Daluiso in step with pressure on foot

Kicker watched Norwood miss right, handle media

Giants notebook

January 20, 2001|By Neil Best | Neil Best,NEWSDAY

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brad Daluiso learned the proper way to handle Super Bowl pressure and media attention from the best possible role model for a kicker. As a rookie with the Bills in 1991, Daluiso was the kickoff specialist. The field-goal kicker was Scott Norwood.

Yes, that Scott Norwood. The guy who that January had missed wide right from 47 yards to seal a 20-19 victory for the Giants in Super Bowl XXV.

Daluiso, a Giant since 1993, watched as Norwood handled the inevitable, endless questions leading up to Super Bowl XXVI.

"Talk about media pressure," he said. "When we went back to the Super Bowl the next year, every [reporter] was at his locker. ... But he handled it. We lost the game [37-24 to the Broncos], but he made his field goal and extra points and had a good game."

Team officials and most reporters erroneously have been leaving Daluiso off the list of Giants who have played for Super Bowl teams before this year. He is among six, joining Howard Cross, Glenn Parker, Ron Stone, Dave Thomas and Jason Garrett. Daluiso, who is 9-for-10 in his career on playoff field goals, said he is not intimidated by the notion of trying a field goal that could decide the Super Bowl.

"It's something I'm prepared for," he said. "I'm not afraid to go out there and take a shot. I'd love to win 28-0, but that's not always the case."

Words of wisdom

In recent weeks, someone, apparently running back Tiki Barber, has been leaving motivational quotes in the Giants' locker room each Friday, usually accompanied by a jersey from the upcoming opponent. There was no jersey this week, but instead of one quote, there were 21, each on a separate piece of white paper.

Three examples:

"Just win, baby." - Al Davis

"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you're right." - Henry Ford

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." - William Arthur Ward

End zone

Receiver Amani Toomer (ankle), cornerback Reggie Stephens (foot), safety Shaun Williams (hamstring), fullback Greg Comella (buttocks) and running back Damon Washington (hip) skipped practice yesterday. Coach Jim Fassel is confident all will be available next week. ... The practice was the last this season open to beat reporters. Super Bowl practices are open only to a pool reporter.... Fassel said there has been "no down time" for him this week and he is looking forward to clearing his head as the game nears. He called it "the most hectic week I've spent in coaching." ... Fassel on the Baltimore defense: "Since I've been in the league, it's the best defense I've seen." ... Fassel on Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, with whom he worked in Denver in 1993 and '94: "He has as much personality, as much zip, as anybody I've been around in my life. I love the guy. He's maybe one of the smartest football players I've ever been around."... There was a meeting of bruising Giants possession backs in the locker room yesterday: Ottis Anderson, MVP of Super Bowl XXV, and rookie Ron Dayne, whom the Giants would love to see grind out some yardage against the Ravens' stout run defense, had a long conversation at Dayne's locker.

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