Justin Tuck feeling “more alive”

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck claims that he feels like a feels “more alive” going into the upcoming season.

“For whatever reason it is, I feel more alive in a football sense than I have in a long time,” Tuck said at an appearance at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic at Oheka Castle, via ESPNNewYork.com. “And that is a huge motivation for me this year.”

“I don’t know if it is last year, or people saying a lot of things around this team and myself,” Tuck added. “I don’t know what it is. But I am in a good state right now.”

As Tuck enters the final year of his contract, he only wants to focus on football.

“Football is a draining sport sometimes,” Tuck said. “And being in New York City and trying to do as much as I do off the football field, it kind of drains you a little bit and you start to [take] things for granted. Maybe I did. Not on purpose. You just don’t even know it until somebody taps you on your shoulder and is like, ‘What are you doing?'”

“So, my focus is football,” Tuck added. “Family and football. That’s it. You won’t see me out as much [doing appearances] as I have been in previous years. I have kind of dedicated myself to doing a lot of that this offseason so when football comes in, that is where I am at.”

It’s time for Tuck to put up or shut up.