Play the game. Shut the mouth.
If Justin Tuck was going to be a leader with the New York Giants, he
was happy to let his actions show the way.
There's something to be said about the value of a comfort zone.
As the 2010 NFL season was getting started, Tuck's teammates wanted
... needed ... more from the veteran defensive lineman from Notre
Dame. The Giants were desperate for a vocal presence on the defense.
It's not his game, but Tuck left that comfort zone and accepted the role.
"I talked with a lot of guys, they kind of encouraged me (to take
charge)," Tuck said. "I like to sit around and play the game. That's
my leadership style, what I do on the football field. A lot of my
teammates have asked me to be more vocal.
"When it comes to them, I'll take the new role. I'd rather just play
the game and shut my mouth."
"He wasn't the most comfortable (with being a vocal leader) at first,"
said Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn. "Once he settled in,
he's been our guy on defense that has led the way.
"This year he struggled with injuries -- shoulder, neck, leg -- all
kinds of problems. He's hardly missed any practices. We try to limit