February 5, 2012


This could be Slater's special moment (MARK WHICKER, 2/04/12, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

The Giants ran 1,028 plays from scrimmage in the regular season, and their kickoffs, kickoff returns, punts and punt returns totaled 244. And in a capped-out league where equality is the grail, a special-teams turnover is often the game-clincher.

Slater is the Patriots' special teams captain, although he played safety in a game against the Colts this year and, in exhibitions, caught five passes for 190 yards.

"My father told me just to do everything I can prepare myself and live with no regrets," Slater told the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram and Gazette. "He had a mind-set that was unique. The more I play, the more appreciation I have for what he did."

The father, of course, is Jackie Slater, the 20-year Rams tackle who has reminded Matthew that he only got to one Super Bowl, after the 1979 season, when Vince Ferragamo almost conjured up what would have been the biggest Super Bowl upset. The Rams led the Steelers, and all their Hall of Famers, after three quarters but finally lost, 31-19.

The Slaters are the seventh father-son combo to play in a Super Bowl. The only father-son pair that went 2-0 are the DeOssies. Father Steve was a Giants linebacker and son Zak was, and is, the Giants long-snapper.

Obviously, Zak DeOssie can only make himself famous today by messing up. Obviously, Matthew Slater can thrust his number into lights by knocking loose a football. Obviously, some member of Super Bowl Special Forces will do something obvious.
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