Clearing the Way: Sitting Down with Giants FB Madison Hedgecock

Tristan O'NeillContributor IMay 29, 2009

Clearing the Way: Sitting Down with Giants FB Madison Hedgecock

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2008:  Madison Hedgecock of the New York Giants poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Getty Images)

What was the biggest transitional difference for you between college football and the NFL?

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 9:  Madison Hedgecock #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels prepares for the snap during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on October 9, 2004 at Kenan Stadium Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina

What do you relish more? Delivering a crushing hit on a top NFL linebacker or catching a touchdown pass out of the backfield and why?

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 09:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants runs the ball against Brian Dawkins #20 of the Philadelphia Eagles as Madison Hedgecock #39 blocks at Lincoln Financial Field on November 9, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo

The fullback position is brutal on the body. Defensive end Justin Tuck has been quoted as saying he would never want to play fullback in the NFL. Between weeks, how do you prepare yourself mentally and physically for the next game?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 07:  Madison Hedgecock #37 of the New York Giants gets ready to run a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during their game on December 7, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Ima

You don't get much praise on SportsCenter or in sports articles for your achievements. Do coaches and players congratulate you after a key block? And if so, what do they tell you?

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 06:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass the ball behind teammate Madison Hedgecock #39 during the second quarter of the NFC Wild Card game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on January 6

It's 1st-and-10, if you could call the play in the huddle, which play would you choose?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 21:  Full Back Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants gets tackled by Damione Lewis #92 of the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Ima

What is it like to lead the way for a power runningback like Brandon Jacobs, whose physique is nearly identical to yours?

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    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/Get

In the past, head coach Tom Coughlin was often ridiculed for being too strict and rigid with his players. However, some time between 2006 and 2007, Coughlin changed his demeanor. How did you personally experience this change?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants dumps Gatorade on head coach Tom Coughlin after the Giants defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in

Winning the Super Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment for many NFL players. What impact did winning the Super Bowl have on you?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Ph

What are your realistic expectations of the 2009-2010 New York Giants team?

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 26: Kevin Boss #89 and Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants celebrate Boss's game winning touchdown reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 26, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Giants won 21-14

Away from football, how do you pass your time? What hobbies do you enjoy the most?

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants kisses the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (P

If you were able to star in any other professional sport, which sport would you choose and why?

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 28:  Fullback Madison Hedgecock #39 of the New York Giants makes a catch during a preseason game against the New England Patriots on August 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Get