When talk began about Henry Hynoski possibly leaving school early to play in the NFL, lots of us were skeptical ... I sure was, anyway. Hynoski, though, seemed to think he had a good shot at going in the middle of the draft. I kind of rethought my position, but still had questions.
Then, when Hynoski wasn't taken, while it wasn't the end of the world, things obviously didn't turn out the way he wanted.
So how'd that work out? Well, after a free agent signing with the Giants, Hyno will soon be rocking a Super Bowl ring ... and not as a token member, either. He played a role in New York's championship season.It all started in camp when Hynoski impressed and he saw a lot of time on the field this season as mostly a blocking fullback. He didn't have any carries this season, but did have 12 catches for 83 yards out of the backfield.
He also contributed in the postseason. Hyno caught three passes for 20 yards in the Giants' win on the road against San Francisco and in the Super Bowl on Sunday, he caught a couple of passes for 19 yards. Hynoski's biggest contribution, though, probably came with a huge fumble recovery in the big game against the Patriots. That recovery helped the Giants continue a third quarter drive that ended in a field goal to bring them within two points.
They went on to win and the rest is history. Things didn't look so good when Hynoski didn't get drafted, but I don't think he cares all that much about that anymore.