Player Diary: Kendrick Clancy

Player Diary: Kendrick Clancy

‘When you look at Kendrick Clancy, you know what you're going to get' The season's been going pretty well. We've been having a great year. We have had a few setbacks, and some ups and downs. We started out pretty well and then had a few setbacks. But that's how seasons go. For the most part, it's been going very well. Everyone's been playing well; the defensive linemen have been playing well.

As for me, my season has been going how I want it to go. I sure can't complain about that. Everything's been going well. Every game I'm getting more and more comfortable. During my first game I was a little iffy. I don't want to say I was uncomfortable, but I was a little nervous. At the same time, I was excited too. As the season wears on I am less and less nervous each game. Everything's been going well.

I really feel like I've pretty much been improving game-by-game. I'd have to say it's been a pretty blessed season for me and the team so far.

I really thank God for the opportunity that the Giants gave me. I feel like I've been blessed for my situation and all I can do is be thankful for this opportunity. I love playing with this team and all the good guys around me.

I think I'm a pretty emotional player that just tries to do my best, play in and play out. I think I just try to stay consistent and I think I have been very consistent so far this year. I'm always striving to be my best and striving for perfection. As a player, that's what you always should be striving for – perfection in your game.

While this is already my sixth year, I actually feel like I'm still a young player. I haven't played all that much so as far as body wise, I'm probably more like a third-year player. The more and more I get out there, I feel, the better my game will become. So I just have to keep going out there and keep on working.

What I pride myself on is that I'm doing my job. Whatever it may be, I just want to do my job. If they ask me to stay in the A gap, that's what I'll do. If it's the B gap, same thing. I just always want it to be that when you look at Kendrick Clancy, you know what you're going to get out of him. You won't have to worry about whether I'm going to be ready to go on any one particular week. You'll just know that when you look at Kendrick Clancy that I'm going to give you my best on every single play. Whether my best is good enough to win, you don't always know that. But you'll know that you're always getting my best.

I'd have to say my favorite part of this season so far has been when I got my sack (against New Orleans). It was the first sack of my career. In my sixth year, I finally got one. It was great. But I'm still stuck on one. Maybe in the weeks to come, I can add another to my archive and double my numbers. It was very exciting. That was a high point for me, but the real high point of the season for us had to be that Denver game. That was such a hard-fought game, and we came all the way back to win it. That was a very emotional game and we pulled it out.

It's amazing that I get to line up next to Michael Strahan. But his presence also makes certain that you give it your all at all times. Knowing what he's going to do, you sure don't want to be out there slouching around. It really makes you give your best because you know he's going to be taking it to his man every play. His intensity is unmatched. He's obviously a great player but he also makes the players around him better. That's what makes him a great player: his ability to make everyone else better.

Losing William (Joseph) to injury is definitely a setback, but we have to move on. It's time for somebody else to step up. I have to step up my game, and big Fred (Robbins) is stepping in and we know what we're going to get from him. He's a good player, so there won't be any drop-off. We'll hold it down until William gets back.

Off the field things are good for me as well. I have three daughters and will be having a son any day now. I love being around my kids. It's so awesome to see someone looking up to you and know that you have to take responsibility for them. I'm just grateful for every day that I wake up in the morning. I've learned never to take anything for granted.

I'd also love to thank the fans for all their support, coming out every game and cheering for us. I hope the fans keep coming out to see us. I can't promise anything other than that I know we're going to give it our best. We're going to play our absolute best.

I'm just a thankful person. I'm thankful for everything. You just never know what's going to happen. You shouldn't take anything for granted. I'm even thankful that TGI asked me to write this dairy. Last year no one was talking to me.

This has been a crazy three weeks for all of us around here. Losing two owners in three weeks is unbelievable. My heart goes out to both of their families. Throughout my life I've had to deal with losing a lot of close family members. It's something that's really hard when it goes on, but you just have to keep on moving. I know when my grandfather passed away, we had to keep on going as a family. It's the same for us here as a team – we just have to keep on moving forward.

We want to make them both proud of us by playing hard week in and week out. What they built is a blessing to all of us and we don't want to just take advantage of it. Thanks to both of them I have this opportunity to better take care of my family. I'm very grateful for that.

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