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Giants legends make appearance in Robin Hood's 'Heroes of New York' charity event

On Tuesday night, Giants legends Eli Manning, Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck were among a long list of celebrities to make an appearance in Robin Hood's charity event, Heroes of New York: A Robin Hood Special.

Robin Hood's 'Heroes of New York' event is a celebration of New York City's resiliency and generosity in times of desperate need.

Robin Hood has done some amazing work for the community over the years, but the organization has gone above and beyond with everything that has occurred in 2020.

As the organization's website states, "For over thirty years, Robin Hood has been finding, fueling and creating the most impactful and scalable solutions to lift families out of poverty in New York City. We partner with over 250 nonprofits to support food, housing, education, legal services, workforce development, and more to New Yorkers living in poverty across all five boroughs."

The Robin Hood Relief Fund is helping New Yorkers by supporting nonprofit organizations on the frontlines. Robin Hood has already distributed over $60 million in COVID-19 relief this year, while funding 599 different organizations and giving 754 grants.

Also scheduled to make appearances during Tuesday night's event were Al Pacino, Andy Cohen, Ice T, John McEnroe, Jon Stewart, Kelly Ripa, Kevin Bacon, Mariano Rivera, Michael Che, Ryan Seacrest, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and more.

Special musical performances included Andra Day, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennett and more.

"Robin Hood's work to elevate New Yorkers from poverty is more consequential than ever before. Because of the generosity of New Yorkers, we are providing relief through 600 frontline community partners who are feeding, housing, and caring for the city's most vulnerable, while pushing for policy changes that will permanently remove barriers to economic mobility. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New York and throughout the country, we know our work is not yet done," said Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood.

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Saquon Barkley tackles rehab while enjoying 'Wayne Train' Gallman's breakout year

It has been 72 days since Saquon Barkley tore his right ACL early in the second quarter of the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. That means he is 72 percent better today.

The Pro Bowl running back joined NFL Network's "Good Morning Football" on Tuesday to update his progress, which he is tackling day to day, much like his streaking Giants team.

"Life is good," Barkley said. "Obviously, I'd love to be out there with my team and playing the sport I love, but everything happens for a reason. I'm just trying to get one percent better every single day, rehabbing every single day, just focusing on the little things, and try to make sure that I'm ready to go for next year for my team."

But not until the 2020 Giants finish their business.

It has been 329 days since the Giants hired Joe Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history, so are they 329 percent better?

After losing their first five games and starting 1-7, the Giants have won their last three games and sit atop the NFC East. They hold the tiebreaker over Washington, which holds a matching 4-7 record, after sweeping the season series.

The Giants will look to make it four wins in a row with Sunday's visit to Seattle. This game – and only this game – is where the Giants are focused.

"I think it starts with Coach Judge and all the coaches," Barkley said. "They're doing a tremendous job of keeping the main thing the main thing – and that's coming [in] every single day and focusing on the little things, focus on getting one percent better that day. Obviously, we know right now where we're sitting – at the top of the NFC East – but sadly, we wish it was today, but the playoff [schedule] doesn't start next week. We've still got the rest of the season still to focus on. We've got to get better and finish the season strong. Everything that we wanted from the beginning of the year, our goals, are still on the line and we've got to know they're there. But we've got to stay focused on the little things."

Dave DeGuglielmo looks to keep Giants' O-line moving in proper direction

Dave DeGuglielmo joined the Giants amid less than ideal conditions, but he said today his arrival and the task before him are both quite simple.

The man known throughout the NFL as Guge was named the team's new offensive line coach during the Giants' bye week on Nov. 18. He replaced Marc Colombo in a change of position coaches. But DeGuglielmo believes the focus should be on his job and not the events that led to him obtaining it.

"I guess it would be the equivalent of a plumber called to a different company to do a plumbing job," he said on a Zoom call in his first public comments since joining the team. "Generally speaking, this is what I do. Sometimes the circumstances are more advantageous for me personally, but I think there's a solid system here. (Coach) Joe Judge and (offensive coordinator) Jason Garrett have a solid system in place. I'm coming in to just do my role as a line coach and try to keep things moving in the proper direction. That's all.

"It's not overly complicated or anything like that. And I'm doing the adjusting. I'm having to learn a new language, if you will. It's like taking a job in Spain and I don't know Spanish. Well, I still know how to do my job, I just don't know the language of it. That's all and that's really been the adjustment."

DeGuglielmo, 52, has 28 years of coaching experience, including 15 in the NFL. This is his second go-round with the Giants. He was an assistant offensive line coach under Pat Flaherty on Tom Coughlin's staff from 2004-08, a period when the Giants earned four playoff berths and won two NFC East titles and Super Bowl XLII.

DeGuglielmo spent the 2019 season as the offensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins – his third turn on their coaching staff. He replaced Flaherty, who was fired just four days into training camp by then first-year head coach Brian Flores.

Judge and DeGuglielmo worked together on Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England in 2014-15. After first bringing in his former colleague as a consultant, Judge decided to hire DeGuglielmo as the O-line coach.

"I came in and was in Covid protocol," DeGuglielmo said. "I was in a hotel room watching film and trying to get acclimated to the system. Then the role changed from consultant to line coach. Again, I just kind of follow the lead of the head coach. This was the direction he wanted me to go, and I went with it."


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