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New York Giants’ Chris Snee: “I Look Around and I’m the Old Guy”

July 18th, 2012 at 10:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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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3 Responses to “New York Giants’ Chris Snee: “I Look Around and I’m the Old Guy””

  1.  Luv2Salsa says:

    I suppose I need to weigh-in on the Cruz goes Hollywood thread.

    One of the reasons topics like this are so popular is it’s a familiar storyline, with a potential crash and burn ending. It’s like watching a California high speed car chase in real time. Everybody is entitled to a life outside of football. Let’s be glad that Victor’s doesn’t involve drugs, alcohol, firearms or domestic violence.

    Cruz as had several wake-up calls already in his young life. He was twice thrown out of college for bad grades. He had THE WORST training camp of any that made the final 53, and Brandon Stokley was brought in to do the job that was Victor’s to lose. If all the glitz ends up messing with his head, he’ll have another choice to make and another teachable moment.

    I have no doubt Cruz! will have another great year. Like 2011? Probably not. But history is still being written, and I have no doubt that the book he writes after his playing days are over proves to be a far more interesting read.

    (Oh……first!)

  2.  BLU-82 says:

    With respect to the Weatherford thread- That guy makes me want to go out and buy a Weatherford jersey. I’m sure I’m not alone. Imagine that, a punter with jersey sales?

  3.  Grateful Giants says:

    Talk about old men…

    I didn’t realize that Nicks (1/14/88) is younger that Cruz (11/11/86).

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