The Philadelphia Eagles coach – who will coach the NFC squad in the Feb. 8 Pro Bowl in Honolulu – selected DeOssie as his “need” player for the game. The Pro Bowl coaches are permitted to pick one player at a position where they think the need is greatest. The NFC team had no long snapper. Since Feagles, the Giants’ punter and holder, and John Carney, the team’s kicker, were previously selected for the team, Reid figured he might as well send a snapper who is used to working with them.
“I am the luckiest kid on the planet,” said DeOssie, who recently concluded his second season with the Giants. “I’m sitting at home and the next thing I know I am going to be playing in the Pro Bowl. It is very, very exciting.
“I am honored and flattered at the same time and it is great. I get to go out with Feags and John and we are going to have a great trip.”
The addition of DeOssie to the NFC team increases the Giants’ Pro Bowl contingent to seven players, their largest group since the 1990 Super Bowl champions also sent seven. In addition to Feagles, Carney and DeOssie, quarterback Eli Manning, offensive linemen Shaun O’Hara and Chris Snee and defensive end Justin Tuck will play in the Pro Bowl.
“Lucky seven,” DeOssie said.
DeOssie was driving in his car when he received a phone call from the Giants informing him that he was a Pro Bowler. He didn’t have to wait long to tell his father, Steve, a Giants linebacker from 1989-93. Steve DeOssie was sitting in the car next to his son.
“We are still figuring out the logistics, but it looks like my family will be able to come out,” Zak said. “It is going to be a great trip.”
DeOssie knew a spot was open on the NFC squad, but he didn’t really expect to fill it.
“Maybe for a second, but then I kicked it out of my head real fast,” he said. “I always thought they gave it to the vets or some guy who has been in the league for a while.”
DeOssie joined the Giants as a fourth-round draft choice from Brown, the 116th overall selection. He won the job as the team’s long snapper in his rookie training camp and has filled that role in all 37 regular season and postseason games since his arrival. DeOssie has 19 special teams tackles, including 13 this season.