Steve Spagnuolo found the perfect way to help him get over Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys.
The Giants defensive coordinator got a visit from Fred Robbins, the defensive tackle from the 2007 Super Bowl champion team, on Friday as the franchise will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Super Bowl XLII during Monday’s game.
“It was great,” Spagnuolo said. “He picked me up from my thought of having lost the game.”
Spagnuolo was a significant piece in the Giants’ championship run that year, presiding over a defense that sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady five times in the 17-14 upset victory.
But Spagnuolo will not be a part of the celebration on Monday night, or any other events throughout the weekend honoring the team.
Instead, he will be busy figuring out schemes to defeat the Detroit Lions, but just getting to see his former players is enough for Spagnuolo.
“I have thought about it because the guys have been around,” Spagnuolo said on Friday. “I’m hoping that at practice on Sunday morning, that a bunch of the guys will come over and to me, it’s about seeing them more than anything and I hope they have a great time. They should enjoy it. It was a great accomplishment. It really is all about the players.”
Michael Strahan drops Tom Brady for one of Big Blue’s 5 sacks during Super Bowl XLII upset.
Spagnuolo did get a chance to reflect on the memory that stands out most to him.
“I couldn’t find Maria,” Spagnuolo said, referring to his wife. “When the game was over, I could not find her. I must have spent the first 15 minutes, I missed all of that. I never got to hold the Lombardi Trophy and then finally I found her, which was to me the best moment.”
Spagnuolo finally got to hold the Lombardi Trophy at the team’s ring ceremony, but he pointed to a speech Tom Coughlin made the night before about how if they won the whole family wins.
“He talked deeply about what it was like and how your family is so involved in all the ups and downs and they do,” Spagnuolo said. “They share the pain and the glory and then when you accomplish that, how much you feel that it was for them. How much they feel a part of it.”
Spagnuolo did not want to reflect too much, though. After all, he does have another defense he is trying to win games with.
“I got to stop talking and thinking about that,” Spagnuolo chuckled. “I got to be thinking about Detroit, you took me right back there where I was trying not to go, but it was great.”