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Dave Tollefson announces his retirement

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Defensive end Dave Tollefson jumped from the Giants to the Raiders as a free agent before the 2012 season, but lasted just one year in Oakland and was out of football entirely in 2013.

He won’t be coming back in 2014. Tollefson has announced his retirement via the Giants’ website, which fits because he played more years for the Giants than anyone else and because Tom Coughlin has had a big influence on his life. Tollefson said that all the clocks in his house are set five minutes fast as an homage to Coughlin’s policy on the proper arrival time for meetings and he credits the Giants coach with shaping him as a man.

“I didn’t grow up with a dad, so I was lucky enough to have some men in my life that helped shaped me into the type of man that I am now,” Tollefson said. “To say that I was already grown up when coach Coughlin got ahold of me is not quite right. The relationship that he and I had meant a lot to me, because I felt he was always honest with you, which I really liked. I always felt like he was a father figure and I really took to heart how he felt about the way I played football and the type of person I was.”

Tollefson was originally a 2006 seventh-round pick by the Packers out of Northwest Missouri State, but spent five years with the Giants and worked his way into the defensive line rotation over the course of his time with the team. In 2011, he had five sacks in the regular season to help propel the Giants to the playoff berth they used as a springboard to their second Super Bowl title with Tollefson on the roster.


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7 Responses to “Dave Tollefson announces his retirement”
  1. hanspard says: Feb 14, 2014 10:12 AM

    Still boggles my mind that a guy can get to pro football and still find/need a father figure. Somebody needs to kick some asses for these kids who are growing up without a Dad.

  2. punksinplay says: Feb 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    Good luck to you Tollie. You played well for the Giants. Wear your 2 Superbowl rings in health.

  3. kev86 says: Feb 14, 2014 6:27 PM

    Coughlin is one of the best in the business overall. One a Giant, always a Giant.

  4. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 14, 2014 6:33 PM

    Man did we miss you Tolf. Enjoy the rest of it. Boat Drinks, Boat Drinks.

  5. pologroundsvet says: Feb 14, 2014 10:08 PM

    Good luck to you, Dave. Every Giant fan knew that when you walked onto the field you were going to leave everything you had on it. We could ask no more.

  6. dave4nyfg says: Feb 17, 2014 12:41 PM

    Had to go back and watch his sack celebration…

  7. blu4l1fe says: Feb 19, 2014 8:58 AM

    Thank you! You wore that blue uniform well and made the most of your time while in NY.

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