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Justin Tuck: Political differences not an issue in locker room

Justin Tuck addresses the media at his retirement

Justin Tuck addresses the media at his retirement announcement at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday, May 6, 2016. Credit: George McNish

Justin Tuck said not even politics can fracture the bond of the NFL locker room.

“There’s a lot of guys I played with that we’re not going to vote for the same people today, on Election Day,” Tuck said on Tuesday. “Being outside of football, I vote or look differently than they do. That’s fine, that’s the democracy that we live in. Our kids might not be on a play date, or our wives and us may not go out and have dinner every Saturday night. That’s fine. In the locker room sense, I think we all come together for the same common goals. We were able to take those differences and put them aside for the common goal. That was to be able to win football games.”

Tuck will be added to the Giants’ Ring of Honor on Monday night. One of the main reasons is the leadership he brought to the team during his tenure.

He still believes in the philosophies that helped him and the Giants win two Super Bowls.

“Once you step in that locker room, everyone’s goal is the common goal,” he said. “When you’re outside of the locker room there is a lot of other factors that go into it. When you step in that locker room, everyone’s goals should be helping the guy next to him get a win on Sunday.”

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