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Exhausted Giants relishing break before Super Bowl XLVI

Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants runs

Antrel Rolle of the New York Giants runs with the ball after making an interception in the second quarter against Greg Jennings and Scott Wells of the Green Bay Packers. (Jan. 15, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Last week the Giants couldn’t wait to play the 49ers. Jason Pierre-Paul said that he was ready to do so the minute they beat the Packers and others noted that it felt like a long week of waiting for the NFC Championship Game to roll around.

Now they have two weeks to wait until Super Bowl XLVI. That must be killing them, no?

Actually, a few are relishing the break.

“I have to be honest with you, I’m not too antsy,” said Antrel Rolle, whose very first words at his first Super Bowl press conference on Tuesday were an unprintable expletive mumbled under his breath but audible enough to show just how tired he was. “This last stretch has been an exhausting one, a lot of hard work. You’re just putting everything to the side for these five games, which was very much needed. It took a lot of mental space, as well as physical pounding and doing whatever it took to get to this point. And you know, once we’re here, we’re not going to stop now. So I’m going to enjoy this little time off, and once we come back to work on Thursday, I will be ready and full speed.”

Rolle was so exhausted, he said he was asleep on the team flight home from California before the wheels were up. Justin Tuck also looked drained and said he had gotten no sleep since arriving home from San Francisco in the early morning hours of Monday.

Thursday is the Giants’ first Super Bowl practice, when they’ll begin the installation of the gameplan for the Patriots. Expect them to be wide aware for that one.

“Like I said, it all starts in practice,” Rolle said.

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