In what should come as no real surprise, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a four-sack performance against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
The four sacks raised his number of career games with 3+ sacks up to three, joining Michael Strahan (7) and Lawrence Taylor (12) as the only Giants who have ever accomplished such a feat. It was also only the sixth time a member of the Giants has had 4+ sacks in a single game, joining Taylor (twice), Strahan, Pepper Johnson and Osi Umenyiora, who recorded six sacks against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007.
“It was an amazing performance from him and I told him how happy I was for him,” Umenyiora told Newsday, admitting he sent Tuck a congratulatory text following the game.
The four sacks was a career high for Tuck, who had only 2 1/2 going into the game.
Following the big game, Tuck was peppered with questions about his future and whether or not retirement was on the table. Short answer? It's not.
"Oh, I’m definitely not retiring. I definitely will continue to play," Tuck said recently. "My body feels great. I definitely have a huge passion for the game, and we’ll see where everything stacks up at the end of the year."
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