Giants add nephew of 'The Boz' to roster

May, 30, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants added a pair of players to their roster late Wednesday, signing linebacker Kyle Bosworth and tight end Chase Clement.

Clement played for LSU but went undrafted this spring, while Bosworth started just five games in three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars -- not exactly earth-shattering moves.

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AP Photo/Julio CortezKyle Bosworth, nephew of Brian Bosworth, signed with the Giants on Wednesday.
But Bosworth is the nephew of Brian Bosworth, a.k.a "The Boz," the former All-American and media sensation. So, not surprisingly, reporters flocked to his locker following the Giants' fourth OTA of the offseason on Thursday.

Kyle played in all 16 games for the Jaguars last season, starting five, with 37 tackles and an interception. He was a restricted free agent, but Jacksonville decided not to tender him.

"I was very surprised," he said. "We had a new GM come in, and they said that they wanted to go in a different route."

Kyle said the Giants and Eagles were the first two teams to call once he became available. He worked out for the Giants on Wednesday, and signed Wednesday night.

Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about his two new players following Thursday's practice. "We felt like they made a nice fit," Coughlin said. "Bosworth being a linebacker, special teamer, and Clement being a guy that we can use not only as a tight end but as a fullback-type guy. So multiple position guys."

Brian Bosworth was one of the biggest personalities in sports in the 1980's. He starred at the University of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1986, and is the only player in history to win the Butkus Award -- given to the nation's top linebacker -- twice.

But "The Boz" made even more waves with his mohawk haircut and his controversial behavior, including riding a helicopter to his first NFL practice with the Seattle Seahawks.

Kyle has grown his hair long over the past couple years, but says he is very different from his famous uncle.

"I’m a little flamboyant, but on the field," he said. "Off the field I’m very reserved."

Kyle and his identical twin brother Korey both played linebacker at UCLA, but both went undrafted. Kyle has found a foothold in the NFL, but says he has hardly spoken to his uncle since joining the league in 2010.

"It's been unfortunate, because of who he was," Kyle said. "Things happen in family situations, everyone has personal things -- I know he got divorced and he's remarried and he's got things going on in his life.

"Back in high school it was a different story. He was there all the time, he’d be watching the film, watching all the practices and stuff like that, and really getting involved and letting us know different techniques and stuff. But it’s been very few [times] in the NFL."

Regardless, Kyle has has already lasted longer in the NFL than his uncle, who retired just two games into his third season due to a shoulder injury.

Now he will try to prove to the Giants that he can contribute at linebacker, in addition to special teams.

Kyle has one other claim to fame. His fiancee is Kara Keough, who has appeared on the Bravo reality show "The Real Housewives of Orange County." Her mother, Jeana, was one of the original stars of the show.

Kyle has never appeared on screen -- but he would like to.

"We tried to do a wives and girlfriends thing with Bravo in Jacksonville," Kyle said. "My fiancée approached Bravo, and we actually had a meeting out in California. But I guess Jacksonville is just not the city to hold a reality show like that."

New York, on the other hand, might be the perfect fit.

"Yeah, I’m all up for it," Kyle said. "I know that there’s different restrictions with teams and stuff, you gotta get clearance. But I’m all good for it."

Will Tom Coughlin be? That's a whole 'nother story.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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