After being in the league for seven years, New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford finally got to taste a Super Bowl championship in 2011. But that hasn't quenched his thirst and he's made it abundantly clear that winning his first Super Bowl only has him wanting more, and he has every intention of getting there again.
After having such a successful season in 2011, ending in a victory over the New England Patriots, crowning them Super Bowl champs, the Giants went on to have another mediocre regular season. They would finish 9-7 and lose a close divisional race forcing the players to watch the playoffs from home. But missing out on a chance to repeat helped Weatherford realize how fortunate he is.
"It wasn't miserable it just makes you appreciate a little bit more how special it is to win a super bowl. I've been in the NFL in eight years and only won it one time, so I consider myself lucky," Weatherford told Giants 101.
Though missing the playoffs last year helped him realize his accomplishments from the year before, Weatherford is as competitive as they come and knows the goal is to get the the big game every year, especially this year. The Giants have the opportunity to play a Super Bowl home at MetLife Stadium; an opportunity that doesn't come around often.
"It's always the main goal. You always want to win the Super Bowl, it's the team goal every year. There's the seven times I haven't been able to do it then the one special journey we had when we were able to do it, so that was a magical experience," he said.
The road to the Super Bowl begins in the offseason and Steve knows that. He's finally had the chance to reunite with his teammates to start training at the Giants' practice facility again and see who's ready to start down that championship path again.
"It's been great because we've been apart for three and a half months and to get back to it together with the guys you see who's been training and who's hungry," he added.
Weatherford has become one of the leaders of this Giants' team. His attitude and love for the game is obvious, making him a true asset to the organization. Hopefully his attitude becomes contagious and should inspire his teammates to play with the same passion.
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