Pugh's draft-night reaction video

April, 26, 2013

The Giants say they liked Justin Pugh from the moment they met him.

He's smart, personable and enthusiastic. All these traits were easy to recognize just judging from a short conference call with reporters last night.

But check out his reaction when Tom Coughlin calls to inform him that he's a Giant in this video. And even better, look at how his boys react with pure joy.

"It was surreal," Pugh said Thursday night of his reaction when the Giants called. "This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid playing tackle football in my backyard. I got the phone call and there was about four minutes left on the clock.

"I saw that 201 (area code) number and knew who it was," he continued. "I turned the TV down, I got a big smile on my face and it was crazy. Coach Coughlin was like ‘Welcome to the Giants.’ It was amazing."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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