Justin Tuck: I want to retire a Giant

(L-R) Michael Boley, Justin Tuck and Kenny Phillips

(L-R) Michael Boley, Justin Tuck and Kenny Phillips look on during the first half of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Sept. 16, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Justin Tuck said on Monday he’d love nothing better than to retire as a Giant. And after a season in which he recaptured the form that made him one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, it looks as if it’s possible he’ll get his wish.

Tuck, who finished with 11 sacks (his most since 2010), goes into the off-season as an unrestricted free agent. But he already has a meeting scheduled with team officials on Monday afternoon, and it sounds as if a new contract can be worked out.

“I would love to retire as a Giant. Everyone knows how great this place is and how great this organization is, these fans, this city, this region and that’s the ideal [situation],” he said. “But I understand that football is a business and just like the Giants are going to assess this whole situation and do what’s best for the team, I have to do the same for myself. But I have no doubt that we’ll sit down and take our time and hopefully make something happen.”

Tuck, who turns 31 in March, had battled through injuries the previous two years but led the team in sacks this season.

“I love the game of football,” he said. “Unfortunately, when I was hurt a couple years back, you realize how much you miss being in the locker room and miss the camaraderie of your teammates in the locker room . . . I’m nowhere in a rush to call it quits or even think about it. As long as I’m playing great and helping the team win football games and still have the passion to go out there and play every down.” 

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