Justin Pugh
G #67
Height:
6-4
Weight:
301
Age:
27
College:
Syracuse
Hometown:
Holland, PA
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2016):

G
11
GS
11

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a first-round (19th Pick Overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    In his first 4 seasons, Pugh started all 55 regular-season games and 1 postseason game in which he played – 31 at right tackle, including all 16 as a rookie, 23 at left guard, and 1 at left tackle in the regular season, and 1 at left guard in the postseason.
-    In 2016, started all 11 regular-season games in which he played, and the NFC Wild Card Game, at left guard…Inactive for 5 games from Nov. 14-Dec. 11 with a knee injury he suffered vs. Philadelphia (11/6)…One of the primary contributors on an offensive line that allowed only 22 regular-season sacks, behind only Oakland (19) and Pittsburgh (21).
-     In 2015, started all 14 games in which he played, including 12 at left guard, and 1 apiece at each tackle spot…Inactive vs. New England (11/15) and at Washington (11/29) with a concussion…After 2 seasons at right tackle, was moved in the offseason to left guard, where he started the first 2 games…Lined up at left tackle vs. Washington (9/24) because Ereck Flowers was inactive with an ankle injury…Started at right tackle in the season finale vs. Philadelphia (1/3)… Key component on a line that helped the Giants finish 6th in the NFL in scoring (26.3 points a game) and 8th in total yards (372.3 a game) and helped Eli Manning throw 35 touchdown passes while setting a franchise record with 387 completions.
-    In 2014, started all 14 games in which he played at right tackle…Left game vs. San Francisco (11/16) with a quad injury and missed the next 2 games, vs. Dallas (11/23) and at Jacksonville (11/30)…Pugh was part of a line that helped the Giants finish 10th in the NFL in yards-per-game (367.2), including 7th in passing yardage (267.0), and was instrumental in Eli Manning setting a franchise record with 379 completions.   
-    As a rookie in 2013, started all 16 games at right tackle…Pugh was a) the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 2006; b) the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl in 2003; and c) the first Giants’ first-round draft choice to do so since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1981…Pugh was just the 4th Giants first-round draft choice to start every game in their rookie season since the 1970 merger. The others were linebacker Jim Files (1970), guard John Hicks (1974) and Taylor (1981).
-    When Pugh started the season opener at Dallas (9/8) he became a) the first Giants rookie to start a season opener since linebacker Greg Jones in 2011; b) the first Giants offensive rookie to start an opener since tight end Michael Matthews on Sept. 9, 2007, also in Dallas; c) the first Giants rookie offensive lineman to start an opener since Chris Snee in 2004 (Snee lined up next to Pugh at right guard); and d) the first Giants first-round draft choice to start a season opener since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002.

COLLEGE:
-    After redshirting in 2009, Pugh started all 34 games in which he played at left tackle…He blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his 3 seasons at Syracuse…Pugh was the school’s first offensive lineman to earn All-America honors since 1990…In his career, Pugh was credited with 40 touchdown-resulting blocks and 288 knockdowns…As a senior in 2012, Pugh missed the first 4 games while recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery, but became Syracuse’s first offensive lineman to earn All-America honors (3rd-team by The NFL Draft Report) since center John Flannery in 1990…He was also named All-Big East Conference for the 3rd consecutive year and 2nd as a first-team choice…Started the final 9 games at left offensive tackle, where he recorded 13 touchdown-resulting blocks for a running attack that scored 21 times and averaged 187.0 yards per game…Registered 102 knockdowns, marking the first time an Orange lineman recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 100…Helped the team set school single-season records for completions (295), touchdown passes (26), passing yards (3,757) and total offense (6,188 yards), which led the Big East and was tied for 17th in the FBS with an average of 476.0 yards-per-game…Protected fellow Giants draft choice Ryan Nassib, who threw for 3,749 yards and 26 touchdowns…In 2011, Pugh started all 12 games for the Orange at left tackle and earned All-Big East first-team honors…In 2010, he started all 13 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and was named 2nd-team All-Big East.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted the 3rd Annual Pugh Crew Summer Kickoff football camp free of charge for youth players 6-18 years old...Visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to thank the members of the military for their service, host a youth football event for their kids, and announce the 2017 Round 5 NFL Draft pick on t.v. with his brother, who is a stationed at the base...Served as a co-host for the 2017 NBC4 and Telemundo Health and Fitness Expo Presented by Quest Diagnostics at MetLife Stadium, interacting with fans in attendance, and leading the “Zen in the Zone” yoga event on Sunday morning...Raised awareness for Wounded Warrior Project by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the league-wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”..Participated in Pros vs. GI Joes and played video games against military veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project, which works to provide services and programs for the benefit of wounded service members...Hosted a Play 60 clinic at the NFL Experience during Super Bowl LI week...Serves as a national spokesperson for Shriners Hospitals for Children...Honored first responders on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by joining firefighters from Engine 34 Ladder 21 for a casual BBQ dinner at their firehouse in Hell’s Kitchen...Attended the premier fundraising event for The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Champions for Children Gala, which raises over $1.5 million to support the families of children with cancer and build awareness for the cause...Attended the GIANT Night of Comedy hosted by the Rashad Jennings Foundation at New York Gotham’s Comedy Club...Attended the Clara Maass Medical Center Golf Invitational that raises funds to support programs and services at the hospital...Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters...Played in the Newark Mentoring Movement Golf Outing.

PERSONAL:
-    Pugh graduated in December 2012, with a degree in finance from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management… Starred at Council Rock South High School in Holland, Pa…Earned the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the Top 50 high school scholar-athletes in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) during his senior season. The award recognizes athletics, academics and community service…Added All-Area and All-Suburban One League 1st-team honors as a junior and senior, in addition to being named 2nd-team All-Area and All-State as a defensive lineman by the Pennsylvania Football News during the 2008 season…Earlier in his career, he was a 2nd-team All-Area choice as a sophomore offensive tackle…The senior was named his team’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year while serving as team captain in 2008…Selected to play for Pennsylvania in the 2009 Big 33 All-Star Classic…Also heavily involved in Special Olympics and volunteered for Athletes Helping Athletes.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a first-round (19th Pick Overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    In his first 4 seasons, Pugh started all 55 regular-season games and 1 postseason game in which he played – 31 at right tackle, including all 16 as a rookie, 23 at left guard, and 1 at left tackle in the regular season, and 1 at left guard in the postseason.
-    In 2016, started all 11 regular-season games in which he played, and the NFC Wild Card Game, at left guard…Inactive for 5 games from Nov. 14-Dec. 11 with a knee injury he suffered vs. Philadelphia (11/6)…One of the primary contributors on an offensive line that allowed only 22 regular-season sacks, behind only Oakland (19) and Pittsburgh (21).
-     In 2015, started all 14 games in which he played, including 12 at left guard, and 1 apiece at each tackle spot…Inactive vs. New England (11/15) and at Washington (11/29) with a concussion…After 2 seasons at right tackle, was moved in the offseason to left guard, where he started the first 2 games…Lined up at left tackle vs. Washington (9/24) because Ereck Flowers was inactive with an ankle injury…Started at right tackle in the season finale vs. Philadelphia (1/3)… Key component on a line that helped the Giants finish 6th in the NFL in scoring (26.3 points a game) and 8th in total yards (372.3 a game) and helped Eli Manning throw 35 touchdown passes while setting a franchise record with 387 completions.
-    In 2014, started all 14 games in which he played at right tackle…Left game vs. San Francisco (11/16) with a quad injury and missed the next 2 games, vs. Dallas (11/23) and at Jacksonville (11/30)…Pugh was part of a line that helped the Giants finish 10th in the NFL in yards-per-game (367.2), including 7th in passing yardage (267.0), and was instrumental in Eli Manning setting a franchise record with 379 completions.   
-    As a rookie in 2013, started all 16 games at right tackle…Pugh was a) the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 2006; b) the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl in 2003; and c) the first Giants’ first-round draft choice to do so since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1981…Pugh was just the 4th Giants first-round draft choice to start every game in their rookie season since the 1970 merger. The others were linebacker Jim Files (1970), guard John Hicks (1974) and Taylor (1981).
-    When Pugh started the season opener at Dallas (9/8) he became a) the first Giants rookie to start a season opener since linebacker Greg Jones in 2011; b) the first Giants offensive rookie to start an opener since tight end Michael Matthews on Sept. 9, 2007, also in Dallas; c) the first Giants rookie offensive lineman to start an opener since Chris Snee in 2004 (Snee lined up next to Pugh at right guard); and d) the first Giants first-round draft choice to start a season opener since tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002.

COLLEGE:
-    After redshirting in 2009, Pugh started all 34 games in which he played at left tackle…He blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his 3 seasons at Syracuse…Pugh was the school’s first offensive lineman to earn All-America honors since 1990…In his career, Pugh was credited with 40 touchdown-resulting blocks and 288 knockdowns…As a senior in 2012, Pugh missed the first 4 games while recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery, but became Syracuse’s first offensive lineman to earn All-America honors (3rd-team by The NFL Draft Report) since center John Flannery in 1990…He was also named All-Big East Conference for the 3rd consecutive year and 2nd as a first-team choice…Started the final 9 games at left offensive tackle, where he recorded 13 touchdown-resulting blocks for a running attack that scored 21 times and averaged 187.0 yards per game…Registered 102 knockdowns, marking the first time an Orange lineman recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 100…Helped the team set school single-season records for completions (295), touchdown passes (26), passing yards (3,757) and total offense (6,188 yards), which led the Big East and was tied for 17th in the FBS with an average of 476.0 yards-per-game…Protected fellow Giants draft choice Ryan Nassib, who threw for 3,749 yards and 26 touchdowns…In 2011, Pugh started all 12 games for the Orange at left tackle and earned All-Big East first-team honors…In 2010, he started all 13 games at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and was named 2nd-team All-Big East.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Hosted the 3rd Annual Pugh Crew Summer Kickoff football camp free of charge for youth players 6-18 years old...Visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to thank the members of the military for their service, host a youth football event for their kids, and announce the 2017 Round 5 NFL Draft pick on t.v. with his brother, who is a stationed at the base...Served as a co-host for the 2017 NBC4 and Telemundo Health and Fitness Expo Presented by Quest Diagnostics at MetLife Stadium, interacting with fans in attendance, and leading the “Zen in the Zone” yoga event on Sunday morning...Raised awareness for Wounded Warrior Project by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the league-wide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”..Participated in Pros vs. GI Joes and played video games against military veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project, which works to provide services and programs for the benefit of wounded service members...Hosted a Play 60 clinic at the NFL Experience during Super Bowl LI week...Serves as a national spokesperson for Shriners Hospitals for Children...Honored first responders on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by joining firefighters from Engine 34 Ladder 21 for a casual BBQ dinner at their firehouse in Hell’s Kitchen...Attended the premier fundraising event for The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Champions for Children Gala, which raises over $1.5 million to support the families of children with cancer and build awareness for the cause...Attended the GIANT Night of Comedy hosted by the Rashad Jennings Foundation at New York Gotham’s Comedy Club...Attended the Clara Maass Medical Center Golf Invitational that raises funds to support programs and services at the hospital...Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters...Played in the Newark Mentoring Movement Golf Outing.

PERSONAL:
-    Pugh graduated in December 2012, with a degree in finance from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management… Starred at Council Rock South High School in Holland, Pa…Earned the Maxwell Award, which is presented to the Top 50 high school scholar-athletes in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) during his senior season. The award recognizes athletics, academics and community service…Added All-Area and All-Suburban One League 1st-team honors as a junior and senior, in addition to being named 2nd-team All-Area and All-State as a defensive lineman by the Pennsylvania Football News during the 2008 season…Earlier in his career, he was a 2nd-team All-Area choice as a sophomore offensive tackle…The senior was named his team’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year while serving as team captain in 2008…Selected to play for Pennsylvania in the 2009 Big 33 All-Star Classic…Also heavily involved in Special Olympics and volunteered for Athletes Helping Athletes.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGames
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TOTAL 55 55
2016 NYG 11 11
2015 NYG 14 14
2014 NYG 14 14
2013 NYG 16 16

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