Diehl: "I Had Never Seen Him Before In My Life"

David Diehl reflects on a former teammate – and explains why a 17-game schedule is a bad idea

Taz and the Moose
October 17, 2019 - 11:30 am
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The NFL is reportedly pushing for a 17-game season, but many players – current and former – want no part of that. Two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl is one of them.

“No chance,” Diehl said on Taz & The Moose. “When you watch some of these games, when you get to Week 15, 16 and 17, some of these games you’re watching are like the battle of attrition. Teams are just trying to fill their roster. They’re pulling guys off the street for special teams, and it’s one of the toughest things to watch when you’re watching a product that’s not that good.”

Diehl, who played for the Giants from 2003-2013, shared a story from his rookie season to illustrate his point.

“I’ll never forget it,” he said. “Week 17, we’re playing for the Carolina Panthers. At this point, Jim Fassel already knows that he’s no longer going to be the head coach of the Giants, and we have 23 players on injured reserve.”

That’s a lot of players.

“So we go out there, and we’re doing the old lower back stretch,” Diehl recalled. “I go to my left, I’m fine. I go to my right, I have somebody stretching right next to me that I had never seen before in my life.”

As in, a teammate. On a 53-man roster.

“I’m not kidding,” Diehl said. “I literally have never seen this person before in my life. But we signed him on Saturday and he was starting on our special teams on Sunday. That is not a product you want on the field.”

Click below to listen to Diehl’s interview in its entirety.