If I had to choose to write a feature story about one person on the New York Giants, it would be Lawrence Tynes. He has an interesting back story, and it would make for a striking feature story on an NFL player who was largely responsible for the Giants making it to Super Bowl XLII.
Here are 15 questions I would ask Tynes in an interview:
1) You were born in Greenock, Scotland, and you are only the seventh Scottish born player in NFL history. What was it like to live in a foreign country, and when did your family move to the States?
2) Your father was a Navy SEAL. How was life with your family, and was your father a strict disciplinarian growing up?
3) You played football for Milton High School in Florida, where you learned to kick during your senior year. Do you have any memorable games that standout in your mind and any stories from your high school years?
4) After High School, you went to Troy University, where your teammate Osi Umenyiora also attended, and graduated with a degree in criminal justice. How advantageous was it for you to go into the NFL with a college education behind you?
5) How meaningful is it for you knowing that you still own school records for career field goals and points?
6) In 2001 you made it to the NFL as a rookie free agent, and participated on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad. Although you were only on the practice squad, did you learn anything from a specific coach or coaches?
7) After your stint with the Chiefs, you made your way to the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe. What was it like playing for the country you were born in?
8) In 2003, you came back to North America, this time playing north of the border for the CFL’s Ottawa Renegades. How exactly did you get into the Canadian Football League, and why did you choose to play there instead of coming directly back to the NFL?
9) You came back to the NFL and kicked for the Chiefs from 2004-2006. What was it like the first day, and how did you feel after the ball went through the uprights completing your first good field goal?
10) Did you notice any differences in kicking in the NFL as compared to College?
11) You missed two field goals against Green Bay, but eventually made the huge 47-yard field goal to boot your team to the Super Bowl. What was running through your head before the snap of that ball?
12) After the NFC title game in Green Bay, you appeared on David Letterman. You described a typical day with “meetings in the morning.” What goes on in those meetings, and could you maybe describe what your typical week is like during the regular season and/or playoffs?
13) Michael Strahan screamed “17-14” on the sidelines before Eli Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLII, and his feelings during that drive were made apparent. What was your feeling during that final drive of the Super Bowl, and what was your first reaction when the clock reached 00:00?
14) Eight days after the Super Bowl, you received a contract extension, five years, $7 million. You then injured your knee during training camp. Was it hurtful for you to have to miss a portion of the 2008-09 season after the meaningful Super Bowl winning campaign?
15) 2009-10 is looking to be a different year for the Giants. There were additions and subtractions from the roster. What are your expectations for the upcoming season, and do you feel the team is capable of winning the Super Bowl again?