New York Giants guard Chris Snee has absolutely nothing left to prove to anybody.
He’s packed his bags for Hawaii four times in his career, he’s been honored as a First-Team All-Pro once, and oh yeah, he’s got those two heavy, uncomfortable Super Bowl rings to boot.
But, even with a laundry list of accolades to his name, Snee’s most inspiring quality remains his unselfishness, which was on display (yet again) over this past weekend. Here is a quote from Snee, as reported by The New Jersey Star-Ledger:
“I know my number is high,” Snee said Friday morning on SiriusXM NFL radio. “The most important thing is to be part of a winning team. My role is to take a pay cut to bring in guys to help the team.”
In 2014, Snee has a cap number of $11.3 million and a salary of $6.75 million, a lot of coin for a 10-year veteran who has had surgery on both of his hips and an elbow in the past year. Everybody realizes this, including Snee. Snee wants to come back and play for the Giants in 2014, no matter what role he is given. Here is more of Snee’s interview reported in The Star-Ledger:
“I want to do what I can,” he said. “If I come back and somebody beats me out and I have to mentor the young guys, if that’s my role in this whole deal, I’m all for it. Whatever I can do to help things get back on the right path is my mindset.”
Snee is currently the highest paid guard in the league. If he didn’t volunteer to take a pay cut, the Giants would most likely have had to let him go. However, he still clearly has the will to compete pumping through his veins and he wants to be a part of New York’s roster in 2014.
Snee may not be the player he once was. But he is still very much the same person.