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Diehl Sounds Like He's About to Hang It Up...

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/29/2013 7:58 pm
Q: How important was it for you to play in this game after a knee injury that you were dealing with last week?

A: It was very important for me to play in the season-ending game. Itís what you want to do. Iíve been a guy that if Iím on the injury list, Iím sick to my stomach because thatís not the guy that I am. Iíve been a guy who has been durable, who has fought through injuries. To be out here to play the last game was very important for me because this could be the last time I wear a Giantsí jersey and a helmet, or it could be the last time I play football in general. This was my last year on my contract and number one, to be blessed to have the opportunity that I can walk away on my own terms if I decide to, thatís huge. Not many guys in the NFL can do that. Iím proud and Iím honored to be a New York Giant and be here for over a decade. Iíve accomplished everything I could possibly dream of. In 2003, if any of you would have written that Dave Diehl, a fifth round draft pick out of Illinois, would start 160 games, play in 164 and tie Phil Simms for number 12 on the all-time playing list for the New York Giants, to win two Super Bowls, to be an All Pro, to play in the Pro Bowl, and win two Super Bowl rings, and win every single Giantsí award possible, I think if you guys would have written that in í03, they would have said youíre crazy. Iíve got a lot to be proud of and, most importantly, Iíve earned everything. Nothing was given to me, Iíve never been a silver spoon guy. Iíve been a guy who is a blue collar guy who has worked and earned everything, so here in the next couple of weeks, Iíll spend some time with my daughter and enjoy the time and make the decision if this is my last game or not. I can walk away from this game, if thatís my decision, with my head held high. Iíve accomplished a lot of things on the football field, Iíve given every ounce of my body and heart and determination to the New York Giants. Iíve got these teammates, this organization, our fans, Iíve been honestly blessed to play for the best organization in the NFL. Weíll see here in the next two weeks, but Iíve come away with this game, walk out victorious, and to be out here with my teammates, thatís what itís all about.
Not news but thanks for all you gave the Giants  
BillT : 12/29/2013 8:00 pm : link
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Good for him.  
That Said : 12/29/2013 8:00 pm : link
Hope he has a successful life away from the game he gave loves.
Good for him  
Headhunter : 12/29/2013 8:03 pm : link
now he can go from whipping boy to his rightful place in Giant's history. Thank you DD, wish you the best
That's about as good an "exit interview" from the mouth  
BlueLou : 12/29/2013 8:03 pm : link
of the employee, as one could wish for.

Way to go (out), David Diehl.
I'm going to ignore the obvious emotion  
81_Great_Dane : 12/29/2013 8:03 pm : link
and the significance of the likely end of the career of an important Giant and major contributor to two championships.

Instead, I'm wondering: Who are "silver spoon guys" in the NFL? Eli, I guess. (And no, I don't think DD meant to take a swipe at Eli.) Anyone else? Can you get to that level and stay there without working for it? You can be born rich. You can even be born famous. But you can't be born an elite athlete.
It's time.  
arcarsenal : 12/29/2013 8:04 pm : link
I appreciate all his hard work and what he gave this team but it's the right move. The tank has been running on fumes.
Love DD but he sure does like to talk  
RDJR : 12/29/2013 8:05 pm : link
about himself. Let somebody else do it DD.
Love this Warrior  
Paulie Walnuts : 12/29/2013 8:06 pm : link
but its time. hope he's on the sidelines next year helping the kids

He's a Giant for life
Diehl has been a great Giant  
Steve in South Jersey : 12/29/2013 8:08 pm : link
Love him but retirement would a wise decision but in terms of pride and his health.
The camera loves his blathering  
Fast Eddie : 12/29/2013 8:09 pm : link
I'm sure he will have a seamless transition to the mic. He was a great Giant, just not so great for the last couple of years. Time to go and yack for a living.
both  
Steve in South Jersey : 12/29/2013 8:09 pm : link
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He' s probablt  
LPete : 12/29/2013 8:09 pm : link
talking about Offensive linemen drafted high, got pAid shit loads of money during their rookie contracts, and never put forth the effort and intensity that he did, and whose careers never lasted because of it. I'm guessing.
Carl Banks made a great point on the post game show..  
JCin332 : 12/29/2013 8:10 pm : link
He said the Giants need to go back and look at what measurables they looked at when they drafted DD in the 5th because the whole system is not producing later round quality picks..

Great  
AcidTest : 12/29/2013 8:10 pm : link
Giant. Best wishes.
you have  
steve in maryland : 12/29/2013 8:11 pm : link
been an important cog in our ten year success. If this was your last game thanks for the memories. You are a giant forever.
DD took a lot of shit from BBI about his performance  
dpinzow : 12/29/2013 8:11 pm : link
and some of it was deserved, but he was an integral part of one of the best offensive lines in team history at his best (with Seubert, O'Hara, Snee, and McKenzie). Best wishes DD
WOAH! Diehl just dissed BBI!  
Sarcastic Sam : 12/29/2013 8:12 pm : link
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and win every single Giantsí award possible


Um, there's a little something called the BBI Giant of the Year Award that you never won, Dave.
A REAL GIANT.  
Red Dog : 12/29/2013 8:12 pm : link
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Its unfortunate  
chris r : 12/29/2013 8:13 pm : link
that management played Diehl after he fell off his cliff and sullied the reputation of a player who could have been remembered as a solid contributor to two SBs.
I think he'll be great in broadcasting....  
Simms11 : 12/29/2013 8:13 pm : link
Speaks well and knows the game.
RE: I'm going to ignore the obvious emotion  
Peter in Atlanta : 12/29/2013 8:15 pm : link
In comment 11420712 81_Great_Dane said:
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and the significance of the likely end of the career of an important Giant and major contributor to two championships.

Instead, I'm wondering: Who are "silver spoon guys" in the NFL? Eli, I guess. (And no, I don't think DD meant to take a swipe at Eli.) Anyone else? Can you get to that level and stay there without working for it? You can be born rich. You can even be born famous. But you can't be born an elite athlete.


Being an elite athlete is most certainly something you are born with.
Wise move  
jeff57 : 12/29/2013 8:15 pm : link
Snee should follow him.
Who's gonna peel Eli off the turf next year?  
bceagle05 : 12/29/2013 8:20 pm : link
In all seriousness, I admire the hell out of him. Roman Oben should watch his back - Diehl might take all his TV/ radio gigs.
if he won the BBi award he might not have made the 2nd super bowl  
gtt350 : 12/29/2013 8:20 pm : link
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He's a class act  
geemanfan : 12/29/2013 8:21 pm : link
In his post game interview they asked him if he would put on another uniform if the Giants don't ask him to return and he said I bleed blue and would just retire a Giant.
I don't think the decision is entirely up to him.  
Boy Cord : 12/29/2013 8:21 pm : link
I appreciate Diehl's effort over the years, but his comments are a little too much look-at-me for my tastes.

I wish DD all the best.  
yatqb : 12/29/2013 8:24 pm : link
He was a big part of our successes over the years, and it's not his fault that Reese didn't find guys who could take his place over these past two years as he aged.

Good luck, Dave, and thanks!
Guys are reading that and still criticizing the guy  
gersh : 12/29/2013 8:29 pm : link
C'mon, have some fucking class and appreciate the guy
interior of o line needs to be upgraded  
CGiants07 : 12/29/2013 8:29 pm : link
right tackle is set and solid.
left tackle is being paid to be elite but wasn't this year and coming off injury.

DD, Snee and Baas should not be on the team next year.
Diehl was a great giants offensive lineman  
CGiants07 : 12/29/2013 8:30 pm : link
but it was really time to go after the last super bowl
RE: RE: I'm going to ignore the obvious emotion  
81_Great_Dane : 12/29/2013 8:31 pm : link
In comment 11420757 Peter in Atlanta said:
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In comment 11420712 81_Great_Dane said:


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and the significance of the likely end of the career of an important Giant and major contributor to two championships.

Instead, I'm wondering: Who are "silver spoon guys" in the NFL? Eli, I guess. (And no, I don't think DD meant to take a swipe at Eli.) Anyone else? Can you get to that level and stay there without working for it? You can be born rich. You can even be born famous. But you can't be born an elite athlete.



Being an elite athlete is most certainly something you are born with.
No, you can be born with elite athletic talent. Even guys with elite football talent have to play football to develop it. If you don't work, your talent goes to waste. We can all think of guys who were athletic freaks but didn't become great players in their sports because they didn't put in the effort to become elite.
81-Great-Dane  
Milton : 12/29/2013 8:37 pm : link
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I'm wondering: Who are "silver spoon guys" in the NFL? Eli, I guess. (And no, I don't think DD meant to take a swipe at Eli.) Anyone else? Can you get to that level and stay there without working for it? You can be born rich. You can even be born famous. But you can't be born an elite athlete.
It's time.
I don't think he meant guys who were born wealthy, but guys who were coddled throughout their college and pro careers and were repeatedly given "second" chances, despite not always giving the best effort. Plaxico Burress and Tyrone Wheatley come to mind.

p.s.-- Of course you can be born an elite athlete. You have to work at it in order to maximize production, but Plaxico and Wheatley were certainly born elite athletes. And both Plaxico and Wheatley could've have much more productive careers had they worked as hard at their craft as guys like Jerry Rice and Tiki Barber did.
81-Great-Dane  
Milton : 12/29/2013 8:39 pm : link
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We can all think of guys who were athletic freaks but didn't become great players in their sports because they didn't put in the effort to become elite.
Yes, but they were still elite athletes. They just didn't convert that into becoming elite football players.
Sarcastic Sam  
Milton : 12/29/2013 8:41 pm : link
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Um, there's a little something called the BBI Giant of the Year Award that you never won, Dave.
Maybe that's a correction we should make. It's not like anyone else deserves it this year.
I think "silver spoon" to him means players...  
BurberryManning : 12/29/2013 8:41 pm : link
that are considered stars, high draft picks, top contract guys, etc.
Classic lunch pail player  
ChathamMark : 12/29/2013 8:44 pm : link
Sometimes your time is up, and I think it is it for him. Most players in the NFL would give their soul for his career. (11 years in the NFL, 2 Super Bowl rings...) Good Luck in the next step in life, Dave.
Love DD  
sexymoves : 12/29/2013 8:46 pm : link
He should get into TV or coaching.
If I learned  
pjcas18 : 12/29/2013 8:48 pm : link
nothing else from David Diehl i learned that cohesion in an offensive line developed through consistency of personnel can truly be an example of a group being better than the sum of its parts.

the Giants o-line during that 34? game record setting consecutive game streak was as good a line as I remember in all my years watching the Giants (so from the mid-80's to now) and one of the better lines in the league - without a 1st round pick and being built with a blend of draft picks (Snee, Diehl), free agents (McKenzie and O'Hara) and UDFA's - Seubert

DD has been prepping for a transition to a career in broadcasting for  
Optimus-NY : 12/29/2013 8:52 pm : link
a while now. He'll be on some media outlet come September if he's not playing.
One of my  
NYBEN : 12/29/2013 8:57 pm : link
all-time favorite Giants ...a true warrior.
RE: Good for him  
Gap92 : 12/29/2013 8:58 pm : link
In comment 11420710 Headhunter said:
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now he can go from whipping boy to his rightful place in Giant's history. Thank you DD, wish you the best


Amen.
Diehl was a true Giant  
oipolloi : 12/29/2013 8:59 pm : link
last few years, he struggled physically. He was never a good G and when they moved him back because he could not handle the tackle spot any more, it was the beginning of the end.

But this guy gave it his all. And that's all you can ask for.
Sad year  
RetroJint : 12/29/2013 9:10 pm : link
As noted above the designated pick-Eli-up-after-the-sack role was the theme of this season. And through his whiffs there were occasions when he was the culprit . Too often. Good Giant. Good career. To me it looked like he was on a fishing expedition waiting to see if they might bring him back. They won't.
Dieh's future is tied to his health  
Milton : 12/29/2013 9:29 pm : link
He has suffered a variety of injuries throughout the last three seasons--and not just one each year, but multiple injuries per year. If there is reason to believe he can return to health and remain that way, he has value as a backup playing for the subsidized vet minimum (which would put his cap number at roughly $650K). But if he can't go two games in a row without spraining a ligament or breaking a bone, it just confuses the roster-planning.
I don't think Diehl would return as a backup.  
Ira : 12/29/2013 9:34 pm : link
It's time for him to go and it sounds like he's leaning in that direction. He did have a great career here and deserves great respect for all that he accomplished.
DD  
Mark from Jersey : 12/30/2013 9:12 am : link
was one of my favorite Giants for years...played well anywhere you put him.

Two rings, still relatively healthy, team on the decline. Probably a good idea to try something else.
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