New York Giants long-snapper Zak DeOssie grew up a fan of the New England Patriots. He was even on the sideline when they defeated the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. In fact, he still has family ties to the Patriots organization and even attended Bill Belichick’s high school alma mater, Phillips Andover Academy. As such, there was a bit of irony when Big Blue defeated New England in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI.
“I recognize the irony of it, but I wasn’t torn at all about [the outcome] whatsoever,” DeOssie recently told Pro Player Insiders.
That irony came with a side of trash talk from family friends and associates — most of whom are Patriots fans themselves. One family friend went as far as to text Zak's Father and former Giants Super Bowl champion, Steve DeOssie, with the following pleasantry: “[Bleep] you and your son. The Patriots are going to kill them!”
Obviously, the DeOssie's had the last laugh. Twice.
“First of all to follow in his footsteps and second, to play in the same organization he won a Super Bowl with … That’s awesome. There are no words to describe that feeling. Every father and son share that father-son connection. To have something so rare, so special — it’s something only he knows the true meaning of. It’s ridiculous. We couldn’t be happier. We’re proud that the DeOssie’s have three rings,” the younger DeOssie said.
At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), DeOssie — both of them — are as Big Blue as it gets. Unless, of course, it's a non-football-related matter.
“[I'm] all things Boston … except when it comes to football, of course," he said.
Giants fans will happily accept that so long as he continues to pound away at the Patriots and help bring more Super Bowl titles home.
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