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Justin Tuck says he didn’t work hard enough last year

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Giants defensive end Justin Tuck missed four games last season and had just five sacks, and he now says he struggled in part because he wasn’t in great shape.

Tuck told ESPN that he has been working much harder this offseason because he’s motivated by what happened when he didn’t work hard enough last offseason. The lockout allowed Tuck time to travel and relax, but he now believes he had too much rest and relaxation in 2011.

I definitely didn’t work as hard as I should’ve last year,” Tuck said. “The lockout was going on. I took a trip to Africa. There were some things I did in the past that I didn’t do last summer.”

Tuck has eschewed lifting weights and is instead doing offseason work that includes obstacle courses and uphill sprints, including runs up a steep incline dubbed “Puke Hill.” So it sounds like he’s more than making up for an easy offseason last year.

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5 Responses to “Justin Tuck says he didn’t work hard enough last year”
  1. irongiants1973 says: Jul 20, 2012 1:35 PM

    No problem Justin. Keep making us proud. Chumps talk dynasty, champs talk about getting even better. Love it.

  2. wenellniners says: Jul 20, 2012 1:44 PM

    i’m a niners’ fan and i love this guy. i love his attitude and work ethic. justin tuck would have been a success with anything he did in life.

  3. jag8917 says: Jul 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    Less than a week before they strap ’em up! Let’s go!

  4. firesnyder says: Jul 20, 2012 4:05 PM

    Tuck must’ve been too busy shooting all those Subway commercials.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 21, 2012 3:37 PM

    I’ve said for years: one of the most underrated DE’s in the game. An absolute beast against the run and a damn good pass rusher to boot.

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