Those grins the New York Giants were sporting during their trip through the Canyon of Heroes may have gotten a boost from a nip or two of "Blue" booze.
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Moments before the Giants left the Meadowlands on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl win, each member of the team — including the coaches and the front office — was given a custom-engraved 750-milliliter bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue whisky, a gift from gregarious defensive end Justin Tuck.
"I wanted to give the guys on the team, the coaches and everyone who got us to Indianapolis a personal gift to thank them for everything that they’ve done," Tuck said.
Each bottle had the player’s name and "Super Bowl XLVI champions" engraved on it. The total tally for 80 bottles was $17,600.
"Johnnie Walker is kind of a working man’s drink," fellow defensive end Dave Tollefson said of the premium scotch, which goes for $40 to $50 a drink. "Johnnie Walker and some Coke. It just speaks to the attitude of our team and the type of guy he is."
An eyewitness said that minutes after Tuck delivered the bottles to his pals around 8:00am local time, some players were seen scrambling to their cars to stow the precious bottles, which sell for around $220 each.
"To be a Super Bowl champion, not once, but twice is a dream, and I wanted to give something special to the teammates and coaches that made the dream possible," Tuck said. "My hope is that they share this with the friends and family who helped them achieve not only this individual win but the journey to it."