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New Giants DT Harrison Skips Honeymoon to Get Ready for the Grind of 2016

Damon Harrison

Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison could be enjoying his honeymoon on a beach somewhere far away but he’s not, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Harrison and several other NFL players are grinding away, starting another week of workouts with Brian Martin, the NFL Program Director of Montclair-based Parabolic Performance and Rehab, and his staff.

It has been a whirlwind offseason for Harrison. The undrafted free agent-turned-elite nose tackle signed a five-year, $46.5 million contract to move across town from the Jets to the Giants. He made good on his lifelong promise to buy his mother, Brunella, a house. And he married his wife, Alexis, over the July 4 weekend in Florida.

But while his life has changed, Harrison has not. He still works as he did before the acclaim and money. He is “still scared that they will take my playbook if I don’t do right,” as he said earlier this spring. He approaches his career as if he still is the no-name fighting for a roster spot he once was.

“At the end of the day, I still don’t feel like I got what I deserve. And I don’t think I ever would,” Harrison said after a recent workout. “They can give me a billion dollar contract, and I’d still be out here like I’m trying to make the team, or working for a contract. That’s just the guy I am.”

Harrison was on a plane back to New Jersey from Orlando once his wedding was over, back at work with Martin soon after. Now is not the time for a honeymoon, or to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

“I’ll do that when I’m done with football,” he said. “Next offseason, we’ll go on a honeymoon. She understands that and respects that; that’s why I love my wife.”

“I know a lot of people say [they don’t change after a big contract], to make it sound cool and whatever. But that’s true to me,” Harrison said. “I want to be great. I want to be considered the best at what I do. I don’t come out here to be top three or one of the best. I come out here to be the best.”

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