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February 1, 2012

Giants' DeOssie wipes away ugly 2010 memory

INDIANAPOLIS - Zak DeOssie saw the green blur of Philadephia Eagle Jason Avant once, for a split second.

He's chosen to never look at it again. Avant nailed him with the block last season, freeing DeSean Jackson to race 65 yards for the punt return touchdown on the final play of the game. That key late season win knocked the Giants out of playoff contention.

Why hasn't he watched it?

"Why should I?" said DeOssie, a North Andover native who starred at Phillips Academy and Brown. "I know all about it. That's why I don't watch it. We had the whole entire 60 minutes to win that game. It's unfortunate it came down to one play."

Just one year later, DeOssie relishes being on the field for a host of highlights.

In the NFC championship game 10 days ago, there was the Kyle Williams muffed punt, then the Kyle Williams overtime fumble, each of which New York recovered.

And of course there was Lawrence Tynes' 31-yard field goal in overtime. DeOssie, a two-time Pro Bowler, had to sweat that one as it wasn't one of his better snaps. Steve Weatherford, though, handled the low and inside snap and the Giants were headed to another Super Bowl.

DeOssie and the Giants, left for dead at least a couple times this season, find themselves in their second Super Bowl in five seasons.

Sunday night, they go for the ultimate, challenging the New England Patriots for NFL supremacy.

The wide-ranging emotions, split by less than a calendar year, are not lost on DeOssie, a Brown grad and one of the NFL's more cerebral players.

"That was awful. Everyone goes home, going into an offseason with no workouts. I don't wish that on anyone. If I could take it back I would. Kudos to Jason Avant for making a great block. If I had seen him coming, maybe I would have moved," said DeOssie, who with his dad Steve form the only father-son tandem in NFL history to win Super Bowl rings with the same franchise.

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