When he's not chasing down Michael Vick or getting beers thrown at him by 8-year-olds, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck moonlights as a children's book author.
The All-Pro released his first book, "Home-Field Advantage," this summer and has been sharing it with schoolchildren across New York. The book is based on Tuck's own childhood in Alabama, where he grew up with five older sisters who "bossed him around."
On Tuesday, the Giants star discussed the book on "The Dan Patrick Show."
"Growing up in rural Alabama I got a lot of stories that I felt would be both funny and in some ways educational to the demographic that I love the most, kids. Me and my wife are very passionate about kids and education. The book was a way of hopefully getting kids excited about reading. I love reading it to my son. Hopefully a lot of other parents out there will appreciate it and the kids will enjoy it and get a laugh out of it. Hopefully it's a turn on to get the kids starting reading."
Tuck has read the book for schoolchildren as part of his R.U.S.H. For Literacy foundation. He and his wife, Lauran, founded the charity in 2008 to "read, understand, succeed and hope." They are committed to raising funds for books and other reading materials to support children in the New York City and Central Alabama communities.
That's something you can root for no matter which football team you support.