For many members of the New York Giants, Sunday's 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins may have been their last with the team. For others, like offensive lineman David Diehl, it may very well have been their final game in the NFL. And during his postgame interview, Diehl certainly sounded like a man who was saying goodbye for the final time.
"To be out here to play the last game was very important for me because this could be the last time I wear a Giants’ jersey and a helmet, or it could be the last time I play football in general," Diehl said. "This was my last year on my contract and number one, to be blessed to have the opportunity that I can walk away on my own terms if I decide to, that’s huge. Not many guys in the NFL can do that."
Although Diehl didn't specifically say he was leaning one way or another, he spoke in the past tense and openly admitted that a retirement decision would come sometime over the next couple of week.
"I’m proud and I’m honored to be a New York Giant and be here for over a decade," Diehl added. "Here in the next couple of weeks, I’ll spend some time with my daughter and enjoy the time and make the decision if this is my last game or not. I can walk away from this game, if that’s my decision, with my head held high."
Whether or not he retires, Diehl is still facing an offseason surgery on his right thumb — the same thumb that needed surgery back in August and caused him to miss a few games early in the season.
Should this be it for Diehl, fans would be best served to view his entire body of work with the Giants and not so much the last couple of seasons. Ultimately, Diehl was a tremendous Giant, a pillar in the community and a leader on two Super Bowl championship teams. He's earned the right to be remembered fondly and should be appreciated for an incredible Big Blue career.
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