Pro Bowl Profiles: Defense

Here, TGI offers a profile of the Giants' loan Defensive Pro Bowler, one Justin Tuck. Even tuck himself is kind of surprised only one Giant Defender is going to the game.

Justin Tuck

The Giants haven't missed a beat at left defensive end this season with Tuck taking over for the retired Michael Strahan.

"It is huge," Tuck said. "The Pro Bowl is kind of like that ultimate individual award, but it also lets you know that you have a lot of guys around you that really helped you become what you are. I just want to thank my coaches and the players around me that have helped me to get to this point."

Tuck leads the Giants and is seventh in the NFL with 12.0 sacks. He is also first on the team with 18 tackles for losses and 11 quarterback hurries and is third with 15 quarterback hits. He also has three forced fumbles and an interception he returned 41 yards for a touchdown at St. Louis.

"Obviously, I think we should have more players going from our defense," Tuck said. "We have some alternates, so hopefully we can get some of those guys in also. But right now I feel real good as far as people starting to realize that this football team has some pretty talented football players and I just want to say congratulations to all the offensive guys and special teams guys that made it from this team also."

While five of the Pro Bowl Giants ended long positional all-star droughts, that certainly wasn't the case with Tuck. Tuck is the second Giants defensive end to be selected in as many seasons. Osi Umenyiora was the team's lone representative last year. He has missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury. The Giants had two defensive ends play in the game in 2005 in Umenyiora and Strahan, who went for the seventh and final time.

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