Hammer unimpressed with his own performance

In a rare moment, DT Keith Hamilton addressed the team on Saturday night, inspiring both the offensive line and defensive line to turn in strong performances.

When Hammer talks, teammates listen.

DT Keith Hamilton was not happy with the outcome of the Arizona game, and wanted to make sure the lackluster play would not become a habit.

Hamilton told head coach Jim Fassel "I owe you a big game.", and the DT did not fail to deliver that on Sunday.

In a rare moment, the usually quiet DT addressed the team for the pregame speech at the hotel on Saturday night.

Hamilton challenged his teammates to rebound from their disappointing loss in Arizona. He called out players by name, telling them how he thought they should play.

Specifically he talked about the offensive and defensive lines, saying they had not been playing up to their standards. He reminded them there's a reason they're all in the NFL. And he told them they're better than people think.

The result of his speech was what coach Fassel called the most physical performance of the season by the Giants' young offensive line, and one of Hamilton's finest games as well.

In his post game speech, Fassel said "He got the defensive game ball. He played outstanding. He was one tough hombre in the middle, run or pass. He hit the quarterback. He caused pressures. He had two awesome hustle plays. For a big guy, inside tackle in that heat he played really at a high level."

Although he drew praise from his coach, Hamilton wasn't overly impressed with his own performance, saying only "it was a good day for me, but it was past due."

"...when it's my turn to say something I just try to shoot from the hip and be real with them. I think that's what they respect. And when it comes down to it, there's a lot of guys on the team that respect what I've got to say. And I take pride in that."

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