George Selvie played for New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in 2010 when Spagnuolo was head coach of the St. Louis Rams and Selvie was a seventh-round draft pick trying to make it in the NFL. Now that Selvie is an established player he and Spagnuolo have found each other again with the Giants, and Selvie is thrilled.
"I'm excited to be here," Selvie said in a release issued by the Giants on Friday. "It's a great opportunity for me. And I'm excited to be playing with JPP again, along with Spags. I'm excited for the opportunity to be here."
Selvie, whose signing was officially announced Friday morning, knows what to expect from Spagnuolo:
"Spags is a hell of a guy," Selvie said. "He's a fiery guy. He wants everything to be perfect. He likes to blitz and get after the quarterback. I know he loves his defensive linemen, so I'm excited to be here with him.
"I've been through it (changing teams) before, so it's going to be pretty easy. Spags drafted me in St. Louis, so I've played in his defense before. It's a 4-3 defense, and I'm excited about playing in it."
Selvie has also played with Jason Pierre-Paul before. The two were teammates at USF. In 2010 the Giants made Pierre-Paul the 15th overall player selected. Spagnuolo and the Rams made Selvie the 226th selection.
"We were on opposite sides, but we worked together," Pierre-Paul said. "He's a dedicated worker, and I know he's going to work to try to get better and better.
"George is going to fill in that gap that we have on that other side. He is going to fight for that starting spot. That's a good thing. That will make everybody work harder."