New York Giants News and Notes: White House Friday Edition

Good morning fellow Giants fans. It isn't every day a sports team has the chance to visit the White House, but our Super Bowl champion New York Giants will do just that today, and it's expected that President Obama will highlight the team's ongoing support of our military and their families. I know that Tom Coughlin must be thrilled to be doing this for the second time in five years, as he takes national pride very seriously. Meanwhile, there were more OTAs this week, and next week mini-camp starts. So let's see what's going on.....

Giants burgeoning star Jason Pierre-Paul proving to be a student of the game - Yahoo! Sports
As Pierre-Paul prepares for his third season, hoping to follow up on his breakout, 16 ½-sack campaign that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, the natural tendency is to attribute his success to his freakish athletic ability. While he is his physical gifts are unquestionable – as evidenced by his legendary back flips – that ignores another important quality: Pierre-Paul is not afraid to ask questions, even questions others might be embarrassed to ask.

Eli Manning: NFL Players Rank New York Giants QB No. 31 in NFL Top 100 : New York Giants
The players whiffed when they did not even place New York Giants QB Eli Manning in the top 100 last year, and they got it wrong again when they ranked him the 31st player, as shown by the NFL Network tonight. Really? There were 30 players who had better seasons than the Super Bowl XLVI MVP?

Agreed!

What It Takes to Win in Business and in Sports—Twice! | ARIZONA INFORMANT
Since being named General Manager of the New York Giants in 2007, Jerry Reese has helped his team win two Super Bowl championships. During his tenure the Giants have won two NFC East championships, earned three postseason berths and have finished .50 or better in every season. With a keen eye for talent, players he helped sign made pivotal plays in each of those Super Bowl victories and Reese remains the only African American General Manager in the NFL to ever win a Super Bowl.

Great interview with JR.

Giants rookies make a visit and put everything in perspective | NJ.com
The 16 members of the Giants rookie class are just over a month into their NFL careers and are laboring through the struggles of the transition to the sport's highest level. But a trip to Monroe Township to visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey's Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place put it all in perspective.

Super Bowl champion Derrick Martin gives back by helping Denver kids - The Denver Post
This weekend, he'll host a fundraiser at Celebrity Lanes in Southeast Aurora through his Derrick Martin Foundation, as well as a football camp at TJ for what he hopes will be numerous emerging Derrick Martins.

NY Giants' star, cancer survivor Mark Herzlich still on for Camp Good Days - Brighton, NY - Brighton-Pittsford Post
New York Giants' star Mark Herzlich will speak at the upcoming Camp Good Days event later this month. Herzlich is a cancer survivor and will share his story with Camp Good Days and Special Times, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families who have been affected by cancer or life-threatening challenges.

Video: Victor Cruz Wants to Finish His Career with the New York Giants
Alexa Carroll caught up with New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz who comments on: Having success as an undrafted free agent from UMass Chemistry with Eli Manning New found stardom A desire to remain Giant for his entire career

Vernon Davis strongly believes that the 49ers are Super Bowl favorites | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Is there any reason it shouldn't have an abundance of confidence right now? Not in Vernon Davis' eyes. With a few careful nods to the hard work still ahead of the Niners, the incendiary tight end let it be known that he sees the 49ers at the top of the NFC heap.

Really, Vernon? Now I have to break out my "If my aunt had stones, she'd be my uncle" line. Thanks for that.

49ers Look To Do Even Better With New Additions
Heading into the 2012-2013 season the San Francisco 49ers and second year head coach Jim Harbaugh look to do even better than they did last year, losing in the NFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl winners, New York Giants. The 49ers, in the off season bolstered what was a weak passing game last year, in acquiring free agent Randy Moss, former Giants Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs, and even spending a first round pick in the draft on a speedy wide out in A.J. Jenkins.

This stuff is coming up in Google alerts, and Niners/Giants could wind up being a rivalry of the times.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Steve Spagnuolo Installs His New Defense in New Orleans
While the word bounty continues to fill most of the offseason news when it comes to the New Orleans Saints, it shouldn’t be overlooked that the Saints have been busy installing a new defense. They brought in former St. Louis head coach Steve Spagnuolo to overhaul a defense that ranked mostly in the middle of the road in the major defensive statistics last season.

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