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  • Tue., May. 06, 2014 9:30AM - 10:30AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Wed., May. 07, 2014 9:30AM - 10:30AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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SPOTLIGHT:

Coaches

Michael Pope
Tight Ends

Biography

When Tom Coughlin became the Giants’ head coach and began assembling his staff in January 2004, he retained only one position coach from the previous regime: tight ends coach Michael Pope.

Coughlin’s reasoning was simple and logical.

“He is the best tight ends coach in football,” Coughlin said.

When Tom Coughlin became the Giants’ head coach and began assembling his staff in January 2004, he retained only one position coach from the previous regime: tight ends coach Michael Pope.

Coughlin’s reasoning was simple and logical.

“He is the best tight ends coach in football,” Coughlin said.

Pope has proven that for many years. This is Pope’s 31st consecutive season as an NFL coach. He is one of the league’s most experienced, respected and successful assistant coaches. Pope has coached in 33 postseason games, including six Super Bowls, winning four of them.

This the 14th season of Pope’s second tour of duty with the Giants and his 23rd as an assistant with the team, more than any coach in the franchise’s long history. He is the only coach to participate in each of the Giants’ five Super Bowls and the only Giants coach to have his name inscribed on four Lombardi trophies. He also coached in the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 1996.

Pope enhanced his standing as the NFL’s finest tight ends coach in 2012, when Martellus Bennett finished second on the Giants with 55 receptions and five touchdowns and third with 626 receiving yards. In four years with the Dallas Cowboys prior to joining the Giants, Bennett’s totals were 85 catches for 846 yards and four scores.

The previous season, Pope helped the inexperienced Jake Ballard became a valuable addition to the passing attack. Ballard joined the team as a rookie free agent in 2010, when he played briefly in one game. But in 2011, he finished fourth on the team with 38 catches and scored four touchdowns, despite missing two games with a knee injury.

In 2009-10, Kevin Boss, a fifth-round draft choice from Western Oregon in 2007, caught 77 passes for 1,098 yards and 10 touchdowns. Boss became a fulltime starter in 2008 and emerged as a reliable receiver and forceful blocker. He had a team-high six touchdown receptions among his 33 catches. Boss’ 45-yard catch-and-run in Super Bowl XLII set up the Giants’ first touchdown. Both Travis Beckum and Bear Pascoe made significant strides working under Pope as second-year pros in 2010.

Pope’s guidance and teaching helped make Jeremy Shockey one of the NFL’s best tight ends. From 2002-06, Shockey was voted to the Pro Bowl four times. His 371 career receptions place him fourth on the Giants’ career list (behind Amani Toomer, Tiki Barber and Joe Morrison).

Shockey was the Giants’ first-round draft choice in 2002, when he caught 74 passes, a team record for both rookies and tight ends. He led all NFL tight ends in receiving and receiving yards (894) and he became the first rookie tight end to make the Pro Bowl since 1988. Shockey was elected to several all-pro teams. In 2003, Shockey caught 48 passes and was again chosen to go to Hawaii despite missing the season’s final nine games with a knee injury

Pope has long been an outstanding tutor of tight ends. Shockey was the fifth tight end to play for Pope to make the NFL’s all-rookie team, joining former Giants Zeke Mowatt, 1983; Mark Bavaro, 1985; and Howard Cross, 1989; and Cincinnati’s Tony McGee in 1993. Pope is not only successful at grooming young talent, but he is also adept at guiding his veteran students to elite status. Five of his players have been selected to the Pro Bowl – Bavaro, Rodney Holman (Bengals), Ben Coates (Patriots), Stephen Alexander (Redskins) and Shockey

Pope was re-hired by the Giants on Feb. 11, 2000. He played a major role in bringing a new vitality to the Giants offense that season, which ended with the team winning the NFC championship and playing in Super Bowl XXXV. He has further energized it the last decade by overseeing the development of Shockey and then Boss

Pope was a member of Bill Parcells’ Giants’ coaching staff from 1983-91. He left the Giants following the 1991 season and spent two years with the Cincinnati Bengals, the first as tight ends coach and the second as offensive coordinator. He joined the New England Patriots in 1994 as running backs coach before moving to tight ends coach in 1995. Pope was the Washington Redskins’ tight ends coach from 1997-99.

Prior to coaching in the NFL, Pope spent 13 seasons in the collegiate and high school ranks. His first coaching position was at Lenoir (N.C.) High School in 1964, and he coached at high schools in Charlotte, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and Lake Wales, Fla.

Pope’s first job in college football was with Florida State from 1970-74. He then moved to Texas Tech (1975-77) where he served as a receivers coach and recruiter. From 1978-82, Pope was on the coaching staff at the University of Mississippi, where he coached the receivers, as well as punters and kickers.

Pope played quarterback for Lenoir-Rhyne College, where his team won one national championship and was runner-up a second time. The team’s combined record during his playing career was 34-8-3. An all-conference player, Pope was team captain and MVP as a senior. He was also inducted into Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was the “Team Before Self” award winner as a senior. Pope is a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne College Hall of Fame. A shoulder injury ended Pope’s World Football League career after one year.

Pope was born in Monroe, N.C.  Michael and his wife, Lee have two sons. Travus spends his time between Naples, Fla., where he runs a hedge fund, and Hollywood, Calif., where he is a co-producer in the movie industry. Daron lives in New York City and runs the business side of his wife’s company: Rosie Pope Maternity and Mom Prep. Rosie, a native of London, is the star of Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels.” Along with their busy television and business life, they are the parents of three young children: sons, J.R. and Wellington (named after the Giants’ late, beloved owner), and a daughter, Vivienne Madison Pope, born on Mother’s Day, 2012.

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