FOOTBALL: Hyno pleased to remain a Giant
NEW YORK - It won't surprise anyone who knows him that Henry Hynoski, given the choice of getting something settled as quickly as possible or holding out for more of everything, chose the former.
Hynoski, the former Southern Columbia all-stater, was an unrestricted free agent for all of two-plus days before he signed a $1 million, one-year contract with the New York Giants last week. The Giants, for whom Hynoski has played his entire NFL career, let Hynoski become an unrestricted free agent but obviously hoped that they could come to an agreement with the fullback who has become a fan favorite in the Big Apple.
For his part, Hynoski shared the sentiment.
"New York's my home and where I feel comfortable," he said Monday in a phone interview. "It's where I've spent my whole career and it's where my life is now. And it's more convenient in terms of my family being able to see me."
Hynoski did actually take a trip to Detroit and take in an offer and tour of facilities from the Lions.
"I went out there and I really enjoyed the visit," Hynoski said. "They have a great organization, great coaches, great facilities. But at the end of the day. ..."
At the end of the day, Hynoski's comfort level and sense of loyalty kicked in.
He has been nothing but complimentary of the Giants' organization since signing with the team as
a free agent in 2011, when he became a starter and helped the team to a Super Bowl win. He followed that with a strong season in 2012 but then was bitten by the injury bug in 2013. He suffered a knee injury in an off-season workout in May, rehabilitated that by opening day, started three games, then injured a shoulder and was put on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
"From the front office people down to the custodians, everyone involved with the Giants acts with class," Hynoski said. "I really enjoy it here."
Hynoski, with his new agent Drew Rosenhaus, could have kept the proceedings going a while in an attempt to up his ante, knowing that the Giants did indeed want him back.
"I could have held out longer but it was nice to get it done," Hynoski said. "I didn't really want to drag it out for a few more weeks. Now I can focus on my training. I'm not one of those guys who was going to hold out for more and more."
Hynoski is busy working out and getting ready for the Giants' first mini-camp, in late April.