Giants OC Mike Sullivan Nominated For Salute to Service Award


Veterans’ Day has a special meaning for New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan played at, graduated from, and coached at the United States Military Academy. He also served as a United States Army Ranger.

“It is a very important day. It’s obviously a time we recognize those men and women who have served and all the sacrifices that have been made,” Sullivan said. “None of us get to do what we’re doing had it not been for those sacrifices and also to keep in mind those are currently serving.”

Sullivan was announced as the Giants’ nominee for the Salute to Service Award.

The award, presented annually by the NFL and USAA (a financial services company for current and former military members and their families), is to honor a member of the NFL community who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.


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“I’m humbled by that,” Sullivan said. “First off, for this organization to nominate me, I just think the world of the New York Giants, from top to bottom, just an incredible organization.”

“I’m humbled to recognized, I should say nominated, by the Giants for that. Just honored to represent them and honored to be included as a nominee in that program.”

Sullivan also had thoughts on the Giants’ pedestrian offense, particularly the loss of offensive lineman Justin Pugh and his replacement, Brett Jones.

“I think you have someone who was producing, doing good things. It gives an opportunity for someone else,” Sullivan said. “I think you look at a Brett Jones that went in there not having any snaps throughout the week at the guard position and just had to rely on work ethic and preparation.”

“The guy is a student of the game, he’s a grinder, he’s a tough guy and he’s going to be put to the test this week. We’re excited about the fact that he’s had an additional week.”

Sullivan also offered thoughts about the Giants’ running game, ranked dead last in the NFL.

“I think if you look at just from the second half particularly and we were in that end of game, four-minute mode if you will,” Sullivan said. “We were able to have some success running the ball when they had a good feeling we were going to run.”

“We had a big run getting the ball on the edge. So, you see some of those flashes, after having setbacks in the first half…I think the fact from that second half, despite some of the setbacks, we were able to do some good things and something positive to build upon.”

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