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Eli, Tuck, Cruz to appear on 'America's Game' on Sept. 4

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants defeated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (Feb. 5, 2012) Credit: Getty

The Giants’ starring turn on “America’s Game,” the NFL Films series that takes an in-depth look at Super Bowl champions, will debut on the NFL Network on Sept. 4, the day before the regular-season opener. Alec Baldwin will narrate it and Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz and Tom Coughlin are interviewed for the show.

Here are some quotes from the production to get you ready for the big premiere.

“It probably changes the way I’m viewed. I don’t think it changes the way I view myself. It doesn’t change the way I’m going to improve as a player to make sure I give my teammates and the new guys that will come be a part of this team an opportunity to have those same experiences.” – Manning on winning his second Super Bowl

“I was worried about that slot position [and] who was going to fill that role. I knew we had a couple of guys who were going to compete for it, but I didn’t know if anyone would be as good as what Steve Smith was able to produce for us the last couple of years.” – Manning on Steve Smith signing with the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 2011 season

“There was a little voice in the back of my mind that was telling me in this league, chances come few and far between, and if you don’t take advantage of them they can slip away just as fast as they came. Thank God I got another opportunity.” – Cruz on the first two games of the 2011 season prior to the Week 3 breakout game against Philadelphia

“I [said], ‘We found our guy.’ There are some things that other guys might do better, but when you get the ball in his hands, he makes special things happen.” – Manning on Cruz’s performance against the Eagles

“Rex [Ryan], him saying all of those things [before the game], I didn’t necessarily care about. But covering up our Super Bowls? That’s different.” – Tuck on Jets covering up the Giants’ Super Bowl murals at MetLife Stadium the day of the game

“If you wanted to define the defining moment in the season when things really came together and took off, that was it right there. From that point on, we started to combine confidence with cohesiveness, with intelligence, with masterful play.” – Coughlin on Victor Cruz’s 99-yard touchdown against the Jets

“We thrive in people not giving us a shot. We went through the most adversity this year of any team. That made us that much stronger. We were all in and we were going to lay it on the line for what it was worth. When the dust cleared and the last man was standing, we expected it to be us.” – Tuck


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