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ESPN finally figures out who Justin Tuck is

Justin_tuck_medium New York Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck is finally getting some much-deserved recognition.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News recently wrote a nice piece on Tuck.

Now ESPN's NFC East blogger Matt Mosley has picked up on the theme. I am not generally a Mosley fan. He is a former Dallas Cowboys beat reporter, and his blog seems to be all Cowboys all the time. For example, as I write this I am looking at Mosley's last five posts, and each one has something to do with the Cowboys.

Mosley did take timeout the other day from his Cowboy love-fest to say some nice things about Tuck.

In his own quiet way, Tuck has set the tone for the defense over the past couple of weeks since Umenyiora suffered a season-ending knee injury. Fans were worried he might try to put too much pressure on himself, but that's not his style at all.

He's a relentless worker, but he doesn't sit around trying to analyze this opportunity. Perhaps no other player on the defense typifies Tom Coughlin's team-first concept than Tuck. And even though he's relatively shy, he's becoming a go-to quote for the New York media. Linebacker Antonio Pierce is the most outgoing player on the team, but he's disgruntled about his contract right now. Fortunately, agent Drew Rosenhaus is feeling some good vibes from GM Jerry Reese right now, so perhaps something will get done after the season.

Anyway, I think Coughlin has to be thrilled by what he's seeing from Tuck. He's always led by example, but right now, he's also saying some inspiring things in the locker room.

Nice of you to notice there is life outside of Valley Ranch, Matt!