For Zak DeOssie, a career in the NFL was not a far-fetched dream but rather a family legacy. DeOssie recalls that much of his childhood spent in North Andover, Massachusetts was spent idolizing his father, Steve, who had a twelve-year career in the League and won Super Bowl XXV with the New York Giants.
His dream of following in his father’s footsteps started to materialize when he became the first student-athlete at Brown University to be invited to the NFL Combine. Soon after his graduation, he was drafted by the New York Giants, where he spent the entirety of his thirteen-year career as a long snapper. Plus, “I played one more year than my dad—which is cool,” DeOssie laughed.
Super Bowl XLII marked more than just Zak DeOssie’s first Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots—his hometown team—but also the first and only time that a father-son duo both won Super Bowls for the same franchise. DeOssie vividly remembers the final minutes of the big game: as Tom Brady took the field in the last moments of the game, DeOssie recalls every player on the Giants’ sideline holding hands and praying.