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Jernigan ready to start things off right

New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan flips

New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan flips in the air after getting hit during the first half. (Jan. 8, 2012) Credit: AP

There’s a pretty good chance that Jerrel Jernigan will be the first player to touch the football in Super Bowl XLVI. At least with his hands if the Giants receive the opening kickoff and he is back to return it. Has he been thinking about that moment?

“Without a doubt,” the rookie said. “Being the first to touch the ball if we get the ball first, there’ll be a lot of lights flashing, it’ll be crazy. It’ll be awesome.”

Jernigan said there’s really nothing he can do to prepare for that twinkling of lights (what we used to call “flash bulbs” but which are now mostly LED blinks from digital cameras and cell phone cameras).

“Ain’t nothing going to distract me,” he said. “I’m focused on one thing and one thing only and that’s the ball in the air.”

Only one player has taken the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl for a touchdown: Devin Hester of the Bears against the Colts in Super Bowl XLI. Could there possibly be a better way for Jernigan to start this Super Bowl?

“I don’t think so,” he said.


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