New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has struggled the last couple of seasons due to injuries, racking up a scant nine sacks after recording 11.5 in 2010 alone. The two-time Pro Bowl participant is finally healthy, though, and is ready to return to his dominant form.
Tuck spoke with USA Today Sports on Saturday, discussing his recovery and his desires for the upcoming season:
I feel revitalized, I just want to get back to being a dominant football player again. I’ve always been my worst critic.
Not making the playoffs and me not having anywhere close to the year I wanted wasn’t good enough. So I’m motivated to get back to playing my style of football. And not so I can quiet critics or get a new contract. This game is about winning and making other people better. I want to get back to winning because that’s what you’re always remembered for.
Tuck has played with the Giants since being drafted with the 74th pick in 2005. He’s been a two-time All-Pro while with the team and has record 49.5 sacks.
[Source: USA Today Sports]