Justin Tuck talks season, sandwiches, Jets
August, 15, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Diane BondareffNew York Giants Justin Tuck and speed sandwich-making champion Salvador Rodriguez celebrate.Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who was in New York City on Wednesday to help set a world record for sandwiches made at the same time, said he figured his quotes about retirement talk to the New York Post would cause ripples throughout the city.
"Once I said it, I kind of figured it was going to be blown out of proportion," said Tuck, 29. "It was a tough year last year, and at one point, I did consider hanging it up. But that was a short stint. That's what happens when people ask me questions and I tell the truth."
Tuck, a key member on the defensive line for the Super Bowl champs, missed four games last season with injuries to his neck, shoulder, groin and toe.
But he's back and ready for the NFL season to begin.
"That talk of retirement is no longer part of my mental compass," Tuck said. "I'm not thinking about retirement. I'm not looking forward to retirement at this point. I'm ready for the season."
On Wednesday, Tuck was working with sponsor Subway and 250 sandwich artists to set a Guinness world record for "Most Sandwiches Being Made Simultaneously." All the sandwiches were donated to City Harvest.
"It means a lot for me to hang out with my fans," Tuck said. "Our game is driven by the fans. If the fan doesn't come out and watch, then we don't have a sport."
And the Giants will face the New York Jets on Saturday in an exhibition.
"Check out how this city is becoming so excited about this game this week. It's already buzzing," Tuck said. "It definitely gets your blood running for the upcoming year."