Lunch with Another Gridiron Great

June 13, 2011 – Earlier this week, I joined one of the most iconic players in New York Giants history for lunch at Pastis, which is located in the heart of the Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Bavaro, who helped the Giants win two Super Bowl titles, was in town for the 25th anniversary celebration of the first of those championship teams, the 1986 Giants.

“We never thought we were going to lose a game that year,” Bavaro said.

In the interview, Bavaro also discussed the experience of winning Super Bowl XXV in January 1991, a time that is more closely associated with the Persian Gulf War.

“We were going out there trying to win football games,” Bavaro said. “But it was hard to focus on the task at hand when there were people younger than us who were on the other side of the world fighting for their lives and for our country. The efforts of the soldiers really put sports into perspective.”

More recently, Bavaro wrote a novel, titled Rough and Tumble. In some ways, the book parallels Bavaro’s career, depicting an NFL player who is faced with a career ending injury.

Bavaro wrote the book in a year, but struggled to get it published. It was finally published in 2008.

“It was a difficult process, but the best advise I can give to any author is to never give up and to always have confidence in your work,” Bavaro said. “Even when it doesn’t look like anyone is going to publish what you’ve written, you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

–Alfred Santasiere III

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