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Despite NFL’s Growing Image Problem, Justin Tuck Feels New York Giants Represent League Well

July 2nd, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

From the very moment former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, the NFL has come under fire for a growing image problem. And with 29 players having been arrested since the Super Bowl, the cause for concern appears to be legitimate. But despite being located in one of the most densely populated areas in the country, the New York Giants have managed, for the most part, to steer clear of negative headlines.

'Justin Tuck: Calm Before the Storm.' photo (c) 2009, Heath Brandon - license:

With only 13 players having been arrested over the last 13 years, Big Blue is near the bottom of the pack for troubled athletes. And while the recent arrest of free agent linebacker Michael Boley cast some negative light on them, defensive captain Justin Tuck feels the team, and their image, uphold the standards of the National Football League.

"I think you always worry about the image of the NFL," Tuck said on Monday, after a Gillette Fusion ProGlide event at Story in Manhattan. "But the only way I can control that is the things that I do. I can’t control what other people do. I can only control what image is Justin Tuck and the New York Giants. And I think we do a good job of upholding the standards of the NFL."

While the Giants generally do a good job staying out of trouble, it's not because they don't take risks on players. In fact, General Manager Jerry Reese and the owners, both the Tisch's and the Mara's, are known for giving men second chances. Even now there are several players with suspect pasts on their roster; safety Will Hill being, perhaps, the best example.

The difference between the Giants and, say, the Cincinnati Bengals, who lead the league with 40 arrests since 2000, is how they deal with these young men. They take a no-nonsense approach. Reese sits down and talks with them before bringing them on, and then they meet with the strict disciplinarian in head coach Tom Coughlin. They are made aware that they have one opportunity to turn things around or find themselves without a job. But more importantly than anything else, they treat these men with respect and work with them to change their ways — they help rehabilitate them.

There are many reasons why the Giants are considered the classiest organization in football, and their ability to help turn troubled young men around is just one of them.


Tags: Aaron Hernandez, Football, Justin Tuck, Michael Boley, New England, New England Patriots, New York, New York Giants, NFL

3 Responses to “Despite NFL’s Growing Image Problem, Justin Tuck Feels New York Giants Represent League Well”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:


    BigBlueGiant says:
    July 1, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I personally think that Julio Jones and Roddy White are a better duo at WR in all honesty.

    forget rings about the rings, BC it takes more than just WR’s to win a SB.

    kujo says:
    July 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Why do you hold this belief? You got some stats? Some analyses? Anything other than 3 lines and 34 words (4 of which are the players names) in post?
    Begiant says:
    July 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    It is a tough comparison. Both Roddy White and Julio Jones had great years. Jones had 78 catches, 10 TDs and over 1100 yards. White had 92 catches for 1300 yards and 7 TDs. You can go back to 2011, but Jones was just a rookie so that is not fair to him. I think this year, if everyone stays healthy, will tell a lot about who is better.
    kujo says:
    July 1, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    2011 featured a healthy Nicks and an emerging Cruz, but Roddy White was a rookie (top 10 pick) so that’s not a fair comparison? But last year Nicks was injured all year, but doesn’t prevent you from comparing their stats.
    Begiant says:
    July 1, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I never gave a single Giant stat
    Roddy white was not a rookie in 2011
    I said next year, if everyone is healthy, we can get a good comparison

    I really did not say anything outrageous. I practically said we can’t tell who is better yet.
    Begiant says:
    July 1, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    I thought it was implied the Giants got the edge in 2011, so we need one more year…

    Kujo, I hold the belief that Roddy White and Julio Jones are better than Cruz and Nicks because i honestly think they are. They’re both bigger, Stronger and faster than Nicks and Cruz. They both can stretch the field where Nicks and Cruz have different type of games. Jones and White are BOTH #1 WR’s. the only thing that sets them apart from Nicks and Cruz is Matt Ryan throwing them the ball. If Eli was they’re QB, they’d be unstoppable which they almost are right now. Expect them to be much better than they were last year. Fact.

  2.  jfunk says:

    First Shockey’s ex is lying. She said he’s “playing” stupid. Not possible.

    Second, I think the number of arrests thing is being blown out of proportion. Is the rate really much higher than the general population?

  3.  GeezUp says:

    Just to chime in on this best WR duo, how about some love for Black n Decker out in Denver. Unfortunate for them they had to suffer with QB FL Gator for a season, but with the Sheriff they proved themselves worthy in a discussion like this. And before u make a fool of yourself go check the stats, Decker had identical numbers last year to Young Whales.

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