Coin Toss Snub: Patriots’ Vince Wilfork Leaves Justin Tuck Hangin’

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Hey Vince Wilfork, don’t leave me hangin’!

After New York called — and lost — the coin toss at Lucas Oil Stadium, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck extended his hand across referee John Parry toward the Patriots.

Only New England’s big nose tackle wouldn’t have any of it.

Tuck eventually gave up on Wilfork, his first choice, and instead slapped five with cornerback Devin McCourty and guard Logan Mankins.

Wilfork  turned and pumped his fist as he stalked toward the Patriots’ sideline.

Wilfork’s snub — shown on television across the globe — may have been the first hard hit Sunday. But the Giants got a measure of revenge shortly thereafter when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was called for intentional grounding in the end zone — good for the first two points of Super Bowl XLVI.

And, of course, the Giants had the last laugh by beating the Patriots 21-17.

Why would he leave Tuck hanging? Was it all the pre-game chatter from New York? Bad feelings left over from New England’s loss to the Giants four years ago in Super Bowl XLII?

Until Sunday, the NFC had won 14 straight coin tosses at the Super Bowl.

What did you make of Wilfork’s non-shake? Sound off below…

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  1. charlie says:

    Maybe fatboys arms couldn’t extend past his stomach. Someone should tell em to stop eatin all that McDonalds happy meals!

  2. ERIC says:

    CLASSLESS UNSPORTSMAN LIKE ANOTHER LOW DOWN DISGRACE JUST SHOWS THAT ITS NOT JUST THE COACH THAT IS CLASSLESS
    PLAYERS FOLLOW SUIT THE NFL PROTECTS THESE PLAYERS LIKE MAKING A TOM BRADY RULE NOBODY CAN TOUCH HIM OR THEY GET PENELIZED

  3. jery matt says:

    Never have I liked primadona’s in sports. Patriots? The whole outfit thinks the superbowl belonged to them. All the news has ben about their horrible losing, not the Giants wining. Go figure!!!

    1. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

      They can “think” it all they want. But we should them…not once, but twice…that we’re their Daddy!

      1. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

        *showed not should…damn autocorrect!

  4. Al Bo says:

    Just shows how important upbringing is in life. Classless jerk went to Miami and classy gentleman went to Notre Dame. Enough said.

  5. John Kerry says:

    Wilfork? Yeah, he’s an important contributor. Another overpaid classless loser.

  6. Zsazsa says:

    Just the opposite Joe. Don’t ok disrespectful behavior with respect. I think Denise did the right thing.

  7. Pats Fan says:

    I noticed that last night. I went backwards on the DVR, because I thought that I missed something. You have thousands of kids watching this game and adults can’t be sportsmen. Thank God there are the Tucks and Mannings in the NFL. There is a classy side to the game.

    Tuck and Manning then went over to the Hall of Fame Players and shook their hands with no urgency to get off the field. Sincere classy individuals.

    Please note: The Patriot Players could have shook the hands prior to the toss. I did not see it.

    Please don’t lump all the Patriot Fans in the same group.

  8. SAL SPOTO says:

    WILFORK SHOULD BE FINED BY THE NFL
    for displaying poor sportsmanship
    in front of the whole world.

    1. Steve Connor says:

      Thats his choice as a player and a person. The game is played on the field.

      1. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

        And the Giants showed them “on the field” how to be respectful!

  9. bigdog says:

    That classless act just set the table for what was eventually to come. in hindsight Wilpork probably wishes he had now…

  10. E says:

    Not only did Wilfork snub all the Giants captains, none of the Patriots went and shook hands with the Hall of Famers. It was completely classless. I’m all for competition and being ready for a game, but having respect for others goes far above anything else.

  11. jim says:

    Tuck’s hands were left empty, so that he could hold the TROPHY!….rvenge is best served bold…..

  12. Denise Smith says:

    I was for the Patriots but when I saw the snub I immediately changed my mind. Where was the sportsmanship, I am glad the Giants won?!

    1. JoeG says:

      Denise,
      You didn’t even know which two teams were involved until this morning’s news. As classless as it was, if you’d turn on your team just for that, they haven’t lost much of a fan…

  13. darkknight says:

    well when he did that
    i knew then at that time the Giants defense would take that out on the pats!

  14. Vincent in Brooklyn says:

    Classless cheaters don’t deserve any success.

  15. Christie: the Governor that ate NJ says:

    The Pats showed they had no class…but the Giants showed them what a winner looks like!

  16. Ilene Brown Cohn says:

    Good sportsmanship…those uppity Patsies.

  17. cowboy fan says:

    Patriots are arrogant losers once again…

    Eat it Brady…

    Cowboy Fan Rooting for NY that is saying something….

    1. Craig says:

      It sure does…

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