Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/1/13
Justin Tuck knows the New York Giants are a quality football team and, as he sat at his locker Monday, assessed the team's season by saying, "Anytime we're not hoisting the Lombardi Trophy is a failed season." The defensive end said not being in the playoffs is like "you got punched in the stomach" but claims his sub-par season won't keep him from coming back to the Giants next year — even if there is speculation that his eight-year career with the team could be coming to an end. "Listen, I'll be very frank and honest in saying this," the 29-year-old Tuck said.  "I plan on being here for a long time. That's pretty much all I have to say about it." Tuck defended the drop in production (9 total sacks) over the past two seasons — as he enters his final year of his $4.5 million contract —by saying injuries have slowed him up but he still has a lot to offer. "I'm not going to be one of these guys that stick around in the league just to get a paycheck," Tuck said. "When I can't play...
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