The New York Giants rewarded guard Rich Seubert with a three-year contract extension on Monday. The offensive lineman is entering his eighth season with the Giants and the extension will keep him with the team through the 2012 season.
Seubert started all sixteen games for the G-Men last season and helped orchestrate the game winning drive in which Seubert's pass protection helped Eli Manning reach Plaxico Burress for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLII.
Seubert, an outstanding athlete at Western Illinois University, signed with the Giants in 2001 as an undrafted free agent. Seubert started his career as a tight end in college before converting to the line. He also excelled in basketball and baseball in high school, leading both his football and basketball teams to two state championships a piece in Wisconsin.
Upon signing with the Giants, Seubert surprised all and won the starting left guard position in 2002, where he started all sixteen regular season games.
Perhaps Seubert's most famous moment came in the 2002 NFC Divisional Playoffs where he drew a should-have-been pass interference flag as an eligible receiver downfield on Trey Junkin's botched field goal snap. Seubert's probable game-winning flag was not thrown and the Giants lost on an ineligible receiver downfield (Tam Hopkins) penalty.
With trade discussions including Chad Johnson and Adam "Pacman" Jones, as well as free agent signings of Reche Caldwell and Jason Elam, the Giants move to extend Seubert's contract has been overlooked.
Seubert was an anchor of the Giants' 2007 offensive line which produced the fourth best rushing attack while giving up the 12th least amount of sacks in the NFL.
In a league where a solid offensive line is necessary for victory, the Giants have retained a great piece to their success.