INDIANAPOLIS — When Tom Brady lofted the final Hail Mary into the air, time stopped for a moment in the mind of North Andover's Zak DeOssie.
But, when time began again and the ball landed safely on the turf, DeOssie was celebrating his second Super Bowl title in his five-year NFL career.
"It's pretty crazy," said DeOssie. "When that ball hit the ground it was beyond words. Two-time Super Bowl champ. I don't think it's quite sunk in yet."
The former Phillips Academy star added Super Bowl ring No. 2 to his collection last night as the Giants rallied past the Patriots 21-17.
It may have been his second time around, but for DeOssie it was even sweeter than No. 1.
"Four years later, you have an idea what it takes to get here and how rare it is," said the long snapper. "My rookie year was unbelievable, but if you can believe it this was even better."
For DeOssie, the reality of the world title hit him so much harder than that stunning win over the perfect Patriots in 2008.
"My rookie year my head was spinning and you're thinking, 'Is this normal?'" he said. "Now I really understand what (then-punter) Jeff Feagles was telling me. All the veterans were saying, 'Don't get used to this.'
"This is so rare, and such a great opportunity to even be here to play in this game. And to win it, now that I am older, I really understand what it means."
DeOssie, in fact, set up one of the biggest plays of the night, and one of the strangest plays in Super Bowl history.
It was DeOssie, after New York was forced to punt on the first possession of the game, who sprinted down field and to down the ball at the Patriots' 6-yard-line.