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Emotional time for Giants’ Ring of Honor inductees

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks during a news conference to talk about stepping down as head coach on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The three men who will be added to the Giants’ Ring of Honor on Monday night will have different emotions when they see their names unveiled at MetLife Stadium.

Tom Coughlin said he will think about his family.

“I think back to my mother, God bless her, when I was named the head coach of the New York Giants,” Coughlin said on Tuesday. “She was very sick at the time and I had an opportunity to get up to central New York to see her on occasion and I can remember her saying: ‘Thank God for the Giants.’ That is kind of the way I think she would feel today and the way that our family will feel . . . To have the family name along with the 42 great names of what is being recognized as the finest Giants of all time is of real significance to me.”

Coughlin said he will have a large contingent of family at the event, including son-in-law Chris Snee, who already is a member of the Ring of Honor for his time as an All-Pro guard with the Giants.

Defensive end Justin Tuck said he will think about his teammates.

“Every time I look up there, I’ll never really think of myself in that same category as Michael Strahan or LT [Lawrence Taylor], so on and so forth,” Tuck said. “What I’ll always think of when I look up in those rafters is guys like Dave Tollefson, Corey Webster, Rich Seubert, all the names of guys that helped me along the way. You don’t make plays in football by yourself. You could be the best athlete in the world. You have 10 guys that create opportunities for you to do what you do. You’re just another guy. I’ll always look at Justin Tuck in those rafters and think of all the other names of guys that helped me along the way.”

Former general manager Ernie Accorsi, meanwhile, said he will think about his predecessor.

“It means a lot to me and it means even more that I’ll be up there with George Young.,” Accorsi said. “Without George Young, I’d never have come to New York. He brought me here and I have a great feeling of respect and gratitude for George.”

It was Young who hired Accorsi away from the Orioles to be one of his assistants with the Giants.

“I don’t know if I would have left that Orioles job, at my age at that point, if it wouldn’t have been the Giants and it wouldn’t have been George,” Accorsi said.

After Monday, any time any of the three enters MetLife Stadium, he’ll be able to point up to his name and his place in Giants lore.

“I’ve been around a million stadiums and have seen those names there, and their immortal players and coaches,” Accorsi said of other teams’ rings of honor. “To be up there with that kind of group of people is overwhelming. It’s not something I ever dreamed of.”


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