With the departure of Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie over the last two seasons, New York Giants guard Chris Snee has rapidly gone from a youngster to an old man of the offensive line. A second-round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Snee is entering his ninth NFL season and beginning to embrace the luxuries that come with being a veteran.
"I look around and I'm the old guy," Snee said. "I was telling my wife that last week. It's definitely a little different for me. I was the young guy, coming in as a second-round pick. Now, I'm the grumpy old veteran sitting at my locker, waiting for a rookie to torment."
At 30 years old, Snee is still slightly younger than the 31-year-old David Diehl, who is anything but a cranky old man. Still, as time ticks by, both Diehl and Snee realize their window for winning more championships is slowly closing. So, as the 2012 season nears, the goal is very simple: win.
"I just want to improve and I want for us to improve," Snee said. "We just want to improve and keep winning championships."
The singular focus of the 2012 New York Football Giants appears to be exactly that: last year is over, let's win again. No longer are any of them reveling in what was, but all seemed focused on what could be. Luckily for them -since they thrive as the underdog- the National and local media markets have helped to overshadow their success by focusing on more mundane things like the New York Jets signing back-up quarterback Tim Tebow.
"We win the Super Bowl and we take a back seat to a Tebow press conference," Snee said. "But that's the way we like it. Coach has said since I got here that talk is cheap, you have to play the game."
Focus. Focus. Focus. It's what separates the pretenders from the contenders, and may be what leads Big Blue to a repeat championship for the first time in franchise history.
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