Giants Defensive End Focusing Mind On The Prize

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Banged-up and grieving, Justin Tuck contemplated retirement during the 2011 season.

Consider it all behind him. The Giants defensive end now says he’s nowhere near calling it a career.

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“I’m in no way, shape, form or fashion, even close to retirement,” Tuck told Tara Sullivan of the Bergen Record.

Tuck told the New York Post in 2012 that he thought about retiring at “several points” in 2011, when he battled multiple injuries and grieved the deaths of his grandfather and uncle. The Giants went on to win the Super Bowl that season.

Though currently hampered by a tight back, Tuck is motivated to help Big Blue improve upon last year’s disappointing 9-7 finish.

“I want to keep helping this team,” he said. “That dynasty word gets thrown around and I want to be here.”

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Whether he’ll remain in New York beyond 2013 remains to be seen. Tuck will become a free agent after the season.

Bottom line: the 30-year-old has one more guaranteed shot to win a third championship with the Giants.

“A lot of people ask me why I don’t wear my (Super Bowl) rings,” Tuck told the Record, “and I tell them, ‘I’ve got 10 fingers. Eight of them might get jealous.’”

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