In their history, the New York Giants are 4-1 in the Super Bowl. Their sole loss came following the 2000 season when they were defeated (see: manhandled) by the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. And for former Giants safety Sam Garnes, who is now the assistant secondary coach for the Denver Broncos, he wants his players to understand their trip to New York for Super Bowl XLVIII is no vacation.
"I tell my players, we're not interested in having fun for two weeks between the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl," Garnes said on Tuesday. "We want to have a great time for several months [afterward]."
Garnes has shared his story of heartbreak with the team, telling them that the elation of an AFC Championship Game fades away rapidly if they come up short in the Super Bowl. It was a very difficult lesson for him to learn, and one retired defensive end Michael Strahan also alluded to when speaking to the Giants leading up to Super Bowl XLII.
Still, Garnes says, there's something special about returning to the Big Game as a coach. Something that's only multiplied by the fact that he's returning home — to a city he loves and one he proudly represented for all seven years of his NFL career (five with the Giants, two with the Jets).
"Selfishly, I wanted to be here, and I will admit that, because this is a place I love. All my players and coaches, they know much I love where I’m from," Garnes added. "To come back to your home area and be a part of the Super Bowl is a great feeling."
The thrill aside, Garnes still has one hope: to walk away from Super Bowl XLVIII with a better feeling than he did from Super Bowl XXXV.
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