Jeremy Shockey not paying his way to the Super Bowl this time

Paul Jannace
Jeremy Shockey had been the Giants’ starting tight end for the first 14 games of the season before suffering a season-ending broken leg. He paid his own way to the Super Bowl when the Giants won and was awarded a Super Bowl ring.

Some might not remember, but Jeremy Shockey has a Super Bowl ring.

Of course, he paid his own way to the Super Bowl and watched from afar as the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots two years ago.

Shockey had been the Giants’ starting tight end for the first 14 games of the season before suffering a season-ending broken leg. The team then won five of its final six games, including an unexpected win over the previously unbeaten Patriots, but Shockey played no role in any of those victories.

“It was much deserved, and a great experience for them,” said Shockey. “It was a great experience for me, just sitting, watching them and enjoying my teammates’ hard work and being the underdog and controlling that game.”

It had been reported that Shockey and team left on bad terms when he was traded to New Orleans that off-season, but the tight end says there are no hard feelings. He also said the story that he paid his way to the Super Bowl is true, but overblown.

“It was just a miscommunication,” Shockey said. “I didn’t give them an answer if I was going to come or not, and at the last minute I (decided) it was a special thing, and I had a feeling they were going to upset the Patriots.”

Shockey said it was a painful cross-country plane ride, but well worth it even though he watched the game from the stadium suites.

“Everyone made it out to be, ‘Jeremy was unhappy about his team winning, Jeremy was unhappy about the success his team had without him,’” Shockey said. “That’s the complete opposite. I was very excited for my teammates, very excited.”

Although now, Shockey is ready to make a big contribution in the Super Bowl and get that second ring for his hand, especially the same city he played in college.

“Your dream is always to play in a game like this and to be back in this city, where a lot of hard work got me where I am today, is very gratifying and humbling,” Shockey said.

The Pro Bowl tight end is one of three Saints players to go to the University of Miami. New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma and cornerback Glenn Sharpe, who is currently on the practice, both went to Miami, and Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne also played for the Hurricanes.

“We went to the UM, and I got made fun of by all of my teammates about the locker room,” Shockey said. “They didn’t get a chance to see the weight room or the outdoor facility. They saw the six national championships on the wall, so that speaks for itself, but going back there was something special.”

Shockey, in his eighth NFL season, has struggled with injuries his entire career and has missed seven games over his first two seasons with the Saints. This past season Shockey had 48 catches for 569 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

For his career, he has missed 20 regular season games with various injuries, partly due to his rough and tumble style of play. Shockey has been dealing with a knee injury, but all signs point to him being a full participant in Super Bowl XLIV.

“I’m going to play this game like it’s my last,” Shockey said.

Paul Jannace is covering Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.