Super Bowl XLVI came dangerously close to ending with the greatest play of all time rather than capping off another Giants' run for the ages.
On third-and-five from just behind midfield, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady chucked a desperation pass into the end zone with time running out. Along with teammates linebacker Jacquian Williams and safety Deon Grant, Kenny Phillips leapt into the air with reinforcements barreling into the end zone. After a few bounces around the scrum, the pass hit the turf as time expired and the Giants became world champs just like that.
Something you'd want to watch over and over, right? Wrong.
"I actually don't," the safety said on Monday. "If it comes on T.V. or a commercial or something like that, I check it out and… Other than that, not very much."
Come on, really?
"It's over and done with, so I don't," he continued. "I'm not that type of guy to just keep watching something over and like, 'Wow. I did that.' That's not me."
Phillips may just be the most humble player the University of Miami ever produced. But his play is anything but.
Last season, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell expected Phillips to take a "quantum leap." With all the injuries and the ensuing shifting of the defense, Phillips – like fellow safety Antrel Rolle -- had to play spot duty while the team turned it around the final few weeks of the season and beyond.
Now Fewell is expecting even more.
"Kenny was a good cover guy in the playoffs, as you could see last year," Fewell said. "He did some things outside of what he did in the course of the season last year, so we'll tinker during training camp and fit him into different roles this year. So yes, we definitely have plans for Kenny Phillips."
Same goes for Rolle, and the two plan on returning to their ball-hawking days.
"The sky's the limit," Phillips said. "Just having another playmaker back there is going to allow me to put me in a better position to make plays and not have to always be the deep safety and try to play hero."