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Mark Herzlich LB 6-4, 246 Boston College Overcame

Mark Herzlich
LB 6-4, 246 Boston College
Overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that forced him to miss the entire 2009 college season.
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Get to know each member of the 2012 Giants' active playoff roster.

Prince Amukamara CB 6-0, 207 Nebraska Family comes
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Prince Amukamara
CB 6-0, 207 Nebraska
Family comes from royal bloodlines in Nigeria. First-round draft pick had 14 tackles, one interception in seven games.

David Baas C 6-4, 312 Michigan Born in
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David Baas
C 6-4, 312 Michigan
Born in a bank parking lot. With no time to get to a hospital, his father delivered him in the family Datsun.

Jake Ballard TE 6-6, 275 Ohio State A
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Jake Ballard
TE 6-6, 275 Ohio State
A four-year letterman in basketball at Springboro (Ohio) High School in addition to being nation’s No. 8 tight end prospect.

Ramses Barden WR 6-6, 224 Cal Poly Had
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Ramses Barden
WR 6-6, 224 Cal Poly
Had 11 consecutive games with a touchdown in 2008, tying NCAA record set by Randy Moss at Marshall in 1996.

Travis Beckum TE 6-3, 234 Wisconsin Suffered broken
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Travis Beckum
TE 6-3, 234 Wisconsin
Suffered broken leg as a Badger during a 27-17 win over Illinois, ending his senior season.

Rocky Bernard DT 6-3, 301 Texas A&M Has
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Rocky Bernard
DT 6-3, 301 Texas A&M
Has 32 career sacks, the third-most of current Giants, behind Osi Umen yiora (69) and Justin Tuck (45.5).

Chase Blackburn LB 6-4, 242 Akron Was elected
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Chase Blackburn
LB 6-4, 242 Akron
Was elected special teams captain by his Giants teammates in 2010, his sixth season with the team.

Will Blackmon CB 6-0, 206 Boston College His
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Will Blackmon CB 6-0, 206 Boston College
His 2,700 career kickoff return yards in college are 22 yards shy of the Division I-A record.

Michael Boley LB 6-3, 230 Southern Miss Recorded
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Michael Boley
LB 6-3, 230 Southern Miss
Recorded his only sack of the 2009 season while playing against his former team, the Falcons, for the first time.

Kevin Boothe G 6-5, 320 Cornell One of
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Kevin Boothe
G 6-5, 320 Cornell
One of two current Giants who played in the Ivy League. The other is Zak DeOssie of Brown.

Ahmad Bradshaw RB 5-10, 214 Marshall The 18th
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Ahmad Bradshaw
RB 5-10, 214 Marshall
The 18th and final RB drafted in 2007 became one of only three to rush for 1,000 yards (Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch).

James Brewer T 6-6, 330 Indiana Gave up
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James Brewer
T 6-6, 330 Indiana
Gave up football during his sophomore and junior seasons in high school so he could concentrate on basketball.

Chris Canty DT 6-7, 317 Virginia Motivational speaker
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Chris Canty
DT 6-7, 317 Virginia
Motivational speaker who was named 2011 United Way Man of the Year. His mother is an ordained Methodist minister.

David Carr QB 6-3, 212 Fresno State First
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David Carr

QB 6-3, 212 Fresno State
First pick of 2002 draft makes Giants second team in history to have two QBs on the same roster who were No. 1 selections.

Jim Cordle C 6-3, 320 Ohio State Proposed
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Jim Cordle
C 6-3, 320 Ohio State
Proposed to his girlfriend during his speech at the Buckeyes’ annual football banquet in 2009.

Victor Cruz WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts LeBron James
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Victor Cruz
WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts
LeBron James tweet on 8/16/10: “Victor Cruz going nuts on the Jets tonight on #MNF. Undrafted rookie from UMass. He’s gonna have a job this year for sure.”

Zak DeOssie LS 6-4, 249 Brown His father,
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Zak DeOssie
LS 6-4, 249 Brown
His father, Steve, played for Giants from 1989-93. Became first father and son to win the Super Bowl with the same team.

David Diehl G 6-5, 304 Illinois Donated the
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David Diehl
G 6-5, 304 Illinois
Donated the largest strength and conditioning center for football players in the country to his alma mater.

Deon Grant S 6-2, 215 Tennessee Has not
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Deon Grant
S 6-2, 215 Tennessee
Has not missed a game in the last 11 seasons, playing in 176 consecutive regular-season contests.

Mark Herzlich LB 6-4, 246 Boston College Overcame
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Mark Herzlich
LB 6-4, 246 Boston College
Overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that forced him to miss the entire 2009 college season.

Henry Hynoski FB 6-1, 266 Pittsburgh Sixth in
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Henry Hynoski
FB 6-1, 266 Pittsburgh
Sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards in high school. Father, Henry Sr., played for Browns in 1975.

Brandon Jacobs RB 6-4, 264 So. Illinois Scored
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Brandon Jacobs
RB 6-4, 264 So. Illinois
Scored his 56th career rushing TD against Cowboys on Dec. 11 to surpass Tiki Barber as franchise leader.

Jerrel Jernigan WR 5-8, 189 Troy One of
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Jerrel Jernigan
WR 5-8, 189 Troy
One of three active Giants to attend Troy, along with Osi Umenyiora and Lawrence Tynes.

Greg Jones LB 6-0, 248 Michigan State Second
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Greg Jones
LB 6-0, 248 Michigan State
Second player in Spartans history to lead team in tackles four times in his career. His 465 career tackles rank third in school history.

Linval Joseph DT 6-4, 323 East Carolina Captured
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Linval Joseph
DT 6-4, 323 East Carolina
Captured Florida State weightlifting championship with a 415-pound bench press as a junior in high school.

Jimmy KennedyDT 6-4, 320 Penn State Owns a
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Jimmy Kennedy
DT 6-4, 320 Penn State
Owns a real estate company that redevelops and constructs houses for affordable home ownership opportunities.

Mathias Kiwanuka LB 6-5, 267 Boston College His
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Mathias Kiwanuka
LB 6-5, 267 Boston College
His grandfather, Benedicto, was elected the first prime minister of Uganda in 1961 and was assassinated in 1972.

Eli Manning QB 6-4, 218 Mississippi Last name
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Eli Manning
QB 6-4, 218 Mississippi
Last name is well known, his full first name is Elisha, which is his father’s middle name.

Mario Manningham WR 6-0, 185 Michigan His cousin,
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Mario Manningham
WR 6-0, 185 Michigan
His cousin, Bubba Paris, won three Super Bowls with the 49ers as an offensive lineman from 1983-90.

Derrick Martin DB 5-10, 198 Wyoming Founded the
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Derrick Martin
DB 5-10, 198 Wyoming
Founded the Derrick Martin Foundation, which helps underprivileged youth, including kids in single-parent homes.

Kareem McKenzie T 6-6, 330 Penn State Captain
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Kareem McKenzie
T 6-6, 330 Penn State
Captain of his high school track and field team, competing in the discus and shot put.

Hakeem Nicks WR 6-1, 208 North Carolina Has
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Hakeem Nicks
WR 6-1, 208 North Carolina
Has a hand span of 10.5 inches and wears size 4XL gloves.

Bear Pascoe TE 6-5, 283 Fresno St. First
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Bear Pascoe
TE 6-5, 283 Fresno St.
First name is McKenna, nicknamed Bear as a toddler because of his size. Grew up on a cattle ranch and is a champion roper.

Spencer Paysinger LB 6-2, 236 Oregon Put up
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Spencer Paysinger
LB 6-2, 236 Oregon
Put up 1,182 pounds in clean, squat and bench lifts at Oregon, making him the third strongest player in total weight lifted.

Mitch Petrus G 6-3, 315 Arkansas Enrolled at
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Mitch Petrus
G 6-3, 315 Arkansas
Enrolled at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences as an agricultural business major.

Kenny Phillips S 6-2, 217 Miami Drafted in
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Kenny Phillips
S 6-2, 217 Miami
Drafted in the first round in 2008, his selection capped a 14-year run of Miami Hurricanes being selected in the first round. That streak began in 1995 with Warren Sapp.

Jason Pierre-Paul DE 6-5, 278 South Florida Didn’t
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Jason Pierre-Paul
DE 6-5, 278 South Florida
Didn’t play football until his junior season in high school and didn’t tell his mother out of fear she wouldn’t allow him to play.

Antrel Rolle S 6-0, 206 Miami Scored the
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Antrel Rolle
S 6-0, 206 Miami
Scored the first postseason defensive touchdown in Cardinals history on a 27-yard fumble return against Atlanta in 2009.

Aaron Ross CB 6-0, 190 Texas Married to
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Aaron Ross
CB 6-0, 190 Texas
Married to Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards, who won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x400 meter relay team in 2008.

Tyler Sash S 6-0, 215 Iowa Ranks fourth
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Tyler Sash
S 6-0, 215 Iowa
Ranks fourth on the Big Ten career list with 392 yards gained via interception returns.

Da’Rel Scott RB 5-11, 210 Maryland Clocked the
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Da’Rel Scott
RB 5-11, 210 Maryland
Clocked the fastest time in the 40 among running backs at the 2011 combine (4.34 seconds).

Chris Snee G 6-3, 305 Boston College Started
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Chris Snee
G 6-3, 305 Boston College
Started dating Kate Coughlin, Tom’s daughter, while the two were at Boston College. They are now married with three children.

Devin Thomas WR 6-2, 221 Michigan State Starred
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Devin Thomas
WR 6-2, 221 Michigan State
Starred in R&B artist and American Idol winner Fantasia’s music video, “Bittersweet” in 2010.

Dave Tollefson played five years with the Giants
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Dave Tollefson played five years with the Giants and won two Super Bowl rings.

Justin Trattou DE 6-4, 255 Florida Friend and
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Justin Trattou
DE 6-4, 255 Florida
Friend and former high school teammate of Phil Simms’ son, Matt.

Justin Tuck DE 6-5, 268 Notre Dame Cousins
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Justin Tuck
DE 6-5, 268 Notre Dame
Cousins with two-time Pro Bowler Adalius Thomas, who played for the Ravens and Patriots.

Lawrence Tynes PK 6-1, 194 Troy The NFL’s
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Lawrence Tynes
PK 6-1, 194 Troy
The NFL’s first Scottish-born player. His father, a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy, met his mother in Scotland.

Tony Ugoh T 6-5, 301 Arkansas His parents
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Tony Ugoh
T 6-5, 301 Arkansas
His parents are originally from Nigeria.

Osi Umenyiora DE 6-3, 255 Troy Full name
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Osi Umenyiora
DE 6-3, 255 Troy
Full name is Ositadimma. Lived in Nigeria for seven years and was made a chief in the Nigerian village of Okbunike in 2007.

D.J. Ware RB 6-0, 225 Georgia Rushed for
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D.J. Ware
RB 6-0, 225 Georgia
Rushed for 1,009 yards as a senior at Rockmart (Ga.) High School, where he was a team captain and two-time MVP.

Steve Weatherford P 6-2, 211 Illinois Placed 42
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Steve Weatherford
P 6-2, 211 Illinois
Placed 42 punts inside the 20-yard line in 2010, tying an NFL record.

Corey Webster CB 6-0, 200 LSU Originally recruited
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Corey Webster
CB 6-0, 200 LSU
Originally recruited as a wide receiver, asked to switch to cornerback as a sophomore by LSU coach Nick Saban.

Jacquian Williams LB 6-3, 224 South Florida Second
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Jacquian Williams
LB 6-3, 224 South Florida
Second in the NFL among rookies with 78 tackles. His 4.53 40-yard dash was the fastest among linebackers at 2011 combine.

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