Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Lawrence Tynes talks Charlie Brown, charity
By Lynn Hoppes
Lawrence Tynes on Tuesday worked with MetLife to raise money for area food banks.
At 34, New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is one of the oldest players on the defending Super Bowl champions.
So, when MetLife asked Tynes to take part in a charity event to recreate an iconic scene from "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," Tynes wanted to play along.
In the TV special, released in 1973 and played on Thanksgiving every year since, cartoon character Lucy pulls the football away as Charlie Brown attempts to kick it.
"I've always been a fan of that cartoon and my dad loves it too," said Tynes, who has played in the NFL since 2001. "I don't think many guys on the team would even remember it. I'm so familiar with it that I had to do it."
On Tuesday, Tynes was in Nat Turner Park in Newark, N.J., to raise money for greater New Jersey area food banks. Fans were invited to kick a football on behalf of Charlie Brown, and for each kick, MetLife would make a donation up to $100,000.
MetLife is continuing to raise money on Thanksgiving as former Jets kicker John Hall will be recreating the scene at MetLife Stadium 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. before the Jets game against the New England Patriots.
And, no, neither Tynes or Hall will pull the football away.
Tynes said he never had anyone do what Lucy did, but he does have a story to tell.
"While in college, my holder wanted me to kick it off his nose. You know it's not as dangerous as you might think," Tynes said. "I obviously didn't hit him. I just kicked the ball. Though, that was the only time we did that!"