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Faith helps Tuck cope

Justin Tuck takes a break at the Giants

Justin Tuck takes a break at the Giants training camp. (Aug. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

If you follow Justin Tuck on Twitter, you may have noticed lately that he’s been citing Bible verses and making statements about his faith. A big reason for that is because of the difficult month he’s having with the loss of not only his grandfather Leroy Tuck on Aug. 22 but his uncle Gregory Tuck on Sept. 18.

Tuck opened up a little bit about those losses and dealing with them as a professional football player on Thursday, and you can read that article here. But it’s his faith, he said, that has really helped him through this difficult stretch.

“I understand everything happens for a reason,” he said. “Sometimes it’s to benefit you … It’s just tough sometimes. Sometimes (your faith) is the only thing you have. My family is always going to be there, but we’re human. My mother is not going to be there every day, my father is not going to be there every day. For me, that’s one thing that’s going to last.”

Tuck said he doesn’t have a favorite verse or passage that he’s relied on. “I’m all over the place,” he said. “There are a lot of them.”

His teammates and coaches have also been there to help him along. Perry Fewell, who is also a man of faith, said he normally speaks with his defensive captain one-on-one often during the season, but in recent weeks he’s done so even more as they discuss the personal challenges Tuck is going through.

“This too shall pass,” Fewell said about his message to Tuck. “The Lord has a reason He does things and you don’t ask why, but this is part of life and part of pushing through life. So we have conversations such as that.”


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