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New York Giants Thursday Morning Storylines: Steve Tisch Donates $10M to Studying Youth Concussions

May 29th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Thursday, New York Giants fans! As organized team activities (OTAs) enter their second day, there will be media access and, obviously, a great bit of detail and news. So as we gear up for a busy day, why not kick back with your morning coffee over the following non-OTA headlines?

Why Tiki Barber Was the Reason Giants' Prince Amukamara and Teammates Attended Bar Mitzvah

On Monday, we brought you videos of Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara getting down at a Bar Mitzvah. What we didn't share was why he was there.

It turns out former Giant Tiki Barber is responsible…and there were other Giants in attendance.

TMZ spoke to Amukamara, who said he was joined by fullback Henry Hynoski, cornerback Walter Thurman, as well as ex-Giants including running backs Ahmad Bradshaw, Ottis Anderson and wideout Stephen Baker. The site noted Barber runs a site called Thuzio, where anyone can hire current and former athletes to make appearances for a price (Amukamara is listed at $6,250, for example, but lunch or dinner with him will cost just $3,750).

Giants Punter Steve Weatherford Getting Ready for Bayonne Prom

Steve Weatherford is gearing up — but not for a football game.

The New York Giants punter Tweeted a photo of himself getting fitted for the tuxedo that he will sport when he accompanies a Bayonne High School student to the school's prom on June 6.

Private Donors Commit $65 Million to Studying Youth Concussions

With the focus on concussions in young athletes intensifying across the nation, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a raft of initiatives aimed at preventing mild traumatic brain injury and improving its diagnosis and treatment in children.

Readying for a White House event Thursday focusing on youth sports and brain safety, officials announced a fresh commitment of $65 million in private funds to boost clinical and scientific work.

In addition to $30 million from the NCAA and a new pledge of $25 million from the NFL for separate endeavors, a $10-million gift to UCLA from Hollywood executive and New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch will help get a national tracking system for concussions off the ground.

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Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Football, Henry Hynoski, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ottis Anderson, Prince Amukamara, Stephen Baker, Steve Tisch, Steve Weatherford, Tiki Barber

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3 Responses to “New York Giants Thursday Morning Storylines: Steve Tisch Donates $10M to Studying Youth Concussions”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Good for Tisch. Unless mothers around the country are convinced that little Johnny won’t suffer permanent brain damage playing football (which will only be the case if age restrictions are in place, helmets get better, “heads up” tackling is required all the way through high school, and post-concussion play is severely restricted so most kids who get even a mild one will play no longer that season) the sport is in serious trouble.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t think early camp lineups necessarily presage much, but OF COURSE Walton was going to start off as the #1 center. If he’s healthy there’s no way he wouldn’t be the incumbent, at least in June.

    I’m happily surprised that Brewer is starting off at left tackle because it wouldn’t have been that big a leap to switch Pugh over or have Brown or Mosley start off there (or more likely, start one of them on the right side as Pugh moved over) while waiting to see what Beatty will do. So Flaherty and McAdoo must think the kid is finally ready to compete for that position. Given how awful he looked until the latter part of last season I consider that a serious imprimatur granted by the coaches. Wouldn’t it be ironic if after all Jerry Reese proves right, that the combination of size and quick feet makes this kid an ideal NFL tackle? That would make all of us look pretty damned stupid after everyone has written him off.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    I would gladly partake in a large slice of humble pie if Brewer turns out to be a left tackle. And if he even displays the talent to actually make contact with the man he’s assigned to block.

    He whiffed more than I did in my first year of single A ball. He looked slow and awkward playing guard.

    I think he’s there because the staff wants to know once and for all what he has.
    Brown was by all accounts a complete disaster at left tackle for the Saints.
    If Brewer were to develop a mean streak and utilize his size I think he’d be an ideal right tackle. So absent a nasty attitude and agility he is what he was coming out of school. The Giants Holy Grail an ideal height, weight player with questionable agility and (meek) intangibles. AKA project.

    For me, he struck out way too much when attempting to engage defensive linemen from the snap. Putting him on Eli’s blind side would surely spell doom. But listen, I’m not an OL coach. So hopefully Brewer takes advantage of his opportunity and proves everyone wrong.

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