Pro Bowl Profiles: Special Teams

It seems fitting fitting that the two oldest teammates in NFL history also go to the Pro Bowl together. That is exactly what will happen as Jeff Feagles and Jon Carney were both nominated.

John Carney

Carney has missed only two-of-31 field goal attempts this season and both were blocked. His 122 points place him third in the NFL and fourth on the Giants' single-season record list. Carney's 29 field goals are the third-highest total in team history.

"It goes back to the basics of focusing on one kick at a time and focusing on your mechanics," Carney said. "I have a lot of trust, obviously, in Jeff Feagles and what he can do with holding. And Jay Alford has done a very good job snapping the ball. And a lot of credit goes to Coach (Tom) Quinn and Coach (Tom) McGaughey for the support and coaching and wisdom that they've provided this year for special teams."

This is the second Pro Bowl selection of Carney's illustrious career. He was first selected in 1994 as a member of the San Diego Chargers and Carney's 14-year gap between selections is a record. At 44, he's the league's oldest player.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of him," said Feagles, who is Carney's holder. "Just seeing the type of person he is and looking at his career and comparing how many years we have been in the league (they are both 21-year veterans). I know how hard he works. It's great to be able to head over there and not have to worry about working with somebody that I don't really know. It actually buys a little extra time because we won't have to stay after practice now and practice our holds."

Before Carney, no Giants kicker had been selected to the Pro Bowl since Ali Haji-Sheikh in 1983.

Jeff Feagles

This is also the second Pro Bowl for Feagles, who went to his first in 1995 with the Arizona Cardinals – a 13-year hiatus that is second to Carney's.

Carney and the 42-year-old Feagles are the oldest teammates in NFL history.

Feagles is second in the NFC and fifth in the NFL with a net average of 40.1 yards on 55 punts, which will be a career high if he maintains it through the final two games. How many players set personal bests at age 42? In 2007, Oakland's Shane Lechler and San Francisco's Andy Lee became the first punters in league history to post net averages of more than 40 yards.

"It is incredible – I want to keep it there," Feagles said of his net average. "That is one of my long-term goals that I have always wanted. Nobody had netted over 40 yards in a season, so that has always been one of my goals that I had wanted to accomplish and we have a couple games left to keep it there."

Feagles is the NFL record holder for consecutive games played (334), punts (1,640), punting yards (68,213) and punts downed inside the 20-yard line (529).

"There are a lot of things that go into punting statistics," Feagles said. "Weather is part of it and your coverage teams are part of it, the personnel that you put on the field. We have great guys that are covering for me and making plays, and I just think that I am really healthy – knock on wood."

Feagles is the first Giants punter to be honored since Sean Landeta in 1990.

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