Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Webster's Corner Market

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Webster's Corner Market

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- The memento sits in someone else's house, the centerpiece of someone else's trophy case.

Corey Webster not only intercepted the last pass of Brett Favre's Packers career in the Jan., 2008 NFC Championship Game. He helped seal the Giants' trip to the Super Bowl, setting up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning field goal in overtime.

But the veteran cornerback has packed away those memories, and even gave away the football he picked off to Army Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, an Iraq War veteran who lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb.

The time has come to make new memories in Green Bay.

"A lot of people hold that play in high regard," Webster said. "I just take it as another play. It was a play to get us to the Super Bowl and not much more than that."

The time to earn more souvenirs comes Sunday when the Giants (10- 7) face the top-seeded Packers (15-1) in an NFC divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field. Webster will be challenged by Aaron Rodgers and his receivers, who linked up for 369 yards and four touchdowns last month in Green Bay's 38-35 victory over the Giants.

But he has been up to the task all season.

"I think Corey should be All-Pro," safety Kenny Phillips said. "I think he should have made the Pro Bowl. It's a shame he doesn't get all the credit he deserves because he's that type of player."

Eli Manning led an offense with the NFL's worst running game to the playoffs. Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul have risen to become superstars.

But Webster could be just as important for shutting down opponents' top receivers and for the leadership he has shown in the injury-plagued secondary.

"He's been amazing. Amazing," safety Deon Grant said. "They really weren't talking about Web before the season. It was all about Terrell Thomas the whole time. Then they were signing Prince [Amukamara].

"It seemed like they were counting him out as far as being a star corner in this league. …

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