Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Hyno Good Fit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants' Hyno Good Fit

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Henry Hynoski is tempted every once in a while to break out his highlight film from college or even high school, just so some of his closest friends on the Giants never forget he knows how to run the football.

"When we're all hanging out and joking around, and guys pop their tapes in, I like to remind them there used to be highlights of me, too," Hynoski recalled with a laugh.

Hynoski might not be at the center of many of those highlight packages nowadays, but the Giants' second-year fullback usually has a hand in creating them.

Long gone are the days when a varsity standout now nicknamed, "The Hynocerous" rushed for more than 7,000 yards, scored 113 touchdowns and averaged more than 10 yards per carry for Southern Columbia Area High School in Pennsylvania.

Hynoski still is dealing out punishment, however, and at the highest level of football, although most of it ultimately benefits the rushing yardage of somebody else.

And that's perfectly fine for the 23-year-old former undrafted free agent from the University of Pittsburgh, especially since he has carved out a niche for himself in the Giants' backfield and has garnered a lot of respect 27 games into his NFL career.

"A lot of people often talk about how fullbacks are being phased out of the game," said Hynoski, who has two career carries for 7 yards.

"But you're always going to need a lead blocker; you're going to need a guy who can thump for certain situations.

"The way I look at it now, if our back gets 1,000 yards, that's like me getting 1,000 yards. That's the satisfaction and the gratitude I get out of it."

Hynoski has modeled his bruising game after his father and namesake, a former NFL back with the Cleveland Browns. When the younger Hynoski was learning the sport, his film study included Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Earl Campbell and Larry Csonka - Dad's favorites - as well as former Cowboys All-Pro Daryl "Moose" Johnston. If the Giants want to run the football against Dallas in Sunday's NFC East showdown - which they failed to do on opening night - their best often comes with Hynoski leading the way. …

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