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5 things to know about new fullback Cullen Gillaspia

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Five things to know about new Giants fullback Cullen Gillaspia:

1. After being drafted in the seventh round (220nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft, Gillaspia spent his first two seasons with the Houston Texans before being waived earlier this month. The Giants signed him to a contract one week later.

2. Gillaspia touched the ball just once while playing 25 games, including two in the postseason, for the Texans; he caught a six-yard pass against the Steelers on September 27, 2020.

3. Gillaspia appeared in nine games last season, playing seven snaps on offense and 116 snaps on special teams. As a rookie, Gillaspia played in all 16 games. He played 13 snaps on offense and 274 on special teams where he was a standout.

4. He attended Texas A&M, where he joined the football team as a walk-on linebacker. Prior to his senior season, Gillaspia moved to fullback and went on to start every game. He rushed the ball five times for 33 yards (6.6 avg.) and a touchdown that year while catching five passes for 52 yards. He also finished his collegiate career with 25 tackles (17 solo), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks.

Gillaspia served as the Aggies' 12th man in every game from 2016-2018, a tradition where a walk-on special teams player wears the No. 12 jersey to represent the entire student body. Gillaspia became the first ever 12th man to be drafted into the NFL.

5. Born in Katy, Texas, Gillaspia attended James E. Taylor High School where he played baseball and football as an all-district linebacker and return specialist.

View photos of new Giants fullback Cullen Gillaspia.

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