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New York Giants’ Zak DeOssie: “I’m All Things Boston … Except When It Comes to Football”

June 24th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

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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Tags: Bill Belichick, Football, New England, New England Patriots, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Steve DeOssie, Zak DeOssie

13 Responses to “New York Giants’ Zak DeOssie: “I’m All Things Boston … Except When It Comes to Football””

  1.  Krow says:

    I used to be one of those guys who thought Zak was just a bit player … hanging on till we found someone who could play. But over the years I’ve come to respect what he does and what he brings to the party. Once again he says the right thing. We’re lucky to have him.

  2.  JimStoll says:


    fanfor55years says:
    June 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM
    I don’t see bringing in Bishop as a real problem at all. Give him $1.5MM plus some playing time bonuses, plug him in at MLB, give Herzlich another year of experience before he takes over the position (unless a draft pick beats him out down the road), know Bishop moves on next season in all likelihood, and we suddenly start to look like a “real” linebacking corps. Obviously, he’d have to pass a physical, but presumably the Giants would be very careful with that since that cap space is precious.

    A group that includes Bishop, Williams, Paysinger, Curry, Herzlich, Connor, and Rivers sure looks like a pretty fine second line of defense to me. I think we’re all so used to being disgusted with the play of that part of the team that most cannot bring themselves to see what is right in front of them: any single player with “potential” may not make use of it, but when you have 5-6 with it then some will fulfill it. A starting three of Bishop, Williams and Rivers could be a very, very, good group. Add the real potential of Curry, Paysinger and Herzlich, plus the steady play Connor can provide, and I’d start liking this defense if we can get the situation at corner squared away.

    JimStoll says:
    June 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM
    the only one of these guys who has managed to stay healthy for a full season is Paysinger, and that’s because he doesn’t play much
    the problem with the Giant LB corps is that JR is forever trolling for “value” and as a result he either signs guys who were highly touted coming out of college but who never transitioned to star status in the NFL — currently: Rivers, Curry, Connor; or he goes with low draft picks and/or RFA’s: Paysinger, Williams, Herzlich. One of these days that formula might pay off but as yet it has not.
    In fact the only consistently decent LB’s we’ve had over the last decade are Pierce and Bolely, both of whom were semi-accomplished before being picked up in FA.

    Maybe this unit will out-perform this year, but first they have to stay healthy, and second they have to prove their histories don’t represent their true abilities.

    •  rlhjr says:


      Well said JimStoll. And pleas folks, do not get your skivvies in a bunch because our “Sainted” JR has been called out. We all know the man is as good as it gets when talking NFL GM/personnel and draft acumen.

      It’s just the front office adopted strategy/philosophy for linebacker is just as Jim described.

      The team simply refuses to invest a high draft pick in a backer; And in particular a MIKE. It is arguable that Reese’s method worked with Pierce.
      But that formula has yet to be duplicated.

      Still others argue that the linebacker position is no longer valued. If so then why does this very conversation persist each year on G101? I’ve got news, true value is having a guy who can stay on the field, understand where everyone is supposed to be and bark with authority to get them there.

      The Giants need a leader/general on defense who is not a DE or SS.
      The defense needs a signal caller who can play three downs and be the heart beat of the unit.

      Plain and simple, Reese and Mr. Mara need to make up their minds to find a worthy/talented kid and pay him to lead the defense on the field.
      That said, a few months ago I stated and standby the statement that Reese has assembled the best collection of “who who’s” at the linebacker position in a very long time. But the long term prognosis is still governed by “IF” and plenty of them.

      They bit the bullet with an offensive lineman in the first round. They better duplicate that bite with a (MIKE) linebacker. That is all.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Love ya Zak. But if you aint YANKEES, you aint $h|+.

    •  JimStoll says:

      can’t be a true NY-er and not rout Yanks — although it looks like we are headed into the wilderness
      for those who lived through 1967-1975 and 1982-1993, what is unfolding now may well be that kind of era

      •  Krow says:

        Perhaps if the Yankees paid him some money …

        •  rlhjr says:

          If the “Boss” were still here, CA$HMAN wold be toast and our fram system would be back up to snuff.

          The last home grown Yankee superstars are Mo and Jeter and Andy.
          That’s about to run out in a hurry.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I view things differently than others. When front offices like our Bmore, Pitt and GB specifically release players I have extra pause. Guys like Leach and Bishop were released for reasons. Bishop healthy is a good player but we don’t know that he is healthy and GB releasing him makes me thing there is concern. At 29 Bishop isn’t too old but if he’s lost anything he isn’t any better than we already have in my view. I don’t see the point of having him, Herzlich and Conner in camp. I don’t think that’s enough reps for Herzlich and the vet challenger to get if there is a real 3rd MLB vet that has a chance to start. If he’s deemed healthy and brought in as a Conner replacement to vie for the MLB then I don’t have a problem with signing Bishop. I just think Herzlich needs reps to continue his development and a vet learning a new defense at least needs 2nd teams reps to really be ready to start if he wins the MLB job.

    •  rlhjr says:

      +100 I agree with you GOAT.

      But I would just like a long term player at MIKE who can stay on the field on third down. Maybe that’s Herzlich. But adding Bishop will only muddy the waters. It’s time to work with what we have and make adjustments if needed after this season. And that’s across the board, not just linebacker.

      Eli’s time with us is ticking down. Reese and Mara need to build a talented pool of players around him on both sides of the ball. This is not to say that they are not trying. Pugh , Moore and Hankins are testament to that.

    •  Krow says:

      This !

  5.  Krow says:

    On the bright side … at least Aaron Hernandez doesn’t play for us. Things could be a lot worse.

    •  rlhjr says:

      “Killer” tight end, what’s not to like…………..LMFAO at infallible Pats. Can’t wait to hear the excuses the talking heads make for them. I mean they can do no wrong…..right?

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    The Packers WANTED Bishop. It’s just that they wanted him at less than the $3.2MM he would have been owed under his contract. If he’d been willing to restructure he’d still be in Green Bay. IF he is healthy (and I assume the Giants would make sure he is before thinking about signing him) then he is a darned good player and could help us win THIS YEAR.

    In the NFL you cannot worry about next year. Things happen. You try to be competitive this season and then worry about the next one (except in regard to the draft and development of “projects”). I like Herzlich. I think he may be the long-term answer at MIKE (I’m not saying he IS, just that he might be and that the Giants hope he is exactly that defensive quarterback they desire). But if Bishop is healthy there’s no question in my mind he can help us win in 2013, and that’s the heart of the matter, not whether Herzlich is ‘set back” or whom we’ll draft next April. That old “NFL = Not For Long” applies to teams’ championship chances as well as players’ careers. One serious injury to He Who Shall Not Be Named and 2014 could be a write-off no matter who plays linebacker. Al Davis’ famous saying should really have been “Just Win Now, Baby.”

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