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Given recent events, it comes as no great surprise that the Giants on Friday will announce the retirement of Jeff Feagles, who owns NFL punting and longevity records.

 

Feagles, 44, planned to come back but after putting his body though physical tests to determine his readiness determined he could not continue and punt in for a 23rd season.

 

Feagles after this past season worked out hard, was satisfied with the way his body responded, told the Giants he wanted to return and recently signed a $900,000 contract. Just last week, though, he alerted Tom Coughlin that he was experiencing physical issues. The Giants took punter Matt Dodge out of East Carolina in the seventh round of last weekend's NFL Draft, a precursor to Feagles' decision to step away from the game.

 

Dodge will compete with Jy Bond, a former Australian Rules football player, for the Giants punting job. Feagles entered the NFL in 1988 with the Patriots and came to the Giants in 2003. He never missed a game in his career, playing in an NFL-record 352 consecutive games. He holds the NFL record with 1,713 punts.

 

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If they ever honor Jeff Feagles at a giants game, the ceremony should take place near the sideline and inside the 5 instead of midfield.

 

Seriously, you should email the Giants with that suggestion....I bet they'd run with it.

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Thank you Jeff, for everything you gave to the Giants organization. Great punting skills as well as being an overall good guy. You are the man, enjoy your SB ring. :WS:

 

 

Im rockin the Feagletar till opening day as well. :TU:

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Personally, I can't wait to see a 50+ yard punt.

 

Me too.. and I'm hopeful. Although I remember the Giants had a guy with a very strong leg.. can't remember his name.. black guy around 2002. can boom it.. I think he boomed a 92 yarder.. but that was in Denver's thin air.. still pretty impressive.. but he didn't last long.. probably because he was inconsistent or was horrible at directional kicks.. or both.

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Me too.. and I'm hopeful. Although I remember the Giants had a guy with a very strong leg.. can't remember his name.. black guy around 2002. can boom it.. I think he boomed a 92 yarder.. but that was in Denver's thin air.. still pretty impressive.. but he didn't last long.. probably because he was inconsistent or was horrible at directional kicks.. or both.

 

Rodney Williams

 

i remember a game vs the cowfags back then, the announcers(i dont remember who) were talking about how he and then cowboys qb quincy carter went to highschool together and carter had barely beat out williams for the qb job.

 

williams was quick too i swear dude ran like a 4.45 or something.

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Rodney Williams

 

i remember a game vs the cowfags back then, the announcers(i dont remember who) were talking about how he and then cowboys qb quincy carter went to highschool together and carter had barely beat out williams for the qb job.

 

williams was quick too i swear dude ran like a 4.45 or something.

 

 

Same game the immortal Owen Pocheman attempted a 63 yard field goal and missed it 40 yards left.

 

Morten Andersen was signed the next week...

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Me too.. and I'm hopeful. Although I remember the Giants had a guy with a very strong leg.. can't remember his name.. black guy around 2002. can boom it.. I think he boomed a 92 yarder.. but that was in Denver's thin air.. still pretty impressive.. but he didn't last long.. probably because he was inconsistent or was horrible at directional kicks.. or both.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG4nfnBokvQ

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Terribly inconsistent. Only God knew where the ball would land. He kicked about a 20 yarder once as well. No video of that one but I still remember Fassel's face after that one.

Yeah, but lets not forget Rodney Williams played with a cask after breaking his arm that same year.

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I can make a case that Jeff Feagles is personally responsible for our 2007 Super Bowl win.(i know its a stretch but its funny anyway)

 

In 2005 David Tyree made the probowl as a special teamer, not for his returns but mostly because of him downing a great number of punts inside the 5 yard line. Not saying he didn't do a great job but Feagles was killin it that season and just putting them right there for the downing. I think a lot of players could have did what Tyree did that season with the way Feagles was punting. That season is what earned Tyree the label of special teams ace, and it was his special teams play that kept him on the team, he was never exactly lighting it up at the WR spot.

 

Flash forward to 2007 and the greatest play in superbowl history, without that play the giants probably do not win the superbowl, so there you have it. Jeff Feagles is singlehandedly responsible for the Giants 2007 Super Bowl win.

 

 

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After 22 seasons, 41 miles, Giants punter Jeff Feagles announces retirement

 

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Jeff Feagles has punted for more than 41 miles in his professional career. He is the oldest player to earn a Super Bowl ring. He was the last one standing from the roster of the immortal “Tecmo Super Bowl” video game.

 

And today, after 22 seasons in the NFL and a record 352 consecutive regular-season games, the 44-year-old punter announced his retirement in a press conference at the Giants' Timex Performance Center.

 

"This game takes a toll on your body, and eventually it tells you you can't do it anymore," Feagles said. "That day is today."

 

Feagles had hoped to return for one more season -- particularly after the way the last one ended, with the Giants missing the playoffs -- but ran into physical hurdles as he started the team’s offseason program. He informed the team before last week’s NFL Draft he was considering retirement, leading to the Giants’ seventh-round selection of former East Carolina punter Matt Dodge.

 

"My mind was telling me that I wanted to go back and do this. ... But I started working out and my body is not just recovering the way it's supposed to," Feagles said. "I'm not going to be the guy that's coming back and pulling a Brett Favre on you."

 

Arguably the best directional punter in league history, Feagles could angle his punts out of bounds or pin them against the sideline with near-scientific precision. He debuted for New England in 1988, and played for five NFL teams in his career, spending the past seven seasons with the Giants.

 

jeff-feagles-nfc-championshp-game-430.jpg.JPGDavid J. Phillip/Associated PressDespite only playing seven of his 22 NFL seasons for the Giants, Jeff Feagles, right, etched himself into franchise lore by holding for kicker Lawrence Tynes on the kick that sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLII.Feagles was part of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII championship and had one of his best seasons late in his career, posting a coveted 40.2-yard net average in 2008 – one of his two Pro Bowl seasons. At today's press conference, Giants coach Tom Coughlin called Feagles "one of the greatest Giants of all time."

 

"I'm proud to be a football player, and I'm proud to say I'll always be a New York Giant," the punter said.

 

His career ends after 1,770 punts, in both regular and postseason, 247 of which landed out of bounds and 514 which landed inside the 20 (though that data was not charted before 1991, so those figures are incomplete).

 

Competing to replace him are two players who have zero punts in the NFL: Dodge and Jy Bond, a former Australian rules football player whom the Giants signed in March.

 

Dodge -- whose college coach, Skip Holtz, calls him a “punter in a weightlifter’s body” on account of his 6-1, 224-pound frame -- was both a punter and kickoff specialist for East Carolina and can also placekick.

 

A transfer from the 2005 Appalachian State FCS national championship team, Dodge played three seasons for East Carolina and ranked second in the nation last fall with a 45.8-yard average. He had a 39.1 net average, with 24 of his 67 punts inside the 20 and 22 traveling 50 or more yards.

 

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2010/04/after_22_seasons_41_miles_gian.html

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