Training camp, even the more player-friendly version mandated by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, can be full of drudgery for NFL players. To break up a little of that monotony, and get away from the serious football chatter here at Big Blue View for just a little bit, I asked New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski if he would be game for a somewhat light-hearted interview.
The second-year man from Pitt was up for the adventure. After the jump, an off-beat interview with Hynoski. We had some fun doing it. I hope you have fun reading it.Best meal you've had in Albany?
Hynoski said that was Chicken Picatta at the Cheesecake Factory in Colonie Center. He added that the evening turned into a team event as he went with Tyler Sash, Spencer Paysinger, Bear Pascoe, Chris Hopkins and Ryan Purvis. going along with him. Hynoski said several other teammates showed up, as well.
"Word kinda got out, we had to take some pictures but everybody was pretty respectful. It was enjoyable," he said.
Training camp in Albany or New Jersey?
"It doesn't matter to me, I like both spots. It's a nice change of pace being up here. New Jersey was just a little more convenient because every was under one roof. We didn't have to drive to lunch. But I like it here, too."
"I didn't get either of 'em, so [when] I got one of 'em that's gonna be my favorite."
Best fullback in the Hynoski family?
"My dad. I'm just trying to get to my dad's level."
For those who aren't familiar, Hynoski's father, Henry Sr., was a sixth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1975. He played only one season before an injury prematurely ended his career. Henry Sr.'s career ended with seven carries for 38 yards, four pass receptions, two kickoff returns and eight punt returns.
Best advice from your parents?
"Just go out, work hard and do what I love. They always just tell me do what you love, and football is what I love. That's what they told me from day one. They told me they didn't care if I played football at a young age, but that's what I wanted to do. I just love the sport, and it's in my family."
Which guy on this defense are you glad you don't have to hit in a real game?
"I didn't get to hit Shaun Rogers yet, but I can't imagine that would be a whole lot of fun -- 380 pounds, or whatever he is."
Funniest guy on this team?
Hynoski had a tough time with this one, actually asking to come back to move on and come back to it. Which we did.
Hynoski wouldn't share any stories, though, saying "gotta keep it appropriate."
Favorite sports movie?
"I like 'The Natural.' I think that's a great movie. Favorite football movie 'Any Given Sunday.' I love 'Any Given Sunday.' Hard-core, exemplifies what it really is like on the game field."
Thanks to Henry for venturing away from football for a couple of minutes and having some fun with us.