A year after sending just one player to the Pro Bowl in a Super Bowl-winning season, the Giants will be well-represented in Hawaii in this year's all-star game.
The super six was guard Chris Snee, defensive end Justin Tuck, kicker John Carney, punter Jeff Feagles, quarterback Eli Manning and center Shaun O'Hara. That is the Giants' largest Pro Bowl contingent since the 1990 Super Bowl champions sent seven players to the game.
"You always want to be considered to be elite and play to the best of your abilities to be recognized across the league for what you are doing," Manning said. "It is such an honor having great players that are out there to be chosen by the fans and by the players and coaches. It is really a tribute to our whole team and how we have played in our offense for protecting me and making plays . I think whenever you have guys and a number of players, three guys from the offense make the Pro Bowl, it is just because your team is doing well and everybody is playing well."
"It is definitely an honor to be voted in, but I think the honor really stretches more for my group as an offensive line," O'Hara said. "I am honored on behalf of the group and really just as a team. I think the number of guys from this team that are nominated is a direct reflection of that team and winning."
Snee, Tuck, Carney and Feagles are starters.
"Obviously it is an honor," Snee said. "It is a weird feeling after growing up watching all your favorite players play in the game and now you are actually a part of it. I know that it is a reflection of the group that we have and the offense, but in particular all those guys on the offensive line who play around me. It is a true honor for all of us."
"It is huge," Tuck said. "The Pro Bowl is kind of like that ultimate individual award, but it also lets you know that you have a lot of guys around you that really helped you become what you are. I just want to thank my coaches and the players around me that have helped me to get to this point."
It is the second Pro Bowl for both Carney and Feagles and the first for the other four Giants. Carney was first selected in 1994 as a member of the San Diego Chargers and his 14-year gap between selections is a record. Feagles went to his first Pro Bowl in 1995 with the Arizona Cardinals – a 13-year hiatus that is second to Carney's.
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