Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 12: Barry Cofield of the New York Giants celebrates with team mate Chris Canty after sacking Matt Moore of the Carolina Panthers during the NFL season opener at New Meadowlands Stadium on September 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The big guy from The Bronx deserves a cheer. New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty doesn't take playing for his hometown team for granted, especially around the holidays. Through the charity organization he formed ( chriscantyfoundation.org ), Canty has taken a hands-on approach while trying to help those less fortunate. That includes sponsoring toy giveaways this month for kids in both the New York area and Charlotte, N.C., which is where he moved at age 15. "I'm from here, so I try to use this platform that I've been blessed with," Canty told FOXSports.com after Thursday's practice. "It's cool to be able to make a difference." Canty has proved to be a difference-maker on the field for eight NFL seasons that he describes with a laugh as being a "good ride so far." After four years with the Cowboys as a 2005 fourth-round draft choice, Canty cashed in with a six-year, $42 million contract from the Giants in free agency. At ...
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