best on all of his future endeavors!

Despite being out of football, Beason still trains and works hard to maintain his physique, putting the work in and always staying committed!

Beason may no longer be playing football, but he is still a powerful contributor to the game!  Beason has always been and continues to be an embodiment of class and kindness!  Beason will forever go down as not only one of the most talented players, but one of the nicest players!

New York Yankees: Don’t blame Aaron Boone for unsuccessful season

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

The New York Yankees had their season, unfortunately, come to an end with a 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros in game six of the ALCS. A lot of heat was placed on manager Aaron Boone that he “mismanaged” the team and the losses are on him.

I’ll give the haters this: Brett Gardner had no business being the three-hitter and Adam Ottovino shouldn’t have been brought in a few situations. Besides that, Boone did a fine job.

Here’s the truth: the Yankees’ offense didn’t perform. That’s what killed the season. It’s unfortunate but true. You can’t blame the manager for that.

Fans are taking their frustrations out on Boone when really all he does is make the lineups. There’s an argument for lineup decisions, but at the end of the day, it’s the players who didn’t perform.

Boone has won 203 games with the Yankees in his first two seasons managing. He has a .627 win-loss percent. With all the injuries this season, it’s incredible how successful the team was during the regular season. He’ll most likely win the manager of the year award and rightly so.

Fans have to remember that the Yankees had no business being a 100+ win team this year. Several of their key players during the season weren’t even on the starting lineup for the opening game of the season. Boone knew which guys to pull up from the minor leagues and which guys could compete at the major league level. This gets overlooked and was huge by him this season.

Take a moment and reflect on how many decisions by Boone impacted the team in a successful way. It’s much more than the times he made bad decisions.

Former New York Giant Jameel McClain a True Class Act

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Former New York Giant Jameel McClain was a pure powerhouse and could not be stopped!  He gave the New York Giants momentum and was the definition of a team player.

Now, Jameel McClain is still making an impact-this time off the field!  The former NFL linebacker created the 53 Families Foundation and with this charity organization, he has done extensive philanthropy work.  Through his wonderful foundation, McClain has been a beacon of life for those less fortunate.  During the summer months, McClain holds a football and fitness camp to teach kids the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.  Come Thanksgiving, McClain caters a meal, gives gifts and provides entertainment for needy families.   McClain hosts a back to school drive where supplies and other essentials are donated to help set kids up for a successful school year.  When the holiday season rolls around, McClain a holiday gift drive so those who may not have a lot can still have a cheery holiday season!

McClain is a true hero in every sense of the word.  He is a pillar in the community and provides hope to those who need it most.  McClain is always gleaming and it is contagious as all of those he interacts with leave with a smile on their face.

There is no stopping McClain from leaving his mark on the community.  Along with his wonderful wife, Keisha, (who is a realtor and also owns a beauty spa that caters to women offering nails, esthetics, lashes and other treatments), McClain owns a Retro Fitness Center in Clintonville, providing a place for the community to better themselves and improve their lives.

McClain is also Director of Player Engagement with the Baltimore Ravens and supports players in their endeavors.

There are not enough good things to say about McClain.  McClain is the true definition of a class act and the epitome of kindness.  McClain is the nicest, most down-to-earth person you will ever find and his compassion and generosity is truly admirable.  He is a role model and an inspiration to us all.

New York Giants: Garrett Dickerson On the Cusp of Greatness

NEW YORK GIANTSGarrett Dickerson may not be a household name, but that will soon change.

Dickerson, a native of New Jersey was a star at Bergen Catholic High School setting records and earning accolades that extended off the field.

After getting offers from Stanford, Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, and Michigan State Dickerson ultimately committed to Northwestern University.  He showed off his versatility playing both tight ends and serving as a back for Northwestern’s Wildcats football team.   Dickerson’s brother Cameron was also a stand out at Northwestern and had quite a collegiate career.

Dickerson is a hard-working individual who is nothing short of talented and skilled.  Each and every opportunity he is given, he goes out there and not only makes plays but is a backbone for the team as a whole.

Perhaps what is truly admirable about Dickerson is his heart.  He is one of the nicest guys you will ever find.  Dickerson is the epitome of class and strength and is always giving back to the community.  This summer, Dickerson held a free football camp in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey for boys and girls ages 8-14 to teach them the skills they need for football.

Since this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the NFL started an initiative called Crucial Catch to bring awareness to this disease.  Dickerson participated in an event with the American Cancer Society serving dinner and spending time with those afflicted with cancer.  At the event, he always had a smile on his face and served as a beacon of hope, brightening up the day of those he met with.  Dickerson also became an ambassador for the American Cancer Society to serve as a participant in finding the cure and stomping out this disease once and for all.

Dickerson is extremely accomplished and ingenious when it comes to the game of football.  He is an asset to any team and the New York Giants are lucky to have him.  What really sets Dickerson apart from the rest is his compassion and generosity.  Dickerson is a true class act and a hero in every sense of the word!

New York Giants: Jordan Dangerfield, native of New York, Excels with the Steelers

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NEW YORK GIANTS – They say kind people are hard to find, great people are even rarer and Pittsburgh Steelers safety, Jordan Dangerfield is one of the rarest of them all!

Originally signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Dangerfield spent time with Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League.  Currently, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Elmont, New York native is nothing short of excellent.  Dangerfield is a powerhouse when it comes to playing on special teams.  He has both the size and agility to be a mighty and robust safety.

Dangerfield has always been one to achieve his goals and is most certainly not complacent.  Thinking of his future and life after football, Dangerfield went back to Towson University and finished his degree!  He is truly a great role model for his son, showing him that you can achieve anything you put your mind to!

Dangerfield is not only a fantastic player, but also a truly wonderful son, brother, husband, father and an all-around great guy.  Although his father, Jordan Dangerfield Sr., a firefighter who passed away in 2009 from a heart attack, Dangerfield honors him through little gestures such as wearing “Rest in Peace Dad” on his game gear.  Dangerfield most certainly is making his dad and his mother Erica proud.  Dangerfield is a dedicated husband to his lovely wife Theresa and a doting father to their extremely adorable son.

There truly aren’t enough good words to describe just how nice of a guy Dangerfield is!  I can personally attest to this, as I have met him and he was the most down-to-earth, nicest, warmest guy you will ever find!  Jordan may be a Danger on the Field, but in life he is a sweetheart!

New York Giants: Daniel Jones Ready to Take Another Surge with a Restocked Offense

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

New York Giants‘ quarterback Daniel Jones has made strides since taking over the starting job back in Week 3. Now, with weapons on offense back in play, Jones is ready to take another surge.

Daniel Jones burst onto the scene in his debut back in Week 3, leading the New York Giants to a come from behind victory in which he threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. But since then, Jones has reminded everyone that he is still a rookie and that some growing pains are needed in order to develop for the future.

That’s been apparent in his last two outings, in which Daniel Jones and the Giants offense have faced off against arguably two of the NFL’s premier defenses in the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots. Jones managed to hold his own and did so without key offensive players like Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard in the fold.

Come Sunday however, that is about to change, and we very well may see another surge for Daniel Jones and this Giants’ offense.

New York is welcoming the return of Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram, who both practiced fully on Friday and were cleared for action on Sunday against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.

In a battle between the top two quarterbacks taken in the NFL Draft, both Murray and Jones are set to put on display the skills that warranted their respective franchises for selecting them. Only now, Jones has some new weapons around him that should help make his job easier, and provide an opportunity to take another step forward.

Daniel Jones has not played a single snap with his offense together at full health (meaning his top weapons in Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate). Shepard has been ruled out once again on Sunday, but three out of four is better than none.

The Giants have mustered just 64 and 52 rushing yards respectively in their last two outings, and despite missing nearly half the season Saquon Barkley is still the Giants’ leading rusher. His presence in the backfield should keep defenses honest and allow Daniel Jones’ more opportunities to be aggressive in the air.

After missing last week’s game against New England, Evan Engram will look to get right back where he started. Engram leads the Giants in catches (33), receiving yards (373) and touchdown receptions with two this season. After averaging just 171 yards passing in the past two weeks, Jones has a great opportunity to attack through the air with Engram back and suited up.

Games like Jones’ electric debut against Tampa Bay may very well be on the horizon, especially with a favorable schedule with a majority of games at home coming up. Without so many offensive weapons, Jones had a tall task at hand but very much held his own.

Now, he has a restocked offense to take another surge, and there is no better opportunity to do so then when the number one pick Kyler Murray and the Cardinals come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

New York Knicks: Implementing Defense Sooner Than Offense May Be a Great Strategy

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The New York Knicks started the preseason with their offense looking mostly stagnant. A offense that lacks precise ball movement allows opposing defenses to collect itself. Once opposing defenses get comfortable guarding the stagnant offense ran by the Knicks, turnovers begin to pile up. All of a sudden, the Knicks are on the opposite end of a 12-2 run.

David Fizdale and his coaching staff been harping on defense during practices all training camp and preseason. Defense is definitely priority for the Knicks, however, poor offense can be detrimental to any defense. Therefore, Once the offense and chemistry for the Knicks catch up, the Knicks defense will begin to flourish especially if Knick players are still sold on the gritty tough style of defense Fizdale wants them to play.

Fizdale has belief in the Knicks offense, which is why he’s letting the offensive side of the ball take care of itself for now. As the season goes on, more offense will be taught. The New York Knicks has a plethora of young talent at the guard position. The more an offense play together, the more chemistry and trust they build and it clearly shows on the court. Lots of player rust is being shaken off during preseason by certain players fighting for rotation minutes. Therefore, it’s extremely crucial for Knick fans to stay patient because the true product might not reveal itself until the middle of the season once everybody is fully acclimated with one another on the basketball court offensively and defensively. The Knicks could very well flourish during the second half of the season.

Overall, the New York Knicks have an improved team this season. No fan should mention tanking at all. It’s a process which must be trusted and defense will catapult the change that Knick fans been drooling for.