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Mark Herzlich LB 6-4, 246 Boston College Overcame (Credit: AP)

Mark Herzlich
LB 6-4, 246 Boston College
Overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that forced him to miss the entire 2009 college season.

Meet the Giants

Get to know each member of the 2012 Giants' active playoff roster.

Prince Amukamara CB 6-0, 207 Nebraska Family comes
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Prince Amukamara
CB 6-0, 207 Nebraska
Family comes from royal bloodlines in Nigeria. First-round draft pick had 14 tackles, one interception in seven games.

David Baas C 6-4, 312 Michigan Born in
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David Baas
C 6-4, 312 Michigan
Born in a bank parking lot. With no time to get to a hospital, his father delivered him in the family Datsun.

Jake Ballard TE 6-6, 275 Ohio State A
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Jake Ballard
TE 6-6, 275 Ohio State
A four-year letterman in basketball at Springboro (Ohio) High School in addition to being nation’s No. 8 tight end prospect.

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Ramses Barden WR 6-6, 224 Cal Poly Had
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Ramses Barden
WR 6-6, 224 Cal Poly
Had 11 consecutive games with a touchdown in 2008, tying NCAA record set by Randy Moss at Marshall in 1996.

Travis Beckum TE 6-3, 234 Wisconsin Suffered broken
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Travis Beckum
TE 6-3, 234 Wisconsin
Suffered broken leg as a Badger during a 27-17 win over Illinois, ending his senior season.

Rocky Bernard DT 6-3, 301 Texas A&M Has
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Rocky Bernard
DT 6-3, 301 Texas A&M
Has 32 career sacks, the third-most of current Giants, behind Osi Umen yiora (69) and Justin Tuck (45.5).

Chase Blackburn LB 6-4, 242 Akron Was elected
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Chase Blackburn
LB 6-4, 242 Akron
Was elected special teams captain by his Giants teammates in 2010, his sixth season with the team.

Will Blackmon CB 6-0, 206 Boston College His
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Will Blackmon CB 6-0, 206 Boston College
His 2,700 career kickoff return yards in college are 22 yards shy of the Division I-A record.

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Michael Boley LB 6-3, 230 Southern Miss Recorded
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Michael Boley
LB 6-3, 230 Southern Miss
Recorded his only sack of the 2009 season while playing against his former team, the Falcons, for the first time.

Kevin Boothe G 6-5, 320 Cornell One of
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Kevin Boothe
G 6-5, 320 Cornell
One of two current Giants who played in the Ivy League. The other is Zak DeOssie of Brown.

Ahmad Bradshaw RB 5-10, 214 Marshall The 18th
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Ahmad Bradshaw
RB 5-10, 214 Marshall
The 18th and final RB drafted in 2007 became one of only three to rush for 1,000 yards (Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch).

James Brewer T 6-6, 330 Indiana Gave up
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James Brewer
T 6-6, 330 Indiana
Gave up football during his sophomore and junior seasons in high school so he could concentrate on basketball.

Chris Canty DT 6-7, 317 Virginia Motivational speaker
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Chris Canty
DT 6-7, 317 Virginia
Motivational speaker who was named 2011 United Way Man of the Year. His mother is an ordained Methodist minister.

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David Carr QB 6-3, 212 Fresno State First
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David Carr

QB 6-3, 212 Fresno State
First pick of 2002 draft makes Giants second team in history to have two QBs on the same roster who were No. 1 selections.

Jim Cordle C 6-3, 320 Ohio State Proposed
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Jim Cordle
C 6-3, 320 Ohio State
Proposed to his girlfriend during his speech at the Buckeyes’ annual football banquet in 2009.

Victor Cruz WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts LeBron James
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Victor Cruz
WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts
LeBron James tweet on 8/16/10: “Victor Cruz going nuts on the Jets tonight on #MNF. Undrafted rookie from UMass. He’s gonna have a job this year for sure.”

Zak DeOssie LS 6-4, 249 Brown His father,
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Zak DeOssie
LS 6-4, 249 Brown
His father, Steve, played for Giants from 1989-93. Became first father and son to win the Super Bowl with the same team.

David Diehl G 6-5, 304 Illinois Donated the
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David Diehl
G 6-5, 304 Illinois
Donated the largest strength and conditioning center for football players in the country to his alma mater.

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Deon Grant S 6-2, 215 Tennessee Has not
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Deon Grant
S 6-2, 215 Tennessee
Has not missed a game in the last 11 seasons, playing in 176 consecutive regular-season contests.

Mark Herzlich LB 6-4, 246 Boston College Overcame
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Mark Herzlich
LB 6-4, 246 Boston College
Overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that forced him to miss the entire 2009 college season.

Henry Hynoski FB 6-1, 266 Pittsburgh Sixth in
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Henry Hynoski
FB 6-1, 266 Pittsburgh
Sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards in high school. Father, Henry Sr., played for Browns in 1975.

Brandon Jacobs RB 6-4, 264 So. Illinois Scored
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Brandon Jacobs
RB 6-4, 264 So. Illinois
Scored his 56th career rushing TD against Cowboys on Dec. 11 to surpass Tiki Barber as franchise leader.

Jerrel Jernigan WR 5-8, 189 Troy One of
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Jerrel Jernigan
WR 5-8, 189 Troy
One of three active Giants to attend Troy, along with Osi Umenyiora and Lawrence Tynes.

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Greg Jones LB 6-0, 248 Michigan State Second
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Greg Jones
LB 6-0, 248 Michigan State
Second player in Spartans history to lead team in tackles four times in his career. His 465 career tackles rank third in school history.

Linval Joseph DT 6-4, 323 East Carolina Captured
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Linval Joseph
DT 6-4, 323 East Carolina
Captured Florida State weightlifting championship with a 415-pound bench press as a junior in high school.

Jimmy KennedyDT 6-4, 320 Penn State Owns a
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Jimmy Kennedy
DT 6-4, 320 Penn State
Owns a real estate company that redevelops and constructs houses for affordable home ownership opportunities.

Mathias Kiwanuka LB 6-5, 267 Boston College His
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Mathias Kiwanuka
LB 6-5, 267 Boston College
His grandfather, Benedicto, was elected the first prime minister of Uganda in 1961 and was assassinated in 1972.

Eli Manning QB 6-4, 218 Mississippi Last name
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Eli Manning
QB 6-4, 218 Mississippi
Last name is well known, his full first name is Elisha, which is his father’s middle name.

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Mario Manningham WR 6-0, 185 Michigan His cousin,
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Mario Manningham
WR 6-0, 185 Michigan
His cousin, Bubba Paris, won three Super Bowls with the 49ers as an offensive lineman from 1983-90.

Derrick Martin DB 5-10, 198 Wyoming Founded the
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Derrick Martin
DB 5-10, 198 Wyoming
Founded the Derrick Martin Foundation, which helps underprivileged youth, including kids in single-parent homes.

Kareem McKenzie T 6-6, 330 Penn State Captain
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Kareem McKenzie
T 6-6, 330 Penn State
Captain of his high school track and field team, competing in the discus and shot put.

Hakeem Nicks WR 6-1, 208 North Carolina Has
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Hakeem Nicks
WR 6-1, 208 North Carolina
Has a hand span of 10.5 inches and wears size 4XL gloves.

Bear Pascoe TE 6-5, 283 Fresno St. First
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Bear Pascoe
TE 6-5, 283 Fresno St.
First name is McKenna, nicknamed Bear as a toddler because of his size. Grew up on a cattle ranch and is a champion roper.

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Spencer Paysinger LB 6-2, 236 Oregon Put up
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Spencer Paysinger
LB 6-2, 236 Oregon
Put up 1,182 pounds in clean, squat and bench lifts at Oregon, making him the third strongest player in total weight lifted.

Mitch Petrus G 6-3, 315 Arkansas Enrolled at
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Mitch Petrus
G 6-3, 315 Arkansas
Enrolled at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences as an agricultural business major.

Kenny Phillips S 6-2, 217 Miami Drafted in
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Kenny Phillips
S 6-2, 217 Miami
Drafted in the first round in 2008, his selection capped a 14-year run of Miami Hurricanes being selected in the first round. That streak began in 1995 with Warren Sapp.

Jason Pierre-Paul DE 6-5, 278 South Florida Didn’t
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Jason Pierre-Paul
DE 6-5, 278 South Florida
Didn’t play football until his junior season in high school and didn’t tell his mother out of fear she wouldn’t allow him to play.

Antrel Rolle S 6-0, 206 Miami Scored the
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Antrel Rolle
S 6-0, 206 Miami
Scored the first postseason defensive touchdown in Cardinals history on a 27-yard fumble return against Atlanta in 2009.

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Aaron Ross CB 6-0, 190 Texas Married to
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Aaron Ross
CB 6-0, 190 Texas
Married to Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards, who won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x400 meter relay team in 2008.

Tyler Sash S 6-0, 215 Iowa Ranks fourth
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Tyler Sash
S 6-0, 215 Iowa
Ranks fourth on the Big Ten career list with 392 yards gained via interception returns.

Da’Rel Scott RB 5-11, 210 Maryland Clocked the
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Da’Rel Scott
RB 5-11, 210 Maryland
Clocked the fastest time in the 40 among running backs at the 2011 combine (4.34 seconds).

Chris Snee G 6-3, 305 Boston College Started
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Chris Snee
G 6-3, 305 Boston College
Started dating Kate Coughlin, Tom’s daughter, while the two were at Boston College. They are now married with three children.

Devin Thomas WR 6-2, 221 Michigan State Starred
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Devin Thomas
WR 6-2, 221 Michigan State
Starred in R&B artist and American Idol winner Fantasia’s music video, “Bittersweet” in 2010.

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Dave Tollefson played five years with the Giants
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Dave Tollefson played five years with the Giants and won two Super Bowl rings.

Justin Trattou DE 6-4, 255 Florida Friend and
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Justin Trattou
DE 6-4, 255 Florida
Friend and former high school teammate of Phil Simms’ son, Matt.

Justin Tuck DE 6-5, 268 Notre Dame Cousins
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Justin Tuck
DE 6-5, 268 Notre Dame
Cousins with two-time Pro Bowler Adalius Thomas, who played for the Ravens and Patriots.

Lawrence Tynes PK 6-1, 194 Troy The NFL’s
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Lawrence Tynes
PK 6-1, 194 Troy
The NFL’s first Scottish-born player. His father, a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy, met his mother in Scotland.

Tony Ugoh T 6-5, 301 Arkansas His parents
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Tony Ugoh
T 6-5, 301 Arkansas
His parents are originally from Nigeria.

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Osi Umenyiora DE 6-3, 255 Troy Full name
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Osi Umenyiora
DE 6-3, 255 Troy
Full name is Ositadimma. Lived in Nigeria for seven years and was made a chief in the Nigerian village of Okbunike in 2007.

D.J. Ware RB 6-0, 225 Georgia Rushed for
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D.J. Ware
RB 6-0, 225 Georgia
Rushed for 1,009 yards as a senior at Rockmart (Ga.) High School, where he was a team captain and two-time MVP.

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