Giants' Sehorn has flair for drama

Proposal, interception prove that cornerback is back on right track

January 11, 2001|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Sehorn proposed to television actress Angie Harmon on "The Tonight Show." He got down on his knee, then knelt and knelt and knelt. It took the stunned Harmon, who stars on "Law and Order," nearly 30 seconds to say yes. It was wonderful.

In that same span of time Sunday, Sehorn knows that something terrible could happen. Sehorn, 29, a cornerback for the New York Giants, could be turned inside out, left spinning in his cleats, deposited red-faced and embarrassed on his backside while the best young wide receiver in the game, Randy Moss, adds to his highlight film.

"You think about being embarrassed," Sehorn says. "You really do when it's Randy Moss."

Until Sehorn added to his own highlight film Sunday with a spectacular interception - lying on the ground, he batted the football twice into the air, caught it, got up and ran 32 yards for a touchdown - no one thought he would have a chance against Moss.

But now that's changed as the Giants play the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game at Giants Stadium.

Sehorn, who came into his own as a cornerback at USC, ripped up his right knee returning a kickoff in an exhibition game 2 1/2 years ago. He tore both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. He sat out all of the 1998 season.

When he returned to the Giants in 1999, he had gained more than 15 pounds. It was mostly muscle, but it also seemed to slow him down. Then he strained his hamstring during training camp and sat out the first two games of last season. Then he broke the smaller bone in his lower left leg and sat out the last four games.

"Would I ever be as fast as I was?" he worried at the time. "Would I ever get everything back?"

It seems Sehorn has gotten most everything back. Everything was back on the interception, the one that put the Giants ahead of the Eagles, 17-0.

Sehorn will have his hands full against Moss and Minnesota's other Pro Bowl receiver, Cris Carter.

In Minnesota's 34-16 victory over New Orleans on Saturday, Moss caught two passes. One went for 53 yards and a touchdown, the second for 68 yards and a touchdown. On both, Moss showed off his speed, splitting the defense or sailing through the line of scrimmage.

"You see that happen to everybody else," Sehorn says. "You know it's probably going to happen again. So the key is to keep it from happening too often."

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