New York Giants long-snapper Zak DeOssie was today named to his second Pro Bowl. He also went two seasons ago when then-Giants Jeff Feagles and John Carney were the kickers.
"Through my experience from the last time I went, I understand that this is the time where they choose the long snappers," DeOssie said today. "In the back of my mind, I had a one-in-16 chance at the worst. So, I figured maybe I could be getting a call, maybe not. I don't know how it works and who it's up to ultimately, but apparently somebody down in Atlanta saw something that they like and they extended an invitation to me, which I'm very fortunate about."
DeOssie was selected by Atlanta coach Mike Smith. Whatever the criteria, DeOssie is an excellent snapper. Good thing, too, because it's the only reason he has an NFL career. The whole linebacker thing never worked out for the four-year pro from Brown. For the 2010 season DeOssie dropped all pretense of being an NFL linebacker, and worked solely on snapping and special teams play.
"I think I had my best year snapping," DeOssie said. "It all comes down to consistency, and again having Sage and Lawrence there helping me. Matt and I will keep working. I felt more confident this year than I have in the past.
"It feels great. I'm just fortunate that these coaches thought of me again. No long snapper is used to getting any sort of recognition. I'm not complaining about that, but at the same time, it's a little different and not a bad thing."