Southern Columbia graduate Henry Hynoski will likely make his NFL debut this afternoon when the New York Giants open the 2011 season against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Washington.

Hynoski, a fullback, made the Giants' 53-man roster as a free agent after not being drafted last April.

"I'm kind of anxious," Hynoski said Saturday from his hotel room in Alexandria, Va., where he

was staying with the team. "I don't like waiting for a big game the day before. I want to just get started and get to the kickoff."

Hynoski said he's been both elated and busy since making the final cut.

"I feel great. I'm excited for the opportunity and I couldn't be happier," he said. "I've really been blessed.

"We've been having lots of meetings, trying to get prepared, and now I'm relaxing with my family for a little bit."

"I kind of knew I had a good shot (of making the team) after I made my first start, against the Jets," Hynoski said. Then, when he was held out of the team's final preseason game along with most of the other starters, he felt like things would work out.

"But you can never be sure until it's officially over," he said.

Hynoski's father, Henry Sr., a former NFL player himself, said his son had some anxious moments as teams made their final cuts.

"He didn't know officially until 6 p.m. on Saturday (the official cut deadline)," Henry Sr. said. "He was relieved. He was kind of on edge for the whole six weeks (of preseason camp).

"It kind of all worked out for the better after the draft and all that happened. It's great for us (he and wife Kathy and other family members). For us to go to New York is half the distance it was to Pittsburgh."

Hynoski played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he started at fullback the past two seasons before opting out of his senior season to make himself eligible for the draft.

Hynoski's parents will attend today's opener. Henry Sr. wasn't exactly sure what seating arrangements would be for family members for regular season games.

"We were pretty much removed from other family members for the preseason games," he said. "I'm not sure what kind of seats we'll get."

When your son's playing in his first NFL game, almost any seat would seem the best one in the house.