The set of Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” received a special demonstration Wednesday morning from Giants fullback Henry Hynoski, who showed off the touchdown dance he unveiled in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia.
It’s called the Hy-noceros, and all it takes is a horn, three kicks, and a roar.
“It’s pretty simple, but it worked out,” Hynoski said on the morning show.
Hynoski is one of five Giants taking over guest anchoring duties this week on the station. Defensive tackle Chris Canty and punter Steve Weatheford began the week, and tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Stevie Brown will help host on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
“We would much rather be playing football right now, believe me,” Weatherford said about watching the postseason. “I went through [winning the Super Bowl] one year ago. It’s so fresh in my mind…It wasn’t until right now that I really appreciated how special that really was.”
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Every week Giants.com posts its production of “Sights and Sounds,” and each time we get a glimpse into life on the sidelines during an NFL game.
So you could imagine the reaction to Henry Hynoski’s first career touchdown in Week 17 when he proceeded to charge like a rhinoceros, as he has been compared to, for his end zone celebration. His teammates, like the rest of us, could only sit back and enjoy the show.
“It was awesomely bad,” center David Baas said on the sideline before congratulating the second-year fullback.
Even the salsa dancer approved.
“I liked it, I liked it,” said Victor Cruz, sitting next to Hynoski when they returned to the bench. “The crazy thing is how long he had that in the back pocket. You know he had that thing in the back pocket.”
After the game, Hynoski admitted, “I had it in the back of my head since the start of the season. I came close a couple times this year, but didn’t really get the opportunity to use it. I had it stored away in case it would happen.”
Hynoski’s celebration also made waves outside of MetLife Stadium and was dubbed “The Hy-noceros” by an NFL.com vote that asks fans to name a play on a given week.
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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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This week’s game will be the 155th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Giants leading the series, 80-72-2. In the last meeting, the Eagles defeated the Giants, 17-10, in Week 11 of the 2011 season in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Weather: Mostly cloudy. 64 °F, Wind: W 7 mph
*Giants begin on their own 39 after a 36-yard kickoff return from David Wilson.
13:12 — Giants punt. Manning pressured and went 1/5 for 11 yards on the opening drive.
*Field position battle early on. Giants and Eagles each have as many punts as completions – two.
6:14 — Fullback Henry Hynoski takes a handoff for a four-yard gain, his second rushing attempt of the season.
2:50 — PLAY UNDER REVIEW: Vick incomplete pass to Jackson. The play was REVERSED. Gain of 11 on the completion.
0:00 — GIANTS 0, EAGLES 0
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0:00 — GIANTS 10, PANTHERS 0 (key stat: Giants offense has gained 158 yards to Panthers’ 56)
3:50 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 47-yarder. NEW YORK 10, CAROLINA 0 (drive: 9 plays, 51 yards in 4:44)
*Tynes is a perfect 6/6 on the season.
4:36 — Manning showing his precision and begins 9 for 10 passing, including rookie Rueben Randle’s first catch of his career (a 4-yard gain).
8:30 — FB Henry Hynoski clears the way for Brown, who powers for another 16 yards on the ground.
9:13 — Jason Pierre-Paul takes down Cam Newton on third down as the quarterback was trying to get to the left edge, forcing the Panthers to punt.
11:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. TE Martellus Bennett catches a 14-yard pass in the end zone from Manning. XP is GOOD. NEW YORK 7, CAROLINA 0 (drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:22)
13:21 — RB Brown, starting in place of Ahmad Bradshaw breaks an arm tackle and breaks down the sideline for 31 yards. First-time starters on offense are making the most of it so far.
14:26 — With the receiving corps banged up, WR Ramses Barden hauls in an early catch for an eight-yard gain.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: CB Corey Webster and G Kevin Boothe in addition to season captains QB Eli Manning, DE Justin Tuck and LS Zak DeOssie. Giants win coin toss, elect to receive. Panthers elect to defend the west goal.
This week’s game will be the seventh regular season meeting between the two teams, with the series tied, 3-3. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Panthers, 31-18, in Week 1 of the 2010 season in the first regular season game in MetLife Stadium.
Kickoff: 8:20 P.M. ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
TV: NFL Network/WPIX 11
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 77 °F, Wind: 3.45 mph/N
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One rush, three yards.
It doesn’t look like a lot on paper, but it was much more than a short gain. It was the first time a Giants fullback had received a handoff since Madison Hedgecock in Week 16 of 2008. It also spoke to a growing confidence that the coaching staff has in Hynoski, now in his second year.
“It was actually a play that I didn’t even run in practice,” Hynoski said. “They called it, I was like, ‘Wait a second, am I supposed to be out here for this?’ But they sent me back out to run it. It was nice to see how they’re developing a little more trust in me to run the ball and do more things out of that one-back set, especially to protect Eli [Manning] and things of that sort. It’s just something I could do and hopefully get more involved with it as we go down the road.”
The rushing attempt came shortly after starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw injured his neck in the second quarter and did not return.
While Andre Brown took over the primary load on the ground, Hynoski was leaned on down the stretch to help the offensive front, which didn’t allow a sack despite Manning dropping back to pass 51 times.
“I think the coaches feel confident in Andre now, especially after his performance here last week,” Hynoski said after Tuesday’s practice, in which Bradshaw did not participate for the second straight day. “David [Wilson] and Da’Rel [Scott] know the offense well. I know more than just fullback. I can play tailback, too, if I need to. And last week, I didn’t even get any two-minute [drill] reps in practice, but I did last week in the game. So I can jump in any moment and play the tailback position if I need to.”
Meanwhile, Hynoski is utilizing every minute of the quick turnaround before Thursday’s game to prepare for the Panthers.
“They have talented linebackers and a good front four,” Hynoski said. “They don’t do anything crazy or anything out of hand. They’re going to line up and play hardnosed football. They’re downhill guys, but we’re downhill guys, too.”
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Tuesday was a players’ day off, but it was also a time to remember the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Eli Manning took the day to help out with the BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald annual Charity Day in New York, which raised approximately $12 million this year to help families of 9/11 as well as provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disaster and emergencies.
“That’s why today is such a special day,” Manning said on WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Morning Show, the broadcast of which originated from yesterday’s event. “So many different charities are affected and helped out. Obviously on the anniversary of 9/11, a terrible event, and how they’ve turned something positive with this day is really special.
“I was in college [when it happened]. I woke up to a radio and they were talking about it and I turned on the TV. The one plane had already crashed and I saw as the second one came in. You can’t imagine it ever happening. You kind of felt like you were watching a movie, like it wasn’t real. You’re like no way is this really happening. I still remember the day. Obviously I wasn’t in New York at the time, I was still in college, but it affected everybody and obviously it was an attack on our country. It was a terrible day, but how they’ve turned this into a charity, taking some positive out of it, is special. A lot of the people affected on that day are being helped today, so that’s a great cause.”
BACK TO FOOTBALL
Meanwhile, Giants players made 14 appearances around the tri-state community — including West Point, Riverside Firehouse, and the New Rochelle Fire Department – to celebrate “Back to Football” and thank community leaders for their service.
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Ready or not, the 2012 NFL preseason is officially underway.
With yesterday’s Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio — where New Orleans beat Arizona, 17-10 – all 32 teams are on the clock and a month away from making it count.
That means the Giants are in game mode this week, having three practices until Friday’s preseason opener in Jacksonville. Kicked off by the induction ceremony on Saturday, it also means former Giants great Michael Strahan is a year away from possible enshrinement.
The NFL’s single-season sack record holder and 2001 Defensive Player of the Year will join the likely pool of candidates along with defensive tackle Warren Sapp, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, and guard Larry Allen. That’s not to mention past nominees, including coach Bill Parcells and wide receiver Cris Carter.
While teams open their gates to the 2012 season and all that unfolds, we’ll wait to see whose busts are unveiled in a year’s time.
It was a proud weekend for University of Pittsburgh football fans and alumni, including Giants fullback Henry Hynoski.
Two of his fellow Panthers – running back Curtis Martin and defensive end Chris Doleman – were enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, bringing the school’s total up to eight players (tied for third among NCAA programs).
“They’re two great players that really exemplify what it takes to be a Pitt Panther,” Hynoski said before Monday’s practice. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and we’re just happy they’re on our side.”
After their respective college careers, Martin (drafted out of Pitt in 1995) became the NFL’s fourth all-time leading rusher at the time of retirement, while Doleman (1985) finished his pro career fourth on the career sack list.
“I never met them personally, but I just heard stories about how great of guys they are and how unbelievable they were when they were there as players – and as people, too,” said Hynoski, whose father, Henry Sr., was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and was drafted as a running back by the Cleveland Browns.
The Hynocerous was a prolific runner himself, finishing sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards in high school.
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