John Tuggle was anything but irrelevant to legendary coach Bill Parcells.
As the last pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, the running back out of California became that year’s Mr. Irrelevant and began his NFL journey alongside Parcells, who had just taken over as head coach of the New York Giants.
Captured in ESPN’s latest short film “The Irrelevant Giant,” the two embarked on something much greater when Tuggle was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which would eventually cause his death in August of 1986 at the age of 25.
Tuggle left a lasting impression on the coach as the Giants went on to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history the following season, wearing the number 38 on their helmets along the way to honor their fallen teammate.
“For all the players that I’ve ever coached in my lifetime, there have been a few – John being among them – that had some attributes that you couldn’t see,” recalled Parcells, who was recently voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the documentary. “You had to gain an understanding of this guy’s determination, his will, those kinds of things. Just walking around you don’t gain an appreciation for anything like that. It has to be gained under duress, during times of pain, during times where we all have to go to those dark places and respond.”
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The NFL released an interview with Giants Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes in its weekly health and safety update. Here are some of the highlights from Barnes, who is a member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and has served as the team’s head athletic trainer since 1980:
On advising Giants President & CEO & Competition Committee member John Mara on player health and safety matters:
“I am very fortunate to have a Competition Committee member in our building. Mr. John Mara is deeply committed to player safety. Our medical staff and coaches can make John aware in real time of our concerns on issues that relate to a safer environment for players in the NFL. John understands the game and has a very keen interest in every facet of professional football, especially the medical and safety aspects of the game. The NFL has committed considerable resources in the area of health and safety. I have an opportunity to provide him with accurate and useful epidemiological data and research on medical and safety issues.”
On recent rules changes approved by the Competition Committee:
“NFL players are bigger, faster and stronger than they were a decade ago and decades before that. I applaud the NFL for the continued scrutiny and rules changes that adapt to the changing kinematics of the game. From unnecessary hits on defenseless players to helmet-to-helmet and crown-of-helmet hits, all of these changes are protective measures for the safety of our players. A comprehensive injury surveillance program and a newly created electronic records system will continue to provide the Competition Committee with data and evidence to continue the evolution of the rules of our game.”
On benefits from an athletic trainer in the press box and access to video on the sideline:
“The athletic trainer in the booth has made a radical difference in our ability to recognize injuries in the game that may have been hidden from us prior to its implementation. The spotter affords us the opportunity to have an extra set of eyes above the action, and that has been invaluable. The athletic trainer spotter complements the sideline video review system. Physicians and athletic trainers are able to replay big hits, players stumbling and anything unusual that the spotter calls down to notify us about. We also have the ability to look at the video immediately after an injury to see the mechanism of how it occurred. Mechanisms are crucial in establishing a working diagnosis or impression of the injury. Therefore, the addition of these tools is only a benefit to both the medical staff as well as the athlete being evaluated.”
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