Well, we made it to Super Bowl week, and it just hasn’t gotten any easier for me personally because at times I sit back and remember how last year went and how special the season was for us. As I’ve said before, it’s been really difficult to watch these playoff games, but you know what? It’s motivated us to work even harder and do the things that we know will get us back to next year’s big game, which of course will be played in our home stadium.
I know a lot of the guys on our team have already begun working out and have been doing that for a couple of weeks now. So we’re focused on what we need to do, and we’re determined not to let our wonderful fans down next year.
Switching gears, I want to thank everyone who sent in questions, particularly the folks from Giants 101. The questions that you’ve sent me these past few weeks have really helped ease the sting of not being in the playoffs this month, and I hope that you have enjoyed the feature as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
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Hey Henry, I love it when hard-working fullbacks get a bone thrown to them. My son was one in high school. Was there any talk with Eli or others about that (touchdown) play being used beforehand? Thanks, and go get’ em next year! – Greg
Hey Greg, thanks for the question. No, there was no talk about it in advance. I knew that the play was in the game plan for that week, and it was just a matter of the play being called if the right situation came up. I ‘m just thankful to have had the opportunity. It’s very rewarding for all the hard work and blocking I’ve been doing the last couple of years, but I’d be just as happy if someone else had scored because when my teammates score, I’m a part of that, so that means I score as well. I am confident that if the ball is put in my hands, I can help us win games, so I always look forward to having that opportunity.
Hi, my name is Jack and I’m from California, but I have been a Giants fan my whole life. I was wondering what it feels like to play a position so vital to some offenses, including yours, but not get the glory. Also how does it make you feel that fullback is considered a dying breed in the NFL?. – Jack M.
Hey Jack, what’s going on? Yeah, there are some positions that get all the glory, but remember that it’s the guys in the trenches that make the plays without the ball in their hands that enable the skills guys to score and get the notoriety. You have to have a true love of the game to play the fullback position and a willingness to do whatever it takes to help your team win. That’s when you become noticed. As for your second question, it kind of makes me feel good because there are not a lot of fullbacks out there – only 32 in the league. So if you do it well and you do it right, and you feel that you’re a core part of the team, that’s really all you need right there.
Having read your story in the papers and knowing how you have followed in your Dad’s footsteps to a degree, what is that you want to accomplish as an NFL player? What do you want your legacy to be? – Phil D.
Hey Phil, the main thing that I want to be known for is being a good guy and a gentleman off the field and an animal and a great ball player on the field. If you win Super Bowls, that’s enough of a legacy for me because I’ll have been part of a winning team and will keep collecting those rings.
As a diehard Giants fan, I love the way you play and go all out. What was a bigger thrill: Winning the Super Bowl or unleashing the Hynocerous on the world? – Derek Z.
Hey Derek, that’s an easy one – winning the Super Bowl and the feelings you experience is something that you just can’t put into words. If you think about it, there are some guys who play their whole career and don’t get a chance to play in the Super Bowl let alone win one.
I think if you ask any player, he’ll tell you that winning a Super Bowl trumps all, including scoring a touchdown, which a lot of people do every year. The Super Bowl is something that no one can take away from you and I have a Super Bowl ring for life.
(These last questions are from Nicholas, a USMC veteran who was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and who I want to thank for selflessly serving our country so we can enjoy all the things we have. Nicholas buddy, it’s an absolute pleasure to answer your questions – thanks for writing!)
What is it like working with Eli? How is the work ethic with him and Coach Coughlin?
Eli is a tremendous competitor. He’s calm, cool, and collective. He’s confident and he gives the impression that every time the ball is in his hands, we have the opportunity to go down the field and score. So it’s great to have a leader like him on the field. More importantly, he’s a great human being, and we want to fight for him and do everything we can to help him out on that field. He’s a guy that I think we’re glad to have on the team not just because of his talent, but also because of his work ethic and the kind of person he is.
Coach Coughlin is a very demanding coach, but also a very good man. We love playing for him and he brings the best out in us every week. He appreciates a player that comes in and does his job every week. He sets the standard right away from day one.
When are you going to get your second touchdown?
Hopefully next year! Actually hopefully a lot of guys will be able to score every week so we win games and that carries us into the playoffs.
I was more than disappointed when ‘NFL AM’ didn’t air the Hynocerous dance on their dancing with the starters as a top dance. Were you?
To be honest, I didn’t even know that it was in consideration. There are a lot of great talents out there with an opportunity to make plays more often and who probably have better moves. I don’t necessarily want to be known as a top dancer. If I am, that’s great. But I want to be known as good team player who helps win games.
Exactly how fast is David Wilson on the field? Is it difficult to run block for him especially when you’re going up the middle hitting a linebacker or secondary, or does his quickness really affect your abilities?
I think the best way to describe David’s speed is explosive. With that said, no, his speed has no effect on what I do. I actually like having him back there because of his big play capabilities. I know how to block when he’s back there and what angles to take. That goes for anyone who’s back there. There’s not one person that I prefer over the other.
How come I can’t find your Jersey ANYWHERE?
Yeah, stores don’t usually carry fullbacks’ jerseys, I guess. Fortunately, NFL.com’s merchandise shop does carry it. Visit their online shop if you want to order it–and thanks for your support!
How many offensive plays do the Giants use? How many of those are implemented on a weekly basis? – Jeff H.
Hey Jeff, our playbook is limitless – it’s about seven inches thick, but it keeps expanding as we do different things off of the plays that already exist. On any given week, I’d estimate that we run about 200 plays in a week, keeping in mind that the base plays have different variations.
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Again, thanks to fans from Giants 101 for the great questions. And thanks to all the fans for your continued support. We’re working hard to get back to the level of greatness we know we can be at and can’t wait to get things started up again!
Don’t forget that you can send questions for me to answer each blog entry by posting a comment below, or sending an e-mail. I love hearing from you guys!
Talk to you next week.
Henry Hynoski, #45