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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Rings in hand, Giants moving on

By Jane McManus

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the first OTA of the 2012 season, it was officially time to put away the Super Bowl celebration. Kicker Lawrence Tynes said the team was taking that directive in a more literal way after learning from their rebound season following the a Super Bowl victory four years ago.

“I think we’ve moved on from it which is a sign of maturity,” Tynes said. “I think last time we held onto it a little too long but this time, we got our rings, we hung out and wore them all week and through the weekend -- and we put them away. I think the maturity level of the guys that have been around twice, ‘Put it up and put it away,’ I think we’ve moved on and I feel like last time we hung on a little too long.”

Tynes and teammates attended a function for coach Tom Coughlin in Florida over the weekend.

The team still has a trip to the White House planned for June 8, as Coughlin announced on Wednesday after practice was completed, but before and after, the Giants are championing the concept of business as usual.

“I think we must raise the bar for our own performance, whether it be in the meetings, on the practice field, on the game field,” Coughlin said. “That’s what I’d like to see. I’d like to see everyone come in here -- the young players, the new players -- understand the New York Giants' championship culture, which is over the door to the locker room, and try to raise the level of how we do everything so that it is championship level.”

Tynes said he told some of the younger Giants that a Super Bowl brings a lot of perks; a parade, possible endorsements, rings and a day with the President of the United States. If you want to get back there, you have to get back to work.