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Giants’ Nat Berhe Inspired by American Sniper Movie; Does Ticket Giveaway for Military Members

January 24th, 2015 at 2:55 PM
By Doug Rush

The movie "American Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper (yes, the same one who is a die-hard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles) has been sweeping the nation and getting great reviews from everyone all over, but more importantly, it has given those who have seen it a greater appreciation for the men and women in our military who defend our country and make sacrifices to serve it.

One of those who recently saw the movie and felt the same inspiration from Cooper playing United States Navy Seal Chris Kyle was New York Giants rookie safety Nat Berhe, who was so moved and truly touched from the movie, to the point where he wanted to give back to the real heroes that allow him the freedoms he possesses and the ability to play football everyday, so he took to Twitter and held a contest in which anyone who sent him a picture of them serving in the military could win free tickets to a Giants home game in 2015.

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Ann Mara, Mother of Giants Co-Owner John Mara, Hospitalized After Slipping on Ice

January 24th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Doug Rush

This past week, the matriarch of the New York Giants organization, Ann Mara, was hospitalized after slipping and falling on ice near her Westchester home.

The 85-year-old widow of late owner Wellington Mara and mother of current Giants co-owner John Mara slipped on the ice and hit her head this past Sunday, the New York Post reported. Mara was taken to Greenwich Hospital where she is recovering.

Mara has been a regular when the Giants have won championships, as she has always been seen accepting either NFC Championship Trophy or the Lombardi Trophy when the Giants have won the Super Bowl.

There's also the infamous incident after the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers for the 2011 NFC Championship when Mara went up to Terry Bradshaw during the post-game celebration interviews and playfully scolded him for picking against the Giants in the game.

We at Giants 101 would like to wish Mara a speedy recovery.

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Re-Grades the 2014 NFL Draft, Gives New York Giants an “A”

January 24th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Daniel Graham

On May 11, 2014, one day after the 2014 NFL Draft concluded, ESPN's draft expert, Mel Kiper, weighed in his opinion on how each team did in the draft. In a draft that saw the New York Giants draft seven players that included Weston Richburg, Andre Williams, Devon Kennard and (how could we forget?) Odell Beckham Jr. with their first pick, Kiper called New York's selections a "good draft" for the team, but gave the team a letter grade of B, a B for needs and a B+ for value.

However, on Friday, Kiper went back into his post-draft archives and re-graded each team's draft by what they did this season. And likely due to the strength of Beckham Jr.'s rookie-of-the-year caliber season, as well as other pieces from their draft that performed well as the year went on, Kiper took out his magic pen and gave Big Blue a new letter grade of an A.

In explaining his reevaluation of New York's draft class, Kiper obviously had a lot to say about Odell Beckham Jr. before he spoke about how well the other rookie selections performed. In talking about the former LSU receiver, who he had ranked high on his receivers board prior to the draft, Kiper had this to say:

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New York Giants Likely to Target Change-of-Pace Running Back This Offseason: Report

January 24th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

A year ago, the New York Giants knew they needed to address their running back situation, and did so by re-signing Peyton Hillis, adding Rashad Jennings via free agency and then selecting Andre Williams in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft.

Despite the new additions and the old holdovers, injuries would again plague the Giants at the position in 2014, as they lost Peyton Hillis to a severe concussion and Michael Cox to a fractured leg, while Rashad Jennings missed five games due to various injuries including a sprained MCL. But the worst news of all was that David Wilson's neck injury was career-ending and he was forced into early retirement.

Now, a year removed from their latest attempt at a fix, it would appear as if the Giants will again target a running back in the offseason. And either by way of free agency of the NFL Draft, Walter Football has heard rumblings that they will hone in on a change-of-pace back.

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Sam Madison on Steve Spagnuolo: His In-Game Adjustments Make Him a Great Coach

January 24th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The majority of the fans, media and people around the New York Giants are excited over the re-hiring of Steve Spagnuolo back to the team as the defensive coordinator.

Spagnuolo returns to the Giants after six years away from the team and was brought over from the Baltimore Ravens after spending two seasons with the team as the defensive backs coach. Now, the 55-year-old Spagnuolo is back for his second tour with the team and defense and look to fix the unit that at times, was a mess and lead to the firing of Perry Fewell after five seasons

While current players like Jameel McClain and Mike Patterson are excited for Spagnuolo's return to the Giants, former players are also excited to see him back on the sidelines and will benefit from his coaching. Former cornerback Sam Madison, who was on the Giants from 2006-2008 and was on the Super Bowl XLII team and played under Spagnuolo, talked about what made him such a valuable asset to the team and what makes him a tremendous defensive coordinator.

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