New York Giants: Giants Extend Long Snapper Zak DeOssie

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Linebacker Zak DeOssie #51 of the New York Giants celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Giants won 21-17 against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Long snappers typically only make news when they deliver an errant snap on a potential game-winning kick, but Zak DeOssie isn't your typical long snapper.

In fact, the New York Giants believe enough in the 27-year-old to have recently signed him to an extension worth nearly $3.5 million over three seasons, according to Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

The new deal, which will keep DeOssie in blue through at least 2015, includes $900,000 in guaranteed money.

Originally a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft, DeOssie has become a key contributor on the Giants special teams. He was named a captain prior to their 2011 Super Bowl-winning season.

He's also seen time as a reserve linebacker and special teams coverage player, although his duties are now restricted to short and deep snapping.

He starred at Brown University after a decorated career at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA (where Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took a post-graduate year before attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut), and finished as a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award on two occasions.

He's the son of former Giants and Patriots linebacker Steve DeOssie, who currently serves as a football radio and television analyst in the Boston area. Steve and Zak are the only father-son duo in NFL history to both win a Super Bowl with the same franchise.