The punter who became famous for wearing a wedding ring during games helped a fan hand out his own this weekend.
Yesterday after practice, punter Steve Weatherford walked off the field and delivered a football to a man named Bryan Wheeler, who in return handed it off to Jacklene Murt.
The inscription on the ball read: “Jacklene, will you marry me? Love, Bryan.”
It did the trick.
“I thought it went great, she said yes,” Weatherford said on Monday. “I don’t know if I’ll get invited to the wedding or not. It was fun. It was very flattering to be requested to do that. It was a lot of fun.”
Weatherford’s own wedding band made headlines in January, when the world saw him wear it as he held Lawrence-Tynes’ game-winning field goal that sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI.
So he was happy to help and explained how it went down.
“I think he contacted our community relations people and requested that the craziest guy on the team help him out,” Weatherford said. “I don’t think he had to look too far down the roster…Obviously whenever you get to do something like that, it’s flattering because it makes you realize how important you are to a lot of people. The guy hopefully, cross your fingers, is only going to get married once, and I was the one to help him get engaged.”
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The Giants wide receivers set out in the postseason to show they can stack up with any other corps around the NFL.
They did a whole lot more en route to the Super Bowl title, and now Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz have everyone’s attention as they join the debate.
The good people at NFL.com put together a list on this very issue, and while the duo came in second, they might just be the best big-play combo in the NFL.
Here’s a look at where they came in, according to NFL.com:
1. Roddy White and Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, New York Giants: The best big-play combination of the NFL.
3. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
4. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles
*In the postseason, Nicks had 28 catches for 444 yards and four touchdowns (long of 72), while Cruz racked up 269 yards and a touchdown on 21 receptions.
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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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He said as much in a USA TODAY article, where Simms, the franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns, reiterated how far Manning has come from the days people questioned him and his coach.
“Here we were five years ago, before the Giants won their first Super Bowl, and all the talk that year was maybe the Giants need to bring another quarterback in and Tom Coughlin’s in trouble,” Simms told USA TODAY Sports.”Now they both absolutely one day will go in the Hall of Fame.
“Eli has been a real clutch quarterback. When you talk about why, never underestimate who he plays for and how he’s been groomed.”
Over the offseason following Super Bowl XLVI, Manning said his arrow is still pointing up and there’s no slowing down anytime soon.
“There’s no doubt his best football is still ahead,” Simms says. “With two Super Bowl MVPs, two game-winning drives in the Super Bowl, his confidence deep inside is as good as anybody’s.
“Now, from proving it so many times on the field, the true Eli is coming out.
>> VIDEO: Can Giants become a dynasty? The “Pardon The Interruption” crew debates on ESPN.
>> Watch the encore presentation of Big Blue Kickoff Live from Training Camp after Wednesday’s rain-shortened day of practice on Giants.com.
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