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Giants open camp looking to defend title


Parades held. Rings sized. Books written. Live comedy shows hosted.

Winning the Super Bowl is sweet, and the world won't let you stop tasting it.

There comes a time, however, to move on. Over the last few months of minicamps and OTAs, players reiterated that notion of putting the season to rest, but now it's reality with the start of training camp.

Justin Tuck has been through this once before following his first of two Super Bowls. Now he is curious about one thing.

"Just how we respond to everybody patting us on our back all offseason," Tuck said outside the dorms at the University at Albany campus on Thursday. "I'm curious to see if we come in hungry, like I think we will be. Just to see where our mind is. I know guys have been training. I know guys are physically ready, but it's a different grind when you're on top of the mountain."

After the 2008 camp and preseason, the Giants were on their way to defending the title with an 11-1 start and a No. 1 seed, but ultimately fell in the first playoff game.

"I mean, we hope we start off the same way," Mathias Kiwanuka said. "Now we hope we finish the season a little differently than we did that year. I think the momentum can carry. It could be a good thing. It could be a bad thing, depending on how you use it, and I feel like as a group, we have the right mindset. We're not looking back on last year. What's done is done, but we'll take the successful things we did and try to recreate that again this year."

The two-ring club will be there each step of the way.

"We did it before," Tuck said. "There's a lot of buzz around this football team. I'm sure the fans are very excited – we're excited. The big thing is get our work in and realize that last year was last year. It's a completely different year, and that's what our focus needs to be.



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