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February 3, 2012

Former St. John's Prep star Lucier rooting for his ex-Giants teammates

Wayne Lucier may be a former New York Giant, but the one-time St. John's Prep football captain was always a Patriot fan until then. So it's only natural that he'd have mixed feelings about tomorrow's Super Bowl XLVI between the two squads in Indianapolis (6:29 p.m.).

Because many of Lucier's former coaches and teammates are still with the Giants, the seventh round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft has a soft spot in his heart for them.

Lucier was chosen by the Giants that year in a class which included two current players: defensive end Osi Umenyiora and tackle David Diehl.

"The Giants have a lot of family orientation, much like the Patriots," said Lucier. "Many of the coaches, training staff and equipment people are the same as when I played for them. In fact, I talked to one of the trainers, who has been with the team for the last 30 years, the other day and he told me it's all the same guys.

"I think it's going to be a great game. Will it be high scoring? That's hard to say, but I think the Patriots have to score a lot of points to win, and Tom Brady will have to play better than he did against the Ravens (in the AFC Championship). That will be harder to do because the Giants defense is playing so well. I think it will come down to the Pats' offensive line. They will have to protect Brady and give him time to throw or else they're going to be in big trouble with the defensive pressure from the Giants."

The former guard and center knows all about protecting the quarterback. Lucier played for New York from 2003-05 before being released. He was picked up by Green Bay, but an injury ended his career for good in August 2006.

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