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New York Giants Notes: Reunion Chatter, Much More

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some stories of interest for you today.

Giants Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ’86 Win | Pro Player Insiders
"I always say that the group from ’86 was the absolute best group of guys to be a part of, because they were just so unselfish," Carson recently recalled in an interview published on the Giants’ team website. "We all worked together, we worked with the coaches. Whatever differences we had, we put them aside. I always (say) that we checked our egos at the door and we did what was best for the team."

After 25 years, Super Bowl champion Giants are still the same great team |
Time had not unwound the ties that still bind them nor lessened the chemistry they still share with each other. As soon as they were together again, it was back to the same jokes, the same cues and the same experience.

"I think what we all found out is 25 years later, nobody has changed," Phil Simms said. "The same things that went on in the locker room went on Saturday night."

At Giants reunion, NFL alumni president George Martin has strong words for DeMaurice Smith |

"When you don’t have a conversation with the recognized leader of the NFL alumni, how can you say you have the best interests of retired players at heart when you won’t even sit down and talk to their leadership," Martin said. "That to me flies in the face of that rationale."

"I’ve never been given the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about some of the similarities or some of our objectives," Martin said. "I really resent the fact that that opportunity hasn’t been presented to me despite his pledge to do so. You have to be a man of your word. You have to have the integrity. I think that calls into question where Mr. DeMaurice Smith resides."

Martin has found a willing ear in Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner. They have met at least 20 times.

"When that’s the only open door to you, when that’s the only receptive door to you, you have a tendency to take full advantage of it," Martin said. "We’ve done that and we are doing that. It seems instead of DeMaurice Smith following suit and saying let’s do likewise, he has criticized those meetings—which I think is deplorable."

New York Giants Rookie Greg Jones Feeling Confident After a Week of Jonathan Goff Tutelage | Giants 101
New York Giants rookie linebacker Greg Jones says he's feeling even more confident in himself after a week of mentoring courtesy of Jonathan Goff.

Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon feels fully recovered one year after tearing knee ligament |
"We were just talking today about how it would be nice to jump in the cold tub, just see the trainer for a little bit, get a massage here and there," Hixon said. "It’s tough. You try to have a makeshift New York Giants facility somewhere. … I know I was looking forward to doing the OTAs and the 1-on-1s and kind of getting the reps I missed. So not being there, you have to kind of have your friends play DB or somebody else try to create the best look they can."

Plaxico Burress Updates

St. Louis Rams unlikely to pursue Plaxico Burress - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams are not interested in Plaxico Burress.

Plaxico Burress: 'Just Give Me a Playbook' -
"You never know what may happen," Burress said. "I love New York. My fan base has always supported me there, and I've had teammates there who I've shared special moments with outside of football."

Around the NFL

NFL lockout: Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris says he communicated with players |
During radio interview, says he communicated with three players 'all the time' news: Titans plan to discipline -- but not cut -- troubled WR Britt
Barring further problems, Tennessee plans to hold on to its troubled and talented third-year receiver Kenny Britt, according to a team source.

The Titans view Britt as the second best player, behind Chris Johnson, on their entire roster, and aren't ready to give up on him yet. The club considers him a potential top-five type of receiver, but also recognizes the obvious -- that Britt simply hasn't grown up and out of the reputation he had as an immature kid coming out of Rutgers.