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January 31, 2012

Despite injury, Peabody's Goff will be with his Giants teammates at Super Bowl

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Goff said he and his teammates had high hopes going into the season. When the NFL lockout ended last summer Goff was in top shape, but on Labor Day weekend he was hurt in a non-contact drill when a running back hit his knee. Although he was able to walk off the field the team wanted an MRI taken the next day, which revealed the tear.

"If you don't go into each season optimistic and positive about your team's chances, there's something wrong," said Goff. "I was expecting a good season, and it was disappointing not to be part of it."

Goff said he was fortunate there was no other damage to his knee and that the surgery was a complete success.

Because he grew up in New England people might assume Goff was a Patriots fan, but that's not the case.

"Believe it or not I was not a Patriot fan, and my friends will all tell you that I never rooted for them," said Goff with a chuckle. "I watched them play all the time, but instead of any one team I had some favorite players from a couple of different teams and followed them closely. I'm a fan of all sports in general, a fan of competition.

"I played quarterback at St. John's Prep for a while, and I really liked (former Eagles and Vikings QB) Randall Cunningham. (Ex-Denver running back) Terrell Davis, (Baltimore Ravens linebacker) Ray Lewis and (former Steelers and Panthers linebacker) Greg Lloyd were a few I really liked."

Goff is excited about being part of the whole extravaganza in Indianapolis this week, and would like nothing better than to come back home to Peabody with a Super Bowl ring.

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