Dinkins a truly special Giant

Not only is <STRONG>Darnell Dinkins </STRONG>fortunate to have a good shot at making the Giants roster. He's even luckier to be alive.

The Giants fourth QB turned TE/special teams terror nearly lost his life in a nasty car crash the day the Giants contacted the former University of Pittsburgh signal-caller to state their intentions of signing him.

After failing to get the New Jersey Gladiators of the Arena Football League to employ him, Dinkins in January headed up to Buffalo for a tryout with their AFL club. However, only 10 minutes away from reaching his destination, Dinkins' vehicle hit a patch of black ice.

"I hit an embankment and my truck flipped over about five or six times," he said. "The truck was totally shattered. But I walked away with only a small scar on my face."

Dinkins said the accident occurred so fast that he didn't even have time to see his life flash before his eyes. Once the truck came to a stop, he was "30 or 40 yards" away from original impact.

Dinkins was traveling with his best friend, who fortunately only required stitches to his leg. But Dinkins was hardly even slowed. He called the Buffalo club and told them he still wanted to work out that day, but that he'd be a little late. That tremendous dedication and work ethic are reasons why Dinkins is well on his way to making the Giants opening-day roster.

The move to tight end was a clear indication from Head Coach Jim Fassel that he wants Dinkins to make the team. Dinkins caught everyone's eyes with his vicious hit on New England punt returner Kevin Faulk last week, but he had already made his mark on the coaching staff. Both Fassel and Offensive Coordinator Sean Payton have stated that Dinkins is easily the hardest-working player in New York's camp.

Another couple solid performances on special teams, beginning Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, and he'll have completed his unlikely journey from a fourth-string QB to a member of New York's final roster.

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