Giants lineman Petitgout OK after hurting ankle in practice
Updated: Thursday January 25, 2001 2:38 AM
Petitgout threw his helmet down and walked to the sideline, where his ankle was wrapped in ice. He had it retaped and returned for the final 20 minutes of practice.
"Somebody actually just rolled up on the back of him. He came in back later, so he is fine," head coach Jim Fassel said. "Anytime a guy goes down, though, it scares you. But we practiced pretty physical."
Starting safety Shaun Williams (hamstring) took part in half the full-team drills and backup cornerback Reggie Stephens (foot) took part in only a portion of the two-hour practice, held at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training facility.
"We should be pretty healthy," Fassel said. "I don't anticipate anyone missing the game."
Faulk wins NFL Player of the Year award
Faulk had already been named The Associated Press' Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year.
Despite missing two games, he set an NFL record with 26 touchdowns and finished with 2,189 yards from scrimmage. He rushed for 1,359 yards and averaged 5.4 yards.
Faulk received $30,000 for the award, which he donated to charities. He gave $20,000 to the Marshall Faulk Foundation and $10,000 to the Derrick Thomas Foundation. Thomas was the Chiefs' linebacker who died last February following a car accident.
The other five finalists received $5,000 each for their favorite charity. The award was sponsored by Miller Lite.
Former NFL QB Theismann throws with Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens brought a Super Bowl-winning quarterback to practice Wednesday -- Joe Theismann.
Theismann played quarterback on the scout team during Baltimore's 7-on-7 drills at the beginning of the nearly two-hour workout. He completed four of the six passes, including a bomb to Marcus Nash.
"He can still wing it," head coach Brian Billick said.
Billick said he invited Theismann, who led the Washington Redskins to the Super Bowl title in 1983, because he was the only analyst in the preseason who said the Ravens would make the Super Bowl.
The Ravens practiced in shoulder pads and helmets.
"I wanted to set a tempo," Billick said. "We had scaled it down last week, but now they are refreshed and ready to go. It did get a little feisty out there, but we got that taken care of and ratcheted it down a bit."
All players practiced, including safety Kim Herring, who missed the last two playoff games because of an ankle injury.
Cross returns after 10-year hiatus
By now, after being asked the same question dozens of times leading up to the Super Bowl, Giants tight end Howard Cross has an answer memorized.
What does he remember from his last trip to the Super Bowl?
"I think I've got this down now," Cross said Wednesday. "National Anthem, wide right, we got frisked going into the stadium and we were at war."
Cross remembers it well, or at least the major themes. It was his last trip to the Super Bowl, the 1991 game in Tampa that was played during the Gulf War.
The lone current New York Giants player who was around for the 20-19 victory against Buffalo, Cross had four catches for 39 yards, including three for first downs. The game was decided on Scott Norwood's missed 47-yard field goal attempt with four seconds remaining.
"I don't remember too much what I was doing in the game," Cross said. "I remember it was a good game; it was a lot of fun. It was 10 years ago. I caught a few passes."
The Giants have seen three new head coaches since Bill Parcells, and the only constant among the players has been Cross, a rarity in the NFL's current era of free agency.
"I never really took the opportunity to leave," he said. "I guess I probably could have left if I really tried. But I enjoyed it. It's been a great team and a great organization for me. Things are working out perfectly."
Giants seek more stadium renovation
Three seasons after $43 million of improvements to Giants Stadium were completed, New York Giants officials are discussing an even larger facelift with their landlord, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
The team is seeking a renovation costing about $200 million, Giants co-owner Robert Tisch said Wednesday.
"It would be to improve the facility for the patrons, for the ticket-holders. Wider corridors, better men's and ladies' rooms, better food courts," Tisch said. "It would be a modernization."
The team is not interested in adding to the 78,000 seats or placing a roof over the 25-year-old stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, he said.
"We hope that we will be able to do some renovations in due time," Tisch said.
He said that without new work by 2004, Giants Stadium would be among only five of the 31 NFL stadiums that were not new or recently renovated.
Tisch said he and co-owner Wellington Mara are speaking with the sports authority.
Asked if the team would sell naming rights to the stadium, a multimillion revenue source for many other franchises, Tisch said, "We haven't even thought about it."
The Giants' lease expires in 2026, while the lease for the Jets is up in 2008. The Jets are being courted by New York City, where Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is pushing for a new stadium on Manhattan's West Side.
Sports authority spokesman John Samerjan said the agency hopes the Jets stay, and that it wants to work with both franchises.
"Giants Stadium is an excellent football facility, and all the parties want to keep it that way for a long time to come," Samerjan said.
The last major work at Giants Stadium was completed in August 1998, and added 46 new suites and 124 new club seats. The authority and the teams paid for construction, primarily through a $31 million bank loan. No taxpayer money was used, the authority said.
Financing for the proposed renovation has not been finalized.