- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Chris Snee plans to undergo surgery on his ailing hip after he returns from the Jan. 27 Pro Bowl.
The Giants' right guard played with pain in his hip toward the end of the season, but he didn't want to pass up a chance for him and his family to experience another Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
"This hip, it feels fine now," Snee told Giants.com Thursday after a workout at the practice facility. "It’s quieted down. With the experience that I have with my kids, I can put off the surgery for three or four weeks. That’s what this life is about. I’m going to go out there. We’re going to have something we can remember forever.
"The experiences that I’ve had with my kids and my wife and just meeting all the guys, it’s something I couldn’t pass up on," he added. "You only get so many of those opportunities in life and I’m going to cherish every one of them."
Snee will be appearing in his fourth Pro Bowl. He is the backup NFC guard but potentially could start if starting guard Mike Iupati advances to the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers. Snee will play in the Pro Bowl with teammates Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul.
Snee, who turned 31 on Friday, will be entering his 10th season. He has missed only six starts in his career but says he and his wife, Kate, have been contemplating his football future.
"It started after the Super Bowl last year," Snee said. "That was when I physically felt shot. I said, 'If I went through that again, I would be done.' This year, it was just the hip; I got rolled up on. It was actually someone falling onto the back of my leg that did the damage. Other than that, I kept myself in great shape and, physically, I felt better than I have in two or three years.
"That being said, I’m getting older. And you can’t do the same things you could four or five years ago. If you’re looking for the same player I was when I was 26, you’re not going to find anyone who -- I’m 31 -- can do what they could do when they were 26. Do I still think of myself as one of the top guards? Yes, I do."
Snee said he's "year-to-year" at this point.
"That’s all you can focus on. I sat down with my wife after this year and decided if I wanted to do it again," he said. "It’s a grind. There’s a lot that goes into it mentally and physically, but I couldn’t see myself walking away just yet."
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