Justin Tuck will go down as one of the greatest lineman to ever play for the New York Giants and at halftime of Monday night’s contest against the Cincinnati Bengals , the two-time Super Bowl winner will enter elite company in the Giants Ring of Honor. While the former Notre Dame product couldn’t find the best way to describe the emotions he felt pregame, he admitted that he doesn’t look at the ceremony as an individual accomplishment, but as a team award.
"I don’t know if you could put it into words," noted Tuck. "You just think about all the guys. I’ll think about all the guys that are up there. I’ll literally tell myself that I don’t deserve to be up there with those guys. I don’t look at myself in that light. It’s always been that way with me. I’m really cognizant of how special it is to play a game like this. A game where you’re relying on ten other guys every given moment. If one guy doesn’t do his job, the other ten don’t look so hot. Like I always tell guys, any success that I have had is a direct correlation to the other ten guys on the field. The other eleven on the other side and the eleven on special teams. The twenty or so coaches and so on and so forth. It’s special but it’s special because of the group not because of Justin Tuck."
Tuck is as humble as star players come and he seems to be enjoying his life after football. Asked if he misses the game that brought him unprecedented fame, Tuck replied: “For me, when I decided to call it quits, I knew it was time for me. I don’t have any regrets.”
The standout defensive end always seemed to rise to the occasion when the lights shined brightest, but he credits his work ethic and level-headed approach for paving the way for his likely Hall of Fame career.
“For me, I was always calm and just approached it like it was any other day,” said Tuck of his two outstanding performances on football’s biggest stage. “A lot of that was me fooling myself because the Super Bowl really isn’t just any other day. I was able to approach it like that. That’s why I think in those moments I was calm. I was just like the kid that practiced the Michael Jordan winning shot in his backyard. Same thing. At the end of the day, it’s football. At the end of the day, I played a lot of football. If you keep it in that perspective, you just go out there and do what you’ve always done. That’s what I tried to do.”