Justin Tuck had to fight through adversity.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan interviewed former New York Giants’ defensive lineman Justin Tuck on his “Breaking Big Blue” podcast and the former sackmaster says that he almost retired before the 2011 NFL season.
While talking to Raanan, Tuck revealed that that year was very tough for him as he lost three uncles and his grandfather. He met with former Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin during the 2011 season because of the funk he was in.
“Listen, at the time a lot of people don’t know this. I was thinking about retiring at the beginning of that year,” Tuck said. “I had a lot of things going on outside of football that was..I felt like needed my attention. That needed more than just me being a football player at the time. And that was probably me feeling a little sorry for myself, to be honest with you.”
Tuck also said that the family losses and nagging injuries both really made the 2011 season difficult for him. He did only record five sacks that season. He did end up with 5.5 sacks during the playoffs.
Tuck of course continued to play for the Giants until 2013. Then he finished his career with the Oakland Raiders from 2014-15.
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