The state goes on the pinkie. The Super Bowl is showcased on the ring finger. The national championship slips over the middle, while the subsequent conference title holds down the index.
Defensive end Justin Trattou became Lord of the Rings last season, hitting the trifecta and joining the club of high school, college, and professional champions.
The former Don Bosco star could have one more New Jersey championship to bookend the bling. But rival-turned-teammate (and teammate once again) Will Hill and St. Peter’s Prep left his thumb open and ring-less.
It evened out, however, when Trattou won the state title as a senior in 2006 over the Marauders, who beat them the year before. Shortly after, they began the healing process when they both committed to Florida.
But the safety still has a bone to pick.
“We have a little grudge between us,” a smiling Hill said before Friday’s practice. “Because I went to St. Peter’s, he went to Don Bosco. But the Florida aspect brings us together.”
Winning a national championship as teammates with the Gators in 2008 also helps.
“That trumps it,” Hill said. “In high school, he beat me once, I beat him. We got rings, but then we ultimately got a ring together at Florida. So that becomes a little brotherly bond there.”
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We’ve all heard the stat by now: the 2011 Giants were the first Super Bowl champion to have finished last in the NFL in rushing during the regular season.
That’s over and done with, says veteran guard Chris Snee, and it all starts with having the same personnel on the offensive line back for a full season.
“It’s nice when you’re able to go out there every day and practice and not rotate guys in,” the three-time Pro Bowl selection said on Thursday. “It’s very important for us to stay healthy and get time to work together. We never really had that for the full season last year. Guys would miss practice and miss games, and you can’t have that, especially when you have a new group of guys. That might’ve worked a couple of years ago, when you had those five guys that were together for a long time. The key here for camp is to be out there for the full practices, and get used to playing with one another.”
If “finish” was the theme of 2011, “consistency” might be this season’s buzzword for a team that clawed its way into the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
“I mean you can’t count on nine wins getting you into the playoffs every year,” Snee said. “We definitely need to be more consistent; and the ups and downs, you really can’t explain. Just hope that we continue what we started with that Jets game [Week 16] and play that well.”
>> A glimpse of the Giants’ prize: Fans view Super Bowl trophy displayed at Albany City Hall. [James Allen, Times Union]
>> If by some quirk of the space-time continuum the Giants’ season opener were suddenly tomorrow instead of Sept. 5, only three players on the roster would say they were prepared enough to suit up. [Joshua Robinson, The Wall Street Journal]
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