D.J Ware is one of the current New York Giants who has a Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XLII. He has many memories from that weekend in Phoenix, and remembers a confident teammate sharing his thoughts with reporters prior to the game.
"I didn't really hear about it until the day of the game, everybody was like 'You know Plax made a prediction?' I was like, ok, ok. But we pulled it out and saved his tail," said Ware during Tuesday's media festivities.
Plaxico Burress who predicted a victory over the undefeated Patriots and even rattled off a score, 23-17. The Giants eventually upset the Patriots 17-14 in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Perhaps the message was sent to this year's team that Tom Coughlin was not looking for any headline-grabbers this week.
"I think we are going to play it safe and just focus on what we've gotta focus on, we know what is at task for us," said wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. When asked if the team has been given instructions about not providing any bulletin board material for New England, Nicks replied simply, "That's a message from coach."
A few Patriots were also given the chance to predict victory, but none obliged.
"I think every team has guys, PR guys that tell them, 'You know whatever you say is going to be out there for everyone to see and it could be used in different ways, so we've been told that so many times, it should be engrained into guys, but guys still slip up and say stuff they shouldn't," said Patriots guard Logan Mankins.
However, at least after the first of three full-team media sessions this week, it appears as though the player are following the advice of the public relations officials.
While Pro Football Hall of Famer and current NFL Network Analyst Deion Sanders thinks it is difficult for players not to express confidence when put on the spot with the prediction question and has no problem with what the former Giants wide receiver said four years ago.
"Don't they think they're going to win when they come here? Why would you come here saying, I'm going to lose, I don't think I'm going to do it, he (Burress) just was bold enough to say it. That is the thought process of every player and every coach that you're going to win when you come."
There is certainly nothing wrong with talking the talk if you can back it up like well-known player prognosticators Burress and Joe Namath did in past Super Bowls. However, at least through Tuesday, it doesn't appear as though any of the currrent Giants or Patriots are planning to follow in those large footsteps.
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