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January 31, 2011

DeOssie: Golf with Peyton a highlight

HONOLULU, Hawaii — My last days here at Pro Bowl week have been like my first days here: Perfect.

It's been really nice to go to a beach and relax in January. Let's just say the water is a little warmer than Salisbury Beach.

I've been able to golf, too. On Saturday, I played with Peyton Manning, my teammate with the Giants, Justin Tuck, and Tuck's father-in-law. I've known Peyton through his brother Eli, whom I am good friends with. We rode in the cart together and had a lot of great discussions. He wanted to know about my engagement, and how I pulled it off. We talked a lot of football, playing in Indianapolis versus the New York area. He gave me a lot of strokes, which I needed, but in the end with both ended up doing pretty well when it came time to pay out.

Peyton is a great guy. He's a pro at this Pro Bowl. He rented a house because he had so much family here.

I know I said this a few days ago, but it's been nice just being around so many great players in this atmosphere. It brings out the best in everybody. The goal as players is not to get hurt and try to win a football game. That's the goal and I think everybody here understands that.

One thing I've done since I got here was remember the people who helped me out along the way, excluding my parents, whom are my heroes.

I remember Coach Rock on my 5th and 6th grade football team in North Andover. He was my first coach in organized football and he really let us have fun without even knowing it. I really think that was important for me to enjoy the game at an early age. We ended up winning the league championship in 6th grade. We were the undefeated North Andover Knights. I'll never forget that experience.

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