After announcing he would hang up his cleats in February, Justin Tuck signed a ceremonial one-day contract to retire as a member of the New York Giants Friday.
Tuck spent the first nine seasons of his career in New York, winning two Super Bowls, before playing the final two with the Oakland Raiders. Look back at some of his career highlights:
- Justin Tuck was taken in the 3rd Round (74th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame University. Tuck was drafted alongside fellow teammates Corey Webster and Brandon Jacobs.
- Tuck played sparingly in his rookie season, backing up Hall Of Famer Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora while also seeing reps on the special teams. He recorded his first sack against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 4, 2005 in a 17-10 win.
- Although he had only started two games, Tuck made a name for himself during the 2007 season by registering 65 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles in the regular season.
- Two of his 10 sacks during the 2007 regular season came in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles, a game in which New York sacked Donovan McNabb 12 times with Osi Umenyiora racking up six.
- Alongside Umenyiora, Strahan and Mathias Kiwanuka, the quad of defensive ends formed what was known as the NASCAR package, which specialized in rushing the quarterback on passing downs.
- In Super Bowl XLII, Tuck would cement his legacy in New York Giants history. Going up against the undefeated New England Patriots, Tuck applied significant pressure on Pats quarterback Tom Brady, recording two sacks and a forced fumble. New York went on to win its third Super Bowl title, 17-14. New York’s defense sacked Brady five times.
- After the retirement of Michael Strahan following Super Bowl XLII, Tuck became the Giants’ full-time starter at left defensive end. On the first play of the next season, Tuck sacked Washington quarterback Jason Campbell.
- He racked up a career-high 12 sacks during the 2008 season while forcing three fumbles and scoring one touchdown off a 41-yard interception. He was honored as a First Team All-Pro.
- Tuck’s 2009 season was plagued by a shoulder injury suffered against Dallas in Week 2, but he managed to finish the season with six sacks and five forced fumbles. His 2010 campaign saw him record a career-high in total tackles (76) and forced fumbles (6), along with 11.5 sacks.
- One of his most famous games came in Week 4 of 2010 against the Chicago Bears, where he accounted for 3 of the Giants 10 sacks. He would do it later again in the season, this time against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Battling with injuries during the 2011 season, Tuck only managed to record five sacks and 26 tackles in his 11 starts. He made up for it in the playoffs, registering 3.5 sacks, two of which came in the Giants 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Tuck became the only player in NFL history to have multiple sacks in multiple Super Bowls.
- Tuck’s final season with the Giants started off slow but he finished on a tear, recording 9.5 sacks over the last six games of the season. His best performance came in Week 13 against Washington where he put up a single-game high four sacks.
- Tuck pulverized Washington during his career with the Giants, registering 15 sacks against the NFC East rival, his most against any team.
- Tuck would go on to finish his nine-year, 127-game career as a Giant recording 18 forced fumbles and 60.5 sacks, placing him 6th on the Giants’ All-Time Sack list.