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Justin Pugh gets mauled after getting his draft call


One of the most pleasant surprises of the night came when the Giants kept Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh in the Empire State by plucking Pugh with the 19th overall pick in the draft.

Pugh, a finance major who had a great appearance last month on PFT Live, got the call from coach Tom Coughlin.  And the exchange was captured on video.

Watch it, and wait for the moment where he hangs up the phone.

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46 Responses to “Justin Pugh gets mauled after getting his draft call”
  1. buccfaninhawkeyecountry says: Apr 26, 2013 8:52 AM

    That’s freakin awesome

  2. mykelane says: Apr 26, 2013 8:53 AM

    you’d think they ALL just won the lottery

  3. dasboat says: Apr 26, 2013 8:56 AM

    It’s fun to see some pure joy. But the Giants didn’t keep him in the Empire State. They are bringing him to the Garden State.

  4. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 8:56 AM

    Hope my friends maul me like that when I finally when the Powerball or Mega Millions. Be the closest thing to any real excitement in my life!

    Good video though. Shows the Excitement for these guys. Hell, if I could of played football (we didn’t have a team too small of a school) and made it to even be a 3-4 star recruit, do well in college and get drafted in the 7th, I’d be estatic. Who didn’t want to be a professional athlete growing up?

  5. miguelromerorhpat says: Apr 26, 2013 8:57 AM

    Did he knew that he was going to big blue??..i dont understand the thing of the hat..i just dont get it,..he knew it right?

  6. jwil007 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:03 AM

    Congrats….Always to good to see the kids have tons of support with family and friends…And get to stay home…Giants got a good 1….

  7. miketorres3 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:05 AM

    Welcome to The Giants big man!!!

  8. thesteelers says: Apr 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    If a couple of skinny boys can bring him down with ease, wait till he faces the Steel Curtain.

  9. crkmiec2013 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:11 AM

    That was just awesome!

  10. battle23 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:13 AM

    Was that an Eagles jersey one of his friends was wearing? hah..hope he has a receipt

  11. overkil2 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    That was awesome!!! Wish the kid all the best!

  12. onereasonableman says: Apr 26, 2013 9:16 AM

    One of the best videos I’ve seen. I liked how respectful he was. “Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir.” You could tell that even though he wanted off the phone, he had the sense to stick with the call.

    Wonderful reaction from his friends, although I’m sure he thought to himself, if one of you knuckleheads causes me to blow out my knee right now, I’m going to kill you!

    Congrats young man and good luck.

  13. raiderufan says: Apr 26, 2013 9:16 AM

    That was great and all but anyone who doesn’t think the “My Boy” shirt in the back ground isn’t the best part of the video is…well….wrong.

  14. chut26 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:21 AM

    Awesome vid! I love his buddy who is wearing what looks like an Eagles jersey

  15. theralph2012 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:30 AM

    Except that he’s not playing in the Empire State, the Giants play in New Jersey.

  16. capitala23 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:31 AM

    That’s pretty awesome. You could tell all his friends and family were so anxious to go nuts but were trying keep quiet.

    I started to get anxious too. What the heck were they telling him on the phone, it almost seemed like they just were yapping his ear off and repeating themselves over and over. I was getting the same anxiety I get when I have to talk to my sister-in-law on the phone. “Just stop talking already!”, Ha.

  17. truthfactory says: Apr 26, 2013 9:32 AM

    Very cool! These types of things will be going on all over the country over the next couple days. Good for them!

  18. rgiv says: Apr 26, 2013 9:34 AM

    Wouldn’t the Bills have to had drafted him in order for him to remain in the Empire State?

  19. sfm073 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:37 AM

    Now can I borrow a thousand dollars.

  20. pitofzombies94 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:42 AM

    With this guy being a Eagles fan I bet he is mad that now he has to go play for the giants well its better then playing for the redskins

  21. lapsncaps says: Apr 26, 2013 9:43 AM

    But don`t the Giants play in New Jersey? Last time I checked, that was not in the Empire State of New York. Despite using the “New York” name for marketing reasons, he will not be playing in New York. Only the Bills play there., but sometimes in Canada.

  22. johnnyballsack says: Apr 26, 2013 9:45 AM

    As a Giants fan, I could not be happier with this pick.

  23. str8cashomie2 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:48 AM

    this is awesome…very cool to see reax from guys like him, Star, EJ, Geno…

  24. sowcrates says: Apr 26, 2013 9:49 AM

    You could add the Home Alone “Marv Scream” audio to that pile up and not notice it’s there

  25. nesby2 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:53 AM

    Great memories for that young man that will last a lifetime. Congrats & keep working hard!

  26. eatitfanboy says: Apr 26, 2013 10:00 AM

    All I want to know is this: Did that woman ever find the remote?

  27. joetoronto says: Apr 26, 2013 10:01 AM

    That was fantastic, just loved it.

    Big props to the kid.

  28. fetchezlavache says: Apr 26, 2013 10:05 AM

    Since he’s at home in the Philly suburbs, one of his buddies looks like he is wearing an Pro Bowl jersey for an Eagles player. Great reaction from all his friends

  29. mixdgreens says: Apr 26, 2013 10:07 AM

    @miguelromerorhpat…..He didn’t know, but his mom had hat from each team. She was prepared!!!

  30. dallassux says: Apr 26, 2013 10:13 AM

    battle23 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 9:13 AM
    Was that an Eagles jersey one of his friends was wearing? hah..hope he has a receipt


    Went to high school and lives in the Philly suburbs. He’s a big Philly sports fan. That’s the reason for the eagles jersey and phillies hat. Gotta be weird to play the Giants. Will be a decent player though.

  31. smchristensen says: Apr 26, 2013 10:16 AM

    And there goes the ACL.

  32. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 10:17 AM

    I’ve often wondered about the hats/jerseys etc. I really think the NFL pretty much provides one of each jersey/hat to the guys slated to be in the top rounds–probably 1-3, maybe the 4th but I don’t know (maybe a good article for PFT to address after the draft, as I’ve always been curious about this too) and then once they are drafted they could just grab the hat of their new team/or be handed their hat and jersey if at the draft. I could be wrong. Heck, maybe all of them go and buy the hats themselves and then put on the one from whomever drafted them. After all, aren’t many of them getting paid under the table anyways…oh wait…

    Seriously though, this was a pretty awesome video and good to see something positive with so much negative in recent weeks.

  33. cestlavidaloca says: Apr 26, 2013 10:20 AM

    All you guys going “hurdur the Giants play in New Jersey” aren’t funny.

  34. gadzod says: Apr 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    Ha! His buddy in the Eagles jersey has a choice to make……root for his close friend as a Giant, or root for your team, the Eagles.

  35. alcore1 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:24 AM

    Now that he’s in the pros hopefully he’ll get some chicks to maul him instead of a bunch of dudes. Congrats bro !

  36. bookofelisha says: Apr 26, 2013 10:52 AM

    this is a great pickup by NYG! signed beatty this year to a 5 year deal, still got snee performing at a high level, got afew other guys now this guy..O line looks pretty solid going forward… i wouldnt mind a manti te’o now that hes at round 2

  37. romad21 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:20 AM

    They are the NY giants. It is their name and has been for a long time. The comments about NJ are predictable and boring. Get over it.

    Glad Giants went o-line. Hope Pugh works out.

  38. deep64blue says: Apr 26, 2013 11:28 AM

    Guy in the background looks like he wants to be sick when he realises it’s the Giants!

  39. rjg427 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:35 AM

    @mobuccsfan they showed it last night what goes on..they actually have ironing machines right there backstage, and during that delay from when the pick is in and goodell comes out…they quickly iron on the guys name onto the jersey already with the number 1 on it…They must also have computers there that design the guys name in the correct font, cuz I was paying special attention to that last night

  40. strctlylo says: Apr 26, 2013 11:44 AM

    the best part of the video, besides the ending, is 22 seconds in when he says ‘i’m excited to be a giant’, his boy behind him in the striped sweater puts on a face like he just got kicked in the nads. ‘oh no, not the giants’.

  41. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 11:58 AM


    I thought I had read/heard this somewhere before–regards to jerseys. The hats being on hand in the homes is the one that always gets me. It seems like most of them always are seen putting on the draft hat at least, so that would be interesting…at least to me but i live in Missouri and have no life really outside of work, fishing, football and my writing, so what do I know lol. Thanks for clarifying this.

    I still loved this video and the overall reaction. One of the better ones I’ve seen and definitely great to see some positive vibes for a change around this place (country/world etc.). Sick of all the negative and bad stuff–which is why I love football, fishing and writing. A way to try and get away from it all and forget about the world and it’s problems and/or my own problems that come up sometimes in life. Nice to just get away–even if for a few hours.

  42. shaunypoo says: Apr 26, 2013 12:15 PM

    thesteelers says:
    Apr 26, 2013 9:10 AM
    If a couple of skinny boys can bring him down with ease, wait till he faces the Steel Curtain.

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    They looked like they had better form and took him as a team, something the Steelers won’t know about this year.

  43. aiden80 says: Apr 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    I may be a Packers fan but that was excellent! The respect, the emotion…
    Best of luck in the NFL!

  44. timholt55 says: Apr 26, 2013 1:35 PM

    man, hope no beer got spilled.

  45. pughcrew12 says: Apr 26, 2013 2:02 PM

    @mobuccsfan – In this case, the hats were not provided for him. His mother purchased one hat from every single team and had them all ready to go. I know because he is in the extended family.

  46. larryboodry says: Apr 26, 2013 3:06 PM

    Awesome video…Hope he has a great career.

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