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Giants Now: Principal Henry Hynoski recognized by NFL Alumni

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Principal Henry Hynoski recognized by NFL Alumni

There are many different routes an NFL player can take once he decides to hang up his cleats. Some go into coaching, while some go into broadcasting. Others decide to go back to school in order to pursue a vastly different career path.

Former Giants fullback and Super Bowl Champion Henry Hynoski falls into that final category. After retiring from the NFL, Hynoski got his master's degree in business education. He then served as assistant principal and dean of students at Shamokin Area School District, where he also coached the football team.

Last year, Hynoski received the opportunity to lead a school himself as he was named principal at his alma mater, Southern Columbia Area High School, in Catawissa, Pa.

NFL Alumni recently recognized Hynoski for his work.

"A lot of people just view me as a football player, but I really am an academic," said the 35-year old principal. "I believe that my opportunities wouldn't have presented themselves to me if I didn't maintain such an academic rigor."

Hynoski played 46 games across four seasons with the Giants. During his rookie season, the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. While Hynoski's primary role throughout the 2011 campaign was to lead the way for running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, the fullback registered two receptions for 19 yards against the Patriots while also recovering a key fumble in the third quarter.

The former fullback was born in Elysburg, Pa., and attended Southern Columbia. He graduated in 2007 and went on to attend the University of Pittsburgh before signing with the Giants in 2011.

"Being able to return to my home district, my alma mater, the community I love and cherish so much, that's an opportunity that doesn't come around too often," Hynoski said. "I love being involved with all the programs, athletic games, school and academic events that we had this first semester before Christmas break. That is really my focus."

"We at NFL Alumni wish our brother Henry Hynoski and his family much success in his current position and congratulate him for earning not just one but two college degrees," wrote the NFL Alumni Association. "He is a terrific role model for his young students, who are fortunate to have such an energetic educator as the school's leader."

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