Where Henry Hynoski is from, his father is a legend.
The elder Hynoski dominated high school football in Mount Carmel, Pa., before having an illustrious career as a fullback at Temple. Garnering honorable mention All-American honors as a senior in 1974, Henry Sr. was drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns.
Thirty-seven years later, his son will be starting against them.
“There’s a lot of family history there,” the Giants’ second-year fullback said, with the Browns coming to East Rutherford this Sunday. “It’s going to be an exciting week. I’m just so honored to have a father who played in the NFL, and just going against his team is a really big week for our family.”
Henry Sr. played alongside All-American and five-time Pro Bowler Greg Pruitt in Cleveland before a severe shoulder injury abruptly ended his career during his second training camp. When it was all said and done, Henry Sr. was inducted into the Temple Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The younger Hynoski may someday join him in the latter after playing college ball at Pittsburgh on top of a prolific career at Southern Columbia High School, where he finished sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards and 113 touchdowns.
But, just like his father, there’s no boasting from Hynoski. Not even with a Super Bowl ring.
“My dad is a very modest guy,” Hynoski said about growing up with a father who played in the NFL. “He doesn’t like to brag or boast or anything…I had to kind of pull it out of him because I heard stories from everybody in my area about how great he was and how much of a legend he was in our area. So I kind of had to pull it out of him and we’d watch some tapes or something like that and he’d tell me some stories.”
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QB Eli Manning
On looking forward to Cleveland…
“Each game you learn from it, we did some good things, there’s things we need to clean up and we’re looking forward to having a home game and a One O’ Clock start and facing a good team. Their defense has done well, a lot of turnovers, a lot of sacks. They’ve played every game close so we got to make sure we have a great week at practice and go out there and play great football.”
WR Victor Cruz
On potentially overlooking an 0-4 team…
“No, I don’t think so, not for us. We understand that this is a must win for us. We got to come in, ready to play, prepared, and we got to have all our weapons handy and go in there and play a good game and win.”
WR Domenik Hixon
On the effect of injuries on the wide receiving corps…
“I think it’s a group effort, like I said Eli coaches up everybody. Coaches, they coach up everybody and we kind of have a thing where at any point in time you can be called on and you want to be ready and take advantage of the opportunity.”
Center David Baas
On botched snaps in Week 4…
“There are no excuses. Get better…and it’s getting better. That’s my job, I got to be able to snap it.”
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