Zak DeOssie couldn’t be happier to be following in the footsteps of his ‘old man’
|01.31.12 at 2:55 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — For Zak and Steve DeOssie, the similarities are eerie.
The father snapped the ball that Matt Bahr hit for the winning field goal in the 1990 NFC championship in San Francisco. Twenty-one years later, on the same Candlestick Park field in the same end, the son snapped the ball that Steve Weatherford held for Lawrence Tynes to kick for the winning field goal in the 2011 NFC title game, sending the Giants onto the Super Bowl.
‘It’s ironic,” Deossie said Tuesday during “Media Day” at Lucas Oil Stadium. “My old man finished his career with the Patriots and I grew up in New England was a ball boy there for two years. It’s funny when you look back at it. To be here playing them in the Super Bowl is incredible.’
What’s also incredible is that dad was there Tuesday to share the stories of 1990, 2007 and this season.
“It’s one of my favorite pictures,” Steve DeOssie said of the picture of the two on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium, celebrating when Zak won his first Super Bowl with the ’07 Giants.
Zak DeOssie grew up with his parents in North Andover, Mass. and attended Phillips Academy before matriculating to Brown University, where he played football.
“I take Massachusetts with me wherever I go,” Zak said Tuesday.
What’s been the key to his career as a long-snapper after graduating from Brown University?
‘Repetition,” Deossie said. “They say you do something 10,000 times in a row you become a professional at it. I always long snapped in college and finally did it my senior year and sort of fell into this position at long snapper here with the Giants and fine-tuned it with the help of my coach and hard work.’
And what about having good old dad as a resource?
‘It’s been great,” Zak said. “He knows the intricacies of my job intimately and when need someone to talk to about my job or this and that he’s the first person. Having him be a part of this whole thing is just a dream come true. He snapped his whole career. He did it for 12 years and I’m hoping to do the same thing.’
Like dad, DeOssie long ago gave up dreams of playing linebacker for the Giants, happy with his job as it is.
‘I love linebacker and don’t think I’ll ever get a chance to play again,” he said. “I found a position that I’m really good at here and that I’m comfortable at and one I can make a living with. I will always consider myself and linebacker but my linebacker days are over.’