Praise to a NY Giants Unsung Hero: Madison Hedgecock

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 23:  Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants prepares to block for Brandon Jacobs during the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 23, 2007 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Every team, in all team sports, has their stars. In our Giants case, one could easily point out Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, and Justin Tuck as key players.


Notwithstanding, every great team—again, in all team sports—has their unsung heroes. These are the guys who sacrifice themselves for their teams, not for glory, as they usually get none, but for team spirit.


Those are the guys who almost never make the big play, but the ones without which the plays could never happen.


Madison Hedgecock is one of those heroes. Ever since he was drafted by St. Louis, all he ever did was dominate. His play for the Rams made Steven Jackson’s stellar 2006 season possible.


A real iron man, Hedgecock landed in NY in the beginning of the 2007 season (we all remember that one, right?), and made immediate impact. He quickly adapted to the Giants’ power running game, and instantly began to open real avenues for Brandon Jacobs to go through.


Gillbride stated that his arrival “was very important and he has given us a physical presence at that position.” Michael Strahan, when commenting about him said he “plays with reckless abandon, his tolerance for pain is just phenomenal.”


From the few times the media decided to talk about him, the critics were great, as he was praised sometimes as a “Giant Blessing.” While talking about his own game, Madison just said, “I just block. I just square my guys.”


His bruising lead-blocking ability and reckless mentality has made him crush LBs wherever he went, and allowed two RBs to run for 1,000 yards last year. Hedgecock has really been doing a beautiful job for the Giants, and, hopefully, will continue to dominate for years to come.


So this goes to our hero FB. We love you, Hedge!