On the eve of Super Bowl 52, New York Giants great Justin Tuck called out current members of Big Blue on Twitter.
I know it’s the 10 year anniversary and that we won another four years after but am I the only one tired of reminiscing @OBJ_3 @TheHumble_21 @snacks @UDWJPP @Giants @JustinPugh etc etc 2017 should be MOTIVATION!!!! #whatyougondoin2018
— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) February 3, 2018
“I know it’s the 10 year anniversary and that we won another four years after but am I the only one tired of reminiscing
@OBJ_3 @TheHumble_21 @snacks @UDWJPP @Giants @JustinPugh etc etc 2017 should be MOTIVATION!!!! #whatyougondoin2018″
He tagged veteran players Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Justin Pugh because he expects them to turn things around in 2018 and give fans some more championship moments.
Collins wasted little time in responding, ensuring Tuck that his message was received loud and clear.
You not fam…on everything…it's about that time ??
— LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) February 3, 2018
“You not fam…on everything…it’s about that time.”
The Giants have not been the same franchise since Tuck left following the 2013 season to sign with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. In the four seasons since his departure, the Giants are 26-38 and have made the playoffs only once.
Hopefully, Tuck’s tweet will light a fire under the players, the same way his play and motivational speeches did when he was an active player.
His pregame speech before Super Bowl 46 is one of the best motivational speeches in the history of the franchise and helped pave the way to their 21-17 victory of the Patriots.
In his nine seasons with Big Blue, Tuck registered 453 tackles, 60 1/2 sacks, intercepted three passes—one of which he ran back for a touchdowns in Week 2 of the 2008 season against the Rams.
But what made Tuck an all-time great Giant was how he performed in the team’s two Super Bowl victories over the Patriots.
He sacked Tom Brady twice in both games, forced him to fumble in Super Bowl 42, and forced an intentional grounding penalty on the Patriots first offensive play of Super Bowl 46 that gave the Giants a 2-0 lead.
Tuck’s tweet exemplifies that Giants slogan of “Once A Giant, Always A Giant”. Hopefully, the players will get the message and use this as motivation as they train and prepare for the 2018 season.