Big Blue Hasn't Had 5 Captains Since 2008

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants, looking to return to the playoffs following a disappointing 2012 campaign, announced their five captains on Thursday afternoon.

Three of them came as no surprise. Longtime Giants Justin Tuck, Eli Manning and Zac DeOssie will remain captains, but they will be joined by two new players in 2013.

Safety Antrel Rolle and guard Chris Snee have also been named captains. This marks the first time since 2008 that Big Blue will have five captains.

The captains were voted on by the players.

“These guys were all elected by the players,” coach Tom Coughlin told the team’s official website. “Am I happy they were selected? Yes, I am, because I think the No. 1  thing is always ‘team.’ And people have to lead by example, first, and ‘well done is better than well said.’ Yet, through the course of the long and difficult, challenging season, you’re going to see an opportunity for people to show what they’re made of in good and bad.

“And that’s where leadership comes from. Adversity, remember, makes you stronger, according to John Wooden.”

The starting quarterback was named captain for the sixth consecutive season. Tuck was named captain for the fourth time and DeOssie was named captain for the third time.

“They have demonstrated over the years — honestly, not just this fall — a true, true interest and concern in the well-being of our team, not their own individual thing,” Coughlin said, according to “I think there’s tremendous growth in each individual. You watch and listen to Antrel, and I think that you know that his heart and mind is in, and has been in for quite some time, the right place.

“I just think they’re guys that work in different ways and have demonstrated exceptional leadership, and have done more than their part. You open the door to the offensive-line room and there’s one guy sitting behind that machine every time you peek in there, and it’s (No.) 76. You know where Eli stands. I think Tuck has come back this fall, and really he’s not been very verbal, but he’s demonstrated and shown good example. And I think that’s really what the challenge was for Justin based on a year ago.

“And Zak has been steady as a captain; this is his third year already. He has been very forthright, and never leaves a stone unturned in terms of what he thinks with regard to his effort on special teams or his contributions in the meeting room.”

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