It's been nearly four months since Justin Tuck signed with the Oakland Raiders, but despite going through the offseason workout program with his new team, the veteran defensive end is still adjusting to his new surroundings. And after nine seasons as a member of the New York Giants, being allowed to walk is still a difficult pill for him to swallow.
While attending the Newark Mentoring Movement golf outing at Liberty National, Tuck admitted that he remains surprised things didn't workout between he and the Giants, but adds there are no hard feelings.
"I am still surprised I'm not a New York Giant," Tuck told The Star-Ledger. "I did everything I was supposed to do, the right way. It wasn't meant to be. You don't hold any grudges, you're not mad at anyone. Hey, God has put you in a new place. It's kind of a breath of fresh air to start somewhere new.
"You reminisce the good times and the bad ones you learned from and you try and take that into the next chapter."
Perhaps more shocking than his departure from the Giants has been the Giant fans, Tuck says. Not necessarily the ones who have verbally assaulted him via Twitter, calling him a traitor, but rather the supremely loyal ones who have told him the team made a tremendous mistake in letting him walk.
"The only thing weird is when you see Giants fans who have a tendency to tell you how stupid [the team] is," Tuck added. "Those are their words, not mine. But yeah, it was weird. You spend nine years in one place. You have a lot of success there and a lot of great friends. So yeah, it's going to be weird but I understand the business side of things and you need to move forward."
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