Justin Tuck will forever be known for his two sack performance against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII. It was at that moment that the Giants community knew they had something special in Tuck . Long time fan favorite Michael Strahan retired after that season, but luckily for Big Blue another defensive end was taking over as the captain of the defense.
The veteran defensive end is now at a crossroads in his life. He is uncertain about his future with the Giants and in the NFL. With Tuck battling through injuries the past few seasons and the Giants struggling to win football games, the organization may look towards a fresh start, especially on the aging defensive line.
Change happens often for losing teams, especially ones with veteran players who have expensive salaries. So it will be no surprise if the Giants do decide to part ways with their defensive captain during the offseason.
Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins may be the last time Tuck finds himself in the home locker room of MetLife Stadium. The Veteran defensive end admits this may be a hard concept to grasp.
"I'll be a little teary-eyed after I walk off the field, maybe," Tuck said via the New York Daily News. "I won't say definitely, but maybe, it makes a better story if I say teary-eyed."
Tuck's production has improved during the second half of the season, which may help his value blossom during the offseason. Tuck has had 7.5 sacks in the past five games. That brings his season sack total to nine.
It's no secret that the defensive end wants to stay with the Giants organization; he has admitted it in the past. It's just a matter of what direction Big Blue wants to go in heading into the 2014 season.
For Tuck, he's looking forward to the future, whether it's with the Giants or not.
"I'm looking ahead," Tuck explained. "Anytime you go into a season like this, you always take time out at the end of the year and go over the good, the bads, and the ugly. I'm looking forward to getting back to the top of the heap."