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Once again Hynoski was healthy. After
signing a one year deal with the Giants, he knew
he had to prove himself healthy and back to the
level of physicality and athleticism that he had
prior to the injuries in order to secure back his
job. His relentless determination enabled him to
do just that and he had the best blocking year of
The Giants hired a new offensive coordinator
and the "West Coast Offense" was installed. Under
this offense Hynoski's snaps had decreased
but not his importance to the team. His role was
expanded and the running game proved to be
more productive when he was in blocking.
He was not only used as a lead blocker, but
also as an H back, pass protector and a short
yardage back. Proven to be a good short yardage
back, five of his seven carries went for first
downs. His Pro Football Focus grade of +6.4 run
blocking was the second highest of all fullbacks
in the league and first of all free agent fullbacks.
His impeccable technique and performance
awarded him an All Pro Honorable Mention by
Pro Football Focus, and All-East Team Honors.
Making every practice and playing in all sixteen
games proved that he was 100% healthy again.
He was once again that physical and punishing
fullback that he was noted for.
The expectations for Hynoski for the
2013 Giants' season were great. Emerging as
one of the best blocking fullbacks in the league
and gaining the trust of the coaches as a leader
on and off the field, Hynoski was set for his role
to be increased. After his breakout sophomore
season, Pro Football Focus named him the Giants’
“Secret Superstar.” However, the damper
came when he suffered a knee injury on the first
day of “non contact” OTA’s.
After undergoing successful surgery two days later,
he was determined to play in the first game of
the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys.
He began his rehab immediately and aggressively
attacked it while missing training camp
and preseason. With his fortitude, hard work
and determination, he fulfilled his promise and
returned for the first game. By the third game
he was close to regaining his football form when
another setback fell upon him. He suffered a
season ending shoulder injury.
Devastated initially, Hynoski then decided he
would overcome this second obstacle with a
vegeance. After all, his career flourished on
overcoming adversity. While on injured reserve,
he worked diligently and aggressively once again
in rehab. He vowed to return stronger than ever
and earn his job back as the Giants' only fullback.
There was no sophomore slump for
New York Giants starting fullback Henry Hynoski,
coming off a whirlwind first season that saw him
become the only rookie to earn a starting role on
offense and ended with him hoisting the Vince
Lombardi Trophy as Super Bowl XLVI Champion.
No, Hynoski went right to work within a few short
weeks after the last piece of tickertape from the
Canyon of Heroes parade down New York City’s
famed Broadway honoring the World Champions
was swept up, his goal to reinvent himself into a
leaner, meaner, and more effective contributor
Hynoski’s goals, all of which he met, thanks to his
dogged determination, included significantly improving
his strength, his knowledge of his assignments,
and his overall familiarity of the Giants
playbook. He parlayed his long hours of training
and studying into a sophomore campaign that
saw him vastly increase not only his on-field contributions,
but also his off-field leadership.
On the field, Hynoski helped teammate Ahmad
Bradshaw rush for 1,015 yards, Bradshaw being
the first Giants running back to reach the 1,000-
yard rushing mark behind the Elysburg, Penn.
native’s lead. In addition, Hynoski’s efforts helped
third-year running back Andre Brown enjoy a
breakout season that included 73 carries for 385
yards and a team-leading 8 rushing touchdowns.
Hynoski’s blocking also helped rookie first-round
draft pick David Wilson achieve an amazing
breakout performance on offense against New
Orleans. In that game, Wilson finished with 13
carries for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, in addition
to 227 kickoff return yards— including a 97-
yard return for a touchdown—all of which were
partially made possible by Hynoski, who was part
of the two-man “wedge” on kickoff returns.
Besides clearing the way for his running backs
against some of the NFL’s top linebackers—such
as NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis of the
49ers, London Fletcher of the Redskins, DeMarcus
Ware and Anthony Spencer of the Cowboys,
and A. J. Hawk of the Packers—Hynoski was
much more than just a lead blocker who helped
spring his running backs for 15 of the team’s 18
Once a prolific running back in high school,
Hynoski was called upon to run the ball five
times for the Giants in 2012. In those carries, he
amassed 20 yards, affording Giants offensive
coordinator Kevin Gilbride another option to use
in the team’s first- and second- down packages.
It was in the passing game in which Hynoski
made his biggest contribution. He was thrown
to 15 times, catching 11 of those passes for 50
yards. Two of those receptions went for first
downs, and one other, which came in the Giants’
2012 regular-season finale against the Eagles on
December 30, Hynoski’s 24th birthday, resulted
in his first NFL career touchdown.
Following his milestone score, the final points in
an emotionally charged 42-7 Giants victory, the
man bearing the moniker “Hynocerous” went on
to further endear himself to thousands of Giants
fans with his now wildly popular “Hynocerous”
Off the field, Hynoski was quick to answer head
coach Tom Coughlin’s challenge to his players
to take ownership of their role within the team’s
When injuries began to affect the Giants running
backs—Brown was lost in Week 12 after
suffering a broken leg, while Bradshaw struggled
through knee and foot injuries—Hynoski took it
upon himself to mentor Wilson in learning the
team’s pass-blocking concepts.
Hynoski regularly spent hours every week quizzing
Wilson, as well as veteran teammates Kregg
Lumpkin and Ryan Torain, both of whom were
signed to provide depth, in order to help them
get up to speed on the offense’s terminology and
Hynoski did more than just contribute in the
locker room; he was the only member of the
Giants voted to the 2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals
Team. The team, chosen by a prestigious
panel of five longtime football industry
experts, recognizes NFL players for
their textbook-style technique in setting an example
for youth football players to emulate.
In February 2011, Pitt’s Henry Hynoski,
rated as one of the top college fullback prospects
by multiple draft scout publications, felt
a pop in his hamstring while running his first
40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in
The injury not only cut short his combine performance,
but it also threatened to end his dream
of following in the NFL footsteps of his father—
Henry, Sr., a former NFL fullback taken in the
sixth round of the 1975 draft by the Cleveland
Through hard work and determination, Hynoski
rehabbed his hamstring, but still went undrafted.
Hoping to get his chance as a free agent, on
July 28, 2011, Hynoski signed with the New York
Giants, entering camp as the only true fullback
on the roster.
He quickly gained the trust and respect of teammates
and coaches, not just on offense, but
also on special teams. By his second pre-season
game, he saw his practice reps increase, and
appeared to be on his way toward earning a
By Week 3 of the NFL pre-season, Hynoski
moved ahead of Bear Pascoe on the depth chart
at fullback, becoming the first of his rookie teammates
to emerge as a starter. By opening day,
Hynoski was one of 10 rookies to make the
Giants’ 53-man roster, and the only rookie to get
on the field for the offense in a starting role.
Following a five-week absence from the field due
to an injury, Hynoski returned to the starting
lineup and his production took off.
His stellar lead blocking resulted in eight 100-
yard rushing performances by the Giants’ running
game, including key late-season games
against the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys
that helped the Giants secure the NFC East Division
title; the Giants’ Wild Card dominance over
the Atlanta Falcons; and their impressive showing
in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England
Hynoski also showed himself to be a reliable
receiver out of the backfield, catching 17 of 18
passes (94.4%) for 122 yards (7.17 yards per
catch), and amassing 114 yards after the catch
His season high in this category was 4 receptions
for 31 yards, including a three-on-one
second-quarter drive in Week 17 against Dallas
(1/1/12), a game that sent the Giants to the
post-season tournament for the first time in two