Oct 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; General view of the New York Giants helmet of guard Chris Snee (not pictured) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' Chris Snee says Coughlin told him he didn't earn right to start as a rookie

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New York Giants guard Chris Snee retired after a remarkable career that spanned 10 years and included four Pro Bowls, three All-Pro nods and two Super Bowl wins. Snee reflected back about the day he found out from head coach Tom Coughlin that he would be starting his first career NFL game.

“The [New York] Jets kicked our butts all day,” Snee said, via the Giants’ website.

“He called me in and I thought for sure I was going to get yelled at for a poor scrimmage,” Snee said. “He just said, ‘We’re going to make a change up front, but I want you to know before I tell you this that you did not earn this, it’s just the other guy was that bad. You’re going to start.’ And I didn’t know how to handle it, I gave him a half-hearted thank you, but I didn’t know if that was a good thing or not.”

It turned out to be a good thing for the Giants, and now it can be looked back at as a funny story. Coughlin is also Snee’s father-in-law making the story all the more hilarious.

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