- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Up to this point, Justin Tuck has been text messaging and talking to his defensive teammates about staying in shape and training.
But that could change at the end of June when Giants players may meet for an unofficial organized workout.
For the most part, Giants players have been training on their own while some teams, like the Saints, have organized player workouts.
Quarterback Eli Manning has had a handful of receivers, tight ends and running backs join him at Hoboken High School (N.J.) for passing drills. But now the Giants may have something bigger planned.
“We are trying to get everybody on the same page to maybe have something later on (in June) or early in July to get some team workouts,” Tuck said while promoting his celebrity billiards charity event in the city on Thursday to promote his R.U.S.H. for literacy campaign. “But it is all about timing. When we do it, we want to do it right. We don’t want to just do it because everybody else is doing it.”
“All of our veteran guys that are up here in New Jersey, we will sit down and figure it out and make sure the New York Giants are ready to roll once this lockout is ceased.”
Tuck has said that he rather have his defensive players train on their own to avoid the risk of suffering an injury that won’t be covered by teams during the lockout.
So the team captain has stayed on top of his teammates to stay in shape.
“We have a great group of guys and they bought into the fact that this lockout could end at any point,” Tuck said. “I conveyed to them to make sure they are working out and keeping their bodies right just in case. It could be a week turnaround where we got to be in the stadium, be in there working out. Eli is doing a great job of getting the offense together.”
Tuck has used the off time to help others in need. He traveled to his home state of Alabama to aid victims of the recent tornadoes. On Thursday, he will play billiards with celebrities like Bernard Hopkins, Big Daddy Kane, Jeanette “Black Widow” Lee and Padma Lakshmi to raise money to promote literacy for kids.
All those celebrities may not want to mess Tuck, who explained on First Take why one of his nicknames is “He-Man.”
“My mother gave me that nickname because for some other reason, I used to run through our yard with a sword saying ‘I have the power!’” Tuck said. “I kind of fell in love with the (He-Man) cartoon and it kind of stuck and before long everybody in our small town was calling me He-Man and it kind of stuck and I still have people calling me that to this day.”