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Armstead says Tampa trip is strictly about business

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Posted: Wednesday January 24, 2001 2:09 AM
Updated: Wednesday January 24, 2001 2:16 AM

  Jessie Armstead Linebacker Jessie Armstead says the Giants will save all of their celebrating for their return home to New York, hopefully with a Super Bowl ring. AP

New York Giants linebacker Jessie Armstead joined the Sports Tonight show (11 p.m. EST) Tuesday to talk about Super Bowl XXXV.

Fred Hickman: Everyone's talking about the Ravens' defense and their swagger. But you guys have some swagger, too, right?

Jessie Armstead: Somebody has to be No. 1 and somebody has to be No. 2. Everyone cares about the last man standing, so that's the main thing.

Vince Cellini: We noticed at Media Day that the Ravens were a very loose group, but you guys were very businesslike. Can you talk about this being a business trip for you?

Armstead: Well, it is a business trip. We know what it takes and we are going to do everything we can to win this game.

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Cellini: You're not interested in all the nightlife here in Tampa?

Armstead: The thing about that is, there is no party like a New York party. So we are going to take care of business here and take the party back to New York and party down that way.

Hickman: You guys reeled off the seven consecutive victories. What was it after that Detroit game that turned it around?

Armstead: It was a turning point. We could have gone either way, up or down. We decided we had to come together and make some things happen and we did that.

Cellini: How much will you be involved in covering Shannon Sharpe, or will you play man-to-man at times?

Armstead: We will be man-to-man a lot of times. The thing about it is, we have to play ball. We can't let them make the big plays like they have been. We have to hold up our end of the bargain.

Hickman: We have a caller, Rich in Kansas.

Rich in Kansas: I want to know how much Michael Strahan helps you out in creating the problems you guys try to do on defense?

Armstead: Michael helps us out tremendously. He causes a lot of problems for the tackles, and he helps me make the push on the quarterback. I make a lot of plays because of the problems he gives the quarterback.

Cellini: Do you anticipate the Ravens getting Harry Swayne out there on Strahan, and perhaps another tight end?

Armstead: Well, you have to get some help when you try to block Strahan. You can't block him one-on-one. Nobody can.

Hickman: What is your prediction for the game?

Armstead: It is going to be a smash-mouth game and there will be some turnovers. Whoever makes the biggest plays will win the game.

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