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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Jeremy Shockey Doesn't Want to Be a Distraction!


NY Post Writer Steve Serby reported on Jeremy Shockey, injured NY Giant Tight End, in the January 26th edition. Shockey let everyone know that you should pick the Giants to win the game, but the most interesting quote in the story is when he says, "The last thing I want to be is a distraction." Maybe that is why the Giants are doing so well, because he isn't being a distraction on and off the field. This is good look at what this player is going through while his team is enjoying success.


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January 26, 2008 -- Jeremy Shockey , on crutches down in Florida, bleeding Giant blue from afar, believes in his gut the GiantsNew York Giants will shock the Patriots and shock the world on Super Sunday.
"Yeah, of course," Shockey told The Post, breaking his month-long silence following season-ending surgery on his broken left leg. "It's my team. Don't you think they're gonna win? Are you gonna pick 'em this week, Serby?"
Maybe not. Still studying tape.
"You're going against 'em like everybody else?" Shockey asked. "They've been underdogs all year long and they just keep winning and winning. You could look like a hero here.
"I'd pick 'em if I was you."
Because?
"Having something to prove," Shockey said. "What else is a bigger motivator than that?"
Just like the story of your life.
"Yessir," Shockey said.
This magic carpet ride has taken a toll on Shockey.
"I have no fingernails left, these football games!" he said.
It kills Shockey that he has to refer the Giants as "them" rather than "us." This is the kid who once ate a mouthful of dirt after a bitter loss so he could remember the taste. If he could, he would throw away the crutches and limp onto the field on Super Sunday.
"Everybody knows how bad I want to play this game," he said. "Everything happens for a reason."
He plans on visiting his mother Lucinda in Texas then take her to Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., if doctors permit. Or he might just meet her in Arizona.
"It's her birthday, the third, can you believe that?" Shockey said. "I've never sat and watched a football game with her. I know in the stands I'll be harassed."
Of course, there is always room for him on the Giant sideline.
"I want to see what the therapist says," Shockey said.
He will see a therapist in the next week sometime.
"You can never have too many opinions in a case like this," Shockey said.
So far, so good.
"Everything's on schedule," Shockey said. "No infections, everything's healing up. Everything's good."
Everything's even better with his team.
"I'm proud of what's been accomplished," Shockey said. "The hard work paid off from the start of the season 'til the end.
"Everybody came together. It's fun to watch. I couldn't even imagine playing."
The Giants were road warriors when he was healthy, and are road warriors now. He mentions the leadership from old Giants warhorses Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer and says: "Just shows you the character."
It is no fluke. Eli Manning has taken his game to another level and there are different heroes each week.
"They're deserving," Shockey said. "They have a right to be there."
Asked why New York loves this team so much, Shockey said: '"Cause they proved everybody wrong."
He has been mostly incommunicado for two main reasons.
"I lost my phone," Shockey said.
Did he buy a new one?
"I found it," he said.
Where?
"On a boat."
The other reason he has been out of sight, although not out of mind?
"The last thing I want to be is a distraction," Shockey said. "I don't want to jinx anybody," stressing several times, "It's not about me."
He sent a text message to lockermate Antonio Pierce on Thursday night.
"He's holding down Death Row," Shockey said, and chuckled. "That's what we call our fort. He knows how I feel about the game."
He knows about big games from his days as a Miami Hurricane.
"The closest thing I compare it to is a national championship," Shockey said. "In big games like this, they're gonna be close. Everyone has a chance. Anything is achievable."
Especially for his team.
"This has to be a writer's dream," Shockey said. "Everything you all wrote, go back and look at it and see how many times you all were wrong."
Naysayers of the world, beware.

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