New York Giants guard Chris Snee says he feels as healthy as he has in years, and despite taking routine days off from practice, he also finds himself supremely motivated by those who doubt him. And the massive pay cut he took earlier this year aside, he's just as hungry for success now as he was during his rookie season.
"I push myself and, I don't want to compare it to anyone else, but you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who is more self-motivated, who wants to prove all the doubters wrong more than me. I've been that way from high school on, when I came from an area where no one thought I would get a college scholarship. Same thing all the way through college. I have that fire. I have that drive. It's just my body needs to stay on the same page as my mind," Snee told Newsday.
A healthy Chris Snee would be a tremendous bonus for the Giants — almost like signing a Pro Bowl guard — but given his recent history with injuries, the team had no choice but to go out and sign/draft potential backup plans.
That approach is not something Snee took issue with, admitting that he understands the business side of things and why the Giants needed to protect themselves in the event he went down with injury again.
"From [the Giants'] standpoint, they brought in guys and had to prepare as if I wasn't going to be able to make it," Snee said. "I appreciated that mindset, and I understood it."
Snee and quarterback Eli Manning are the only two remaining offensive starters from each Super Bowl team.
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