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As Eric Berry Prepares for His Battle with Cancer, He Has Mark Herzlich in His Corner

December 21st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Back in December of 2009, when then-Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was being honored at the Lott IMPACT Trophy ceremony, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was on hand and he offered Herzlich some kind encouragement.

“I was going through chemo at the time, had a bald head and no eyebrows,” Herzlich told the Kansas City Star. “I remember he was very nice. We talked a lot and he gave me a lot of encouragement. I decided then that I was always going to follow his career.”

Berry would be named to the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons (this one included) with the Kansas City Chiefs, but earlier this month, he received news that no one can ever possibly prepare for: he had cancer; diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

“When I saw on Twitter, I said ’What?’” Herzlich said. “I was surprised, but cancer is something that affects everyone.”

Although Berry's cancer is considered treatable and curable, Herzlich — a survivor of Ewing’s sarcoma — knows all too well that he still has a long and draining road ahead.

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Tiki Barber Offers Public Apology; Thanks New York Giants Organization and Fans

December 21st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Last Sunday, when the New York Giants hosted the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium, the gameday ticket featured retired running back Tiki Barber and celebrated his franchise rushing record (10,449 yards). After seeing the ticket, Barber took to social media to not only thank the Giants organization and their fans, but to also make a public apology.

"Thank you New York Giants and Giants fans! It is an honor to be included on a 90th season/'record holder' ticket," Barber wrote via Instagram.

"It's been eight seasons since I last took the field with the greatest organization in the NFL. While I'm aware of the disconnect with some of you fans and less than a handful within, I want to take a minute to express my gratitude to all of those that allowed me to achieve the greatest accomplishment of my life – becoming a Giant and making an imprint on their storied record book. The Mara and Tisch families, past and present – Giants staff, front office to equipment room – my teammates and coaches and, of course, Big Blue fans. All my respect and appreciation. I'll apologize if it's ever been in doubt, but it has never been so for me. Once a Giant, Always a Giant."

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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin Says TE Jerome Cunningham Earned Roster Spot with “Hard Work”

December 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

With a need at several other areas, it seemed curious that the New York Giants chose to sign a tight end from their practice squad to the 53-man roster earlier this week, especially when you consider that position has been one of their healthiest. But when asked about that decision on Friday, head coach Tom Coughlin had a simple answer: Jerome Cunningham worked his tail off and earned the promotion.

"He’s worked hard, and he’s earned the right to do it," Coughlin said. "He worked very hard; he’s a big, strong body. If we needed a person to help us on special teams, that will be one of the places we could go."

Cunningham has faced long odds to get where he is today, and many dismissed his initial signing as nothing more than a camp body. But as Coughlin alluded to, relentless hard work caught the eye of those who matter, and with only two games remaining in the season, the team decided to reward him for his dedication.

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New York Giants Vs. St. Louis Rams: Week 16 Preview

December 20th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

On Sunday, the New York Giants (5-9) will travel to Missouri to take on the St. Louis Rams (6-8) from the Edward Jones Dome in their second-to-last game of the season. And while it will mark the fourth consecutive week the Giants have played an opponent who was also eliminated from the playoffs, there's likely to be no shortage of emotion and effort.

For the Rams, it will be their final home game of the season and long-time friend of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Jeff Fisher, will be looking to send his team out on a high note. Meanwhile, Coughlin and the Giants will be looking to avoid their first double-digit losing season since 2004.

"The expectation is of a very physical football game," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "Jeff Fisher is an excellent football coach and we’ve played against him for many years."

This year however, Fisher and the Rams sport an incredibly speedy, incredibly effective defensive unit. And in order for Big Blue to walk away with Coach Coughlin's 96th franchise win, a whole lot of things have to go right.

Let's take a look, shall we?

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New York Giants’ Perry Fewell Impressed with Blossoming DT, Johnathan Hankins

December 20th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Daniel Graham

While his defense plans for their game plan against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell let some of his own thoughts flow about the state of his players on Thursday.

Two of the first players mentioned were defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins, a second-year defensive tackle who has shown definite promise at his position so early in his career — and one Fewell hopes to have him as a mainstay on his front four, especially alongside Pierre-Paul, who he feels has a good working relationship with Hankins.

“I think Johnathan Hankins is really coming into his own right now. He’s playing with good strength and power," Fewll said. "He’s playing about 35 to 45 more snaps a game and so with he and JPP working together over there, I think that they feel very comfortable in what they’re doing and how they’re communicating and I just think JPP has turned it up a notch this second half of the season, with the last three, four ball games.

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