New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck told reporters that this is the best he’s felt since 2009 after dealing with numerous injuries over the past few years.
“The end of 2009, maybe,” Tuck said, via the Newark Star-Ledger.
Tuck even admitted that he wasn’t sure he could get back to playing the way he once did.
“Sure,” Tuck said. “Considering the success I’ve had in my career, and understanding that mentally I can still play the game at a very high level.
“But when your body isn’t allowing you to do that in those said years, you start to wonder if your body is going to respond back to when the game was easy. I feel great this year, I think my play is showing that. This is a sign of things to come for me to get back to the ultimate goal.”
Tuck believes his “old-school” lifting regimen from this past offseason helped him get back to where he once was.
He claims he didn’t care that people were saying he was finished as a player.
“I don’t really listen to speculation that much,” Tuck said. “What I worried about was what my teammates say and what the Giants say. And that’s the only thing that motivates me, being the captain in this team and understanding that everyone is looking at me and wants to take my lead as far as how I approached the game, that’s the only thing I care about.”